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James Gandolfini Net Worth: How Much Did He Make on ‘The Sopranos’?

James Gandolfini Net Worth: How Much Did He Make on ‘The Sopranos’?

James Gandolfini left behind quite a mark as an actor thanks to The Sopranos and his net wealth grew over the years. Gandolfini, forever remembered as Tony Soprano, had a net worth of $70 million upon his death in 2013. Breaking that down a little more, let’s see how much Gandolfini earned on The Sopranos.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, over the first two seasons, he earned $5 million. Then Gandolfini received a raise of up to $400,000 per episode, making it $5 million for the third season. In Season 4, he got a raise to $800,000 per episode or $10 million salary. Now, for Season 6, Gandolfini received $1 million per episode. With 21 episodes that season, it meant his salary that season was north of $21 million.

James Gandolfini Also Worked As A Producer

Away from his on-screen role, James Gandolfini also worked as a producer. Among his projects was an HBO documentary titled Alive Day Memoirs: Home from Iraq. Gandolfini interviewed 10 veterans who were injured and just returned home. He did this in a way to let soldiers share their thoughts and feelings about war.

Other work as a producer includes Wartorn: 1861-2010 and a bio-picture, Hemingway & Gellhorn for HBO.

Did you know that Gandolfini also worked on Broadway? It’s true. In 1992, he appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire as Steve Hubbell. Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange also were in the cast at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. Other stage work included a turn as Charley Malloy in On the Waterfront, and as Michael in God of Carnage. That role earned Gandolfini a Tony Award nomination.

James Gandolfini was very busy in the movie-making industry. He appeared in such movies as Get Shorty, 8mm, The Taking of Pelham 123, and Zero Dark Thirty.

Actor First Worked In New Jersey Theaters

He really started taking his acting career back in the 1980s. Gandolfini would make appearances on New Jersey stages. Then, he leaned into movie work.

That led to playing a hitman in 1993’s True Romance. His work led to other roles in Get Shorty and The Mexican.

As we said, though, Gandolfini will always be known as Tony Soprano. He won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his work.

What did Gandolfini think about him playing Tony Soprano? He offers a little insight through this GQ interview. “I think some of his flaws are my flaws,” Gandolfini said. “And so you try to get away from them, and then you kind of get pulled in a little bit by playing them.”

One thing noticeable with the Soprano character is how many mood swings he can have all the time. What was it like for Gandolfini to work himself up into a rage? “It’s a hard head to get into sometimes,” he said in the GQ interview. “I have a lot of fun at work, too, don’t get me wrong. I love the people I work with. But there are some days when you get to work and you’re not angry enough, and you have to kind of get angrier, and that’s a little…” His voice trails off a little bit. “When I was younger, it was much more accessible.”

James Gandolfini left quite a remarkable library of incredible work, on and off the screen. Having actors like him come along almost is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.