When The Sopranos premiered on HBO in 1999, no one knew how thoroughly it would change television for a generation. Mob boss Tony Soprano, portrayed so ably by actor James Gandolfini, was a complex anti-hero who was capable of both shocking violence and everyman confusion and ambivalence about his role as a father, husband, son, mobster, and human being. Gandolfini himself may have been the perfect actor for the role, but becoming Tony Soprano was harder than the public knew. He battled his own demons throughout the series run, including during his divorce from his first wife, while the few years he had remaining post-Sopranos at least seem to have represented a fresh start.
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The Real Reason James Gandolfini Divorced His First Wife (nickiswift.com)
James Gandolfini of ‘The Sopranos’ Two Marriages (news.amomama.com)
Playing Tony Soprano Took A Heavy Toll On James Gandolfini (slashfilm.com)
Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Gets Married (people.com)
James Gandolfini’s Early Struggles: ‘I Throw Everything in Plastic Garbage Bags’ (businessinsider.com)