What’s the boss thinking? Well, it’s about time to start addressing those questions to his son: Michael Gandolfini, son of actor James Gandolfini of The Sopranos fame as Tony Soprano himself. Soon, Michael will be taking up that mantle, so in the meantime, it’s time to catch up on his own career.
Micahel Gandolfini was born on May 10, 1999, and is 22 years old as of this spring. His parents are James Gandolfini and Marcy Wudarski. While Michael enjoyed the prospect of a career in acting, his father wanted him to pursue athletics or directing because – in true Tony Soprano fashion – he insisted “they have the power.”
Michael Gandolfini went the acting route
Indeed, following the sudden death of his father in 2013, Michael Gandolfini ended up pursuing acting. His very first acting credit comes from the 2015 post-apocalyptic short called Flower. That is followed by Ocean’s Eight as a busboy back in 2018.
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The gigs became more frequent when he landed the recurring role of Joey Dwyer in HBO’s drama series The Deuces. The series follows all manner of gritty topics such as corruption, drug abuse, violence, and real estate chaos set against the backdrop of a markedly sex-positive period in American entertainment during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
His next role isn’t a series but comes with established prominence as that of Tony Soprano, the role originated by his late father, in The Many Saints of Newark. The film is due on September 24, 2021, pushed back after the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers a glimpse at a younger Tony Soprano while exploring conflicts between various city communities in the ‘60s.
Personal life still rolls on
Michael Gandolfini became acquainted with his father’s famous role during a hasty marathon of The Sopranos since he hadn’t watched it when he’d been cast. He described the experience as “intense.” He also went through a personal journey to lose some weight in recent years, writes Celebs In-Depth.
But the other major battle he’d face came with alcoholism, something he struggled with into 2020. Michael used the experience to offer some advice to a fan in a similar battle.
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Back to his acting, Michael also had to get acquainted with an all-new character, noting, “I never knew Tony Soprano. I only knew my dad.” To step into the role’s shoes, Michael went through a “hard” ritual, “I recorded four hours of his monologues with [Dr.] Melfi and walked around New York with them constantly, constantly, constantly playing in my ear.”
Between preparing for The Many Saints of Newark, and the AppleTV film Cherry, Michael has still had time for romance. He’s been in a relationship with girlfriend Ally Gorder for over a year, based on each of their Instagram profiles. In August 2020, they exchanged heartfelt posts professing their love and celebrating another year. They share a three-year age difference, with Ally turning 25 this year. She too suffered a familial loss when, back in 2015, her older brother died, about which she wrote for her advanced writing course at NYU.
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