Fictional mob boss Tony Soprano was many things: a sensitive soul, a cold-blooded killer, a loving father, an unfaithful husband. The late, great James Gandolfini, on the other hand, was one thing and one thing only: a literal saint who was every bit as great a person as he was an actor.
Whether he was helping out distressed bartenders, leaving huge tips for waitstaff, or standing up for his fellow actors, the man who played Tony Soprano had a reputation for brightening the lives of everyone around him — whether it was his colleagues, family members, or perfect strangers. In fact, the actor had such a knack for decency to strangers that the internet is brimming with anecdotes from people who had wonderful interactions with him they'll remember forever. Here are just a few of the most heartwarming examples of James Gandolfini being a perfect sweetie we were able to find on Twitter.
Once A Bartender, Always A Bartender
One of the people in this house had a James Gandolfini story from her time as a bartender: she was working a slammed celebrity party and he came behind the bar to open wine bottles and help her out— breakdancing robot that caught on fire (@voellig) July 11, 2021
He used to be a bartender, he knew how to use a wine key— breakdancing robot that caught on fire (@voellig) July 11, 2021285Fantastic or fuhgettable?
'Tipped Like A Beast'
He also tipped like a beast. A friend of mine worked Cinespia at the Hollywood forever cemetery and he helped out JG with like a super minor thing and walked away with $200— BYOB/GYN (@bilalisagoodguy) July 12, 2021211Fantastic or fuhgettable?
Appeared on 'Sesame Street' When His Son Was A Toddler
James Gandolfini on Sesame Street is so wholesome pic.twitter.com/wAMfGrnk4B— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) September 26, 2020227Fantastic or fuhgettable?
Kept His Friends Away From Creeps
Gandolfini warned my Hollywood friend, a woman he worked with, to never go near Harvey Weinstein, because he was “a bad man.”— Rocket (@silviaroyer) July 12, 2021217Fantastic or fuhgettable?