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Owen Brennan remembers former Bacchus Gandolfini

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New Orleans, La. - He played a tough mob boss on HBO's hit series "The Sopranos," but people who met James Gandolfini remember a kind, gentle man.

Gandolfini earned three Emmys, three Screen Actors Guild awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tony Soprano. He also starred in several Broadway plays and movies, including last year's Oscar nominee for Best Picture, "Zero Dark Thirty."

The actor reigned as Bacchus in 2007. Owen Brennan, executive director of Bacchus, describes the actor as a memorable celebrity monarch.

"As King of Bacchus, one of the things that they do is visit Children's Hospital," says Brennan. "When you get to see someone of that rough and tough persona melt down in front of children at Children's Hospital, you really get a chance to see what's in his heart... He was just a special man and a gentle man and a pleasure to be around."

Gandolfini was in a few movies that filmed around New Orleans including "All the King's Men" and "Killing Them Softly."

Brennan says the krewe invited the actor back to ride again but he could never make it.

Bacchus honors all of its former kings who pass away and Brennan says the krewe will plan something special in memory of Gandolfini.

Gandolfini was 51.

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