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James Gandolfini's lumbering, brutish mob boss with the tortured psyche will endure as one of TV's indelible characters. But his portrayal of Tony Soprano in HBO's “The Sopranos” was just one facet of his rich legacy of film and stage work. Gandolfini, 51, who died Wednesday of cardiac arrest while vacationing in Rome, refused to be bound by his star-making role in the HBO series that brought him three Emmy Awards. “He was a genius,” said “Sopranos” creator David Chase. “Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that."