The Sopranos creator David Chase says he was barely talking to the late James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano, by the show’s final season 6.
The Sopranos creator David Chase says that he was barely talking to the late James Gandolfini by the time they reached season 6; the final season of the show. Chase created The Sopranos in 1995 and it aired for six seasons from 1999 to 2007, winning a number of Emmy’s throughout its run. The series was the first cable network show to win a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. It became a cultural phenomenon, instantly recognized by Gandolfini’s cigar-chomping protagonist and opening theme song, “Woke Up This Morning” by Alabama 3.
Gandolfini passed away in 2013, leaving behind a long legacy of film work, but he was best known for his role as Tony Soprano. Chase worked again with Gandolfini for his film Not Fade Away in 2012, but the two did not have any other projects on the docket prior to his death. Chase has returned to the world of The Sopranos this month with the prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, which stars Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, as Tony.