Saddened by the loss of actor James Gandolfini…

James Gandolfini

I was deeply saddened by the loss of actor James Gandolfini on June 19, 2013. Like The Simpsons (and Futurama), The Sopranos is one of my very favorite shows. I’ve seen every episode multiple times. Both uncut on HBO & DVDs plus the censored re-runs on other channels. Gandolfini masterfully brought Tony Soprano to life. Thanks (in part) to his vast skill as an actor, The Sopranos became one of those rare productions that are “so real”, you lose track of the fact you’re watching a fictional television show. My heartfelt condolences go out to his Family, Friends and Fans. He will be sorely missed.

I was making some screen shots of texture rendering glitches in The Simpson Tapped Out game the day after Gandolfini passed away when a row bushes morphed into a row of Fat Tony ‘busts’. It made me very sad and my thoughts began to drift. I began to wonder about the origin of Tony Sopranos’ name. The Simpsons character Fat Tony (Marion Anthony “Fat Tony” D’Amico), voiced by Joe Mantegna, first appeared in The Simpson episode “Bart the Murderer” back in 1991. The Sopranos premiered almost a decade later in 1999. I’ve always wondered if their names both being Tony had any connection.

The Simspsons Tapped Out - Fat Tony

Futurama also has its mobsters in the form of the Robot Mafia
Futurama Robot Mafia

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