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John Travolta Will Make Sure James Gandolfini’s Family Is ‘Taken Care Of’ In The Wake Of James’ Death

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John Travolta and James Gandolfini were more than just co-stars, they were also close friends.

The two had a long history of friendship, beginning with their families' friendship that blossomed in their shared home state of New Jersey.

In fact, John Travolta was the one who inspired James to start acting to begin with, as John explained:

"I was his inspiration to get into the business. He would see pictures of me on the wall from movies and decided he wanted to be an actor.”

We’re grateful James followed in John's footsteps and rose to become a cherished actor in the eyes and hearts of many.

James wasn’t only cherished for his acting roles, though. He was also an extremely kind soul, and was a shoulder to lean on for others in their times of need. Travolta talked about James’ support during the tragic death of his own son:

“James went out of his way to come to Florida and he would not leave Florida until I was OK or he felt that I would be fine. After a week I said, 'Jim, you can really, you can, you know, we'll be fine. I've got a lot of support here. The idea that in our profession someone would go out of their way and not want to leave you until he felt you were OK, that's the kind of soul that James Gandolfini was.”

John wants to repay that kindness in any way he can, and now that James isn’t here to be the recipient, John wants to pass that same support along to James’ family. He said:

“My goal is to make sure that his family is OK. His little boy, I watched him grow up and his brand-new little girl. We'll just make sure they're taken care of. That's the whole idea."

We’re happy to hear that James’ family will have the support and love of the people James touched throughout the duration of his life.

Our thoughts and hearts are with them as well.

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10 comments to “John Travolta Will Make Sure James Gandolfini’s Family Is ‘Taken Care Of’ In The Wake Of James’ Death”

  1. 1

    This is exactly how it should be. Shame you don't see this very often.

  2. 2

    I watched him say that this morning on Good Morning America. How lucky he is in a place financially to help the family. Good guy.

  3. Cannon says – reply to this


    This is the first actor that I have cried about dying, he was much too young and had so much more life to live. Such a huge loss and its so sad that his two kids are still so young that they need their dad. His poor daughter is only a year old. What a loss. Im so gald that Travolta will pay back the favor.

  4. shelly says – reply to this


    That's lovely. I hope he does what he can for his friend.

  5. 5

    this man was not destitute, why all this pandering to the cameras about taking care of his family?

  6. 6

    Good call, Ripp52: "This man was not destitute. why all this pandering to the cameras about taking care of his family?"

    It's a nice gesture, granted, but it's sort of like volunteering to arrange a date for the hottest girl in school. She doesn't actually require your help.

  7. Beest says – reply to this


    He didn't say"I'll give financial assistance to James' family" he said something more along the lines of wanting to help and make sure they are ok. Way to attack a man in his grieving period guys.

  8. teeter totter says – reply to this


    What a kind thing for John to do, makes me like him more.

  9. Mr Pete says – reply to this


    Wonderful gesture,
    but not surprising, Italians are very family oriented
    If you considered family, they are there for you, support you, help you listen to you wish we had more of that in this world

  10. Karen Lentz says – reply to this


    Ever since I was a little girl watching you on Welcome Back Kotter, Saturday Night Fever and Especially Grease I absolutely adored you. when you married Kelly, I totally adored the 2 of you as a couple. In my eyes you 2 are the perfect hollywood couple and now, the two of you certainly have two of the biggest hearts that ever came into hollywood. You can still show us that you are normal people and haven't forgotten who you were before all the fame and fortune. Lots of other actors can learn from the two of you. have an awesome life you and your family deserve it!!!!!!!