I had the pleasure of meeting actor James Gandolfini on a number of occasions, and he will be sorely missed. For me, I will always remember being with him one day on the set of “The Sopranos.”
In 2005, my Public Relations Firm, 5WPR was representing Rasheeda Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter and Muhammad came to town with very little notice, and we were tasked with finding something for him to do. This was no easy assignment, I assure you.
Rasheda was visiting New York City promoting a children’s book. After some brainstorming, and arm-wrestling we arranged for Muhammad Ali a walk-on to the set of The Sopranos. They did a few scenes (which never aired), and James Gandolfini spent time with us. He was in awe of Ali, and clearly the boss of the set much like his character. But aside his presence and position in his craft, Gandolfini was a humble, decent man.
We kept in touch after that day, and I was able to spend time with him on a number of occasions after that and liked and admired him. HE was a funny, sincere good man who will be sorely missed. A Shocking loss.
Rest in peace James Gandolfini.
About Ronn Torossian
Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations. He is an experienced leader in the public relations industry with over 20 years of experience. Ronn Torossian has been named as Public Relations executive of the year by the American Business Awards, and has run countless award-winning Public Relations programs.
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