I didn't know he had young children, Bonnie. We have all seasons of The Sopranos on DVD; he was a great guy and a superb actor, IMO. What a loss, my sympathy to his family in their time of grief.
A sign of his character...I can't recall all the details but there was some open-air event that Glen Beck went to with his young son. He and James Gandolfini apparently saw each other and Gandolfini made some disparaging comment to Beck in front of his child (like calling him the anti-Christ or something like that). Glen didn't respond; after a while, James came up to him and apologized, said he was wrong. It takes a big man to apologize.
Rejoice ever more. 1 Thessalonians 5:16