Television: Call Him a Made Man

As a mobster, Sopranos' James Gandolfini sings

Here are the reasons, in case it's unclear, that certain actors get profiled in the national press: they're appearing in a TV series and/or a few movies bestowed upon the world simultaneously (our subject qualifies); they're so physically blessed they make John Kennedy Jr. look like Don Rickles (well, maybe not); they're just terrific at what they do (another check mark here). It helps too if there is anything in an actor's history that could be construed as extraordinary. And with James Gandolfini, as it turns out, there happens to be: he's a New York City actor who has never been...

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