Stars are paying tribute to actor James Gandolfini, who.
The actor was best known for his Emmy-winning role as a conflicted New Jersey mob boss on HBO's "The Sopranos," which ran from 1999-2007.
Michael Chiklis, Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, Ewan McGregor and Gandolfini's "Sopranos" co-stars are among the celebrities who sent condolences for the man who played Tony Soprano:
David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos": "He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart" There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Lilliana this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world. He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
Edie Falco, co-star on "The Sopranos": "I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, co-star on "The Sopranos": "This news has left me heartbroken. I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael and Liliana. I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be alright if he was around. I treasure my memories with him and feel so honored that I was an up close witness to his greatness."
Journey: "It's truly an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments ever in TV history with James Gandolfini. He was an amazing actor -- taken way too young -- and he'll be missed. Our condolences go out to his family."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: "It's an awful shock. James Gandolfini was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy. I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano. I have gotten to know Jimmy and many of the other actors in the Sopranos cast and I can say that each of them are an individual New Jersey treasure. Mary Pat and I express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Gandolfini's wife and children, and our prayers are with them at this terrible time."
Brad Pitt: "I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace."
John Travolta: "James went out of his way to come to Florida and he would not leave Florida until I was okay, or he felt that I would be fine [after his son Jett died in 2009]," he told "Good Morning America." "After a week I said, 'Jim you can really, you know, we'll be fine. I've got a lot of support here. But the idea that in our profession someone would go out of their way and not want to leave you until he felt you were okay, that's the kind of soul that James Gandolfini was. He was a people person first and then everything else."
I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.-- Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.-- Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 20, 2013
So saddened by news of James Gandolfini's death. What talent. He shall be missed.-- Will Arnett (@arnettwill) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating.-- Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) June 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini.-- Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) June 20, 2013
I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I'm in shock-- christina applegate (@1capplegate) June 19, 2013
James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family.-- Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 2013
awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great.-- mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 20, 2013
Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. James Gandolfini has passed away. Thoughts to his family. Such a talent. I'm saddened.-- Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 20, 2013
The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it.-- Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 20, 2013
Rip James Gandolfini. One of the greatest actors of our generation.-- Jerry Ferrara (@jerrycferrara) June 19, 2013
Oh James Gandolfini, you left us much too soon.-- Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) June 20, 2013
NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(-- Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 20, 2013
I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him. pic.twitter.com/Y1wdbeUDfK-- rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 19, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!-- KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.-- Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 19, 2013
Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.-- Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 19, 2013
so incredibly sad.... RIP James Gandolfini ... your work inspired and entertained... so incredibly sad.-- Julie Benz (@juliebenz) June 19, 2013
Life is way too short & precious. So sad to hear of James Gandolfini passing 2day. Prayers for him & his loved ones. So sad at young 51-- Brooke Burke-Charvet (@brookeburke) June 19, 2013
Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace... http://t.co/TpfJNywu8X-- Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 19, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini. A startling and tragic loss. http://t.co/mVncX2mpzG-- Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) June 20, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini. Terrible news.-- Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) June 19, 2013
Sweet journey home, James Gandolfini... The brightest stars burn the fastest....-- Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) June 20, 2013
The level of sadness and shock I have today for James Gandolfini's death is indescribable. One of the true greats is gone far too early.-- Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I'm so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.-- olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2013
james gandolfini-- so sad what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it's all so short-- GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) June 20, 2013
Just saw the news and what a loss! #RIP James Gandolfini-- Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini on "Inside The Actors Studio": one of the most inspiring interviews about acting I have ever seen. http://t.co/mNeUqzw8E6-- B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) June 20, 2013
So so so sad about James Gandolfini - 51 is way too young.-- Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 19, 2013
I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.-- Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 20, 2013
Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini-- RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 19, 2013
Amazing outpouring of tributes to James Gandolfini - reflective of the huge impact he had as Tony Soprano, one of TV's greatest characters.-- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 20, 2013