James Ganolfini will likely be remembered best as Tony Soprano from the HBO hit series "The Sopranos," but his range of acting was wide and impressive.

David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos" said:

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 Liliana 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.

 

This tribute to the late Gandolfini best sums up the best of his career.