I first remember seeing James Gandolfini getting the shit kicked out of him by Alabama Worley in True Romance. The 'donk' sound of the toilet cistern hitting him on the head still gives me goose pimples.
After that I remember Chili Palmer picking him up by the 'nads and throwing him down a flight of stairs in Get Shorty, but it was okay he was playing a stuntman called The Bear !!!
Then came the part of Tony Soprano and unless you live under a rock (albeit with an internet connection that allows you to read this) then I don't need to say any more.
James Gandolfini RIP