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James Gandolfini Leaves Bulk Of $70M Estate To His Two Children
It pays to be part of Tony Soprano’s real-life “family.”
James Gandolfini left millions of dollars to relatives and friends — including his personal secretary and assistant — in his will, which was quietly filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court yesterday.
But the biggest chunk of the late “Sopranos” star’s bada-ching will go to his two kids — “beloved’’ son Michael, 13, and daughter Liliana Ruth, 8 months — as well as his wife, Deborah Lin, and his two sisters.
The star of the HBO mob hit was estimated to be worth up to $70 million when he died at age 51 on June 16.
Michael — who found his father’s body in the bathroom of their Rome hotel suite — appears to get the bulk of the estate through a trust set aside for him until he turns 21.
And through the trust, he will also get first dibs to buy his dad’s Greenwich Street condo in the West Village. The home comes with a precious parking space, the document notes.
Michael also automatically gets all of his dad’s clothing and jewelry, according to the court papers.
The teen and his little half-sister will share their father’s estate in Italy, too. They’ll split it 50-50 when Liliana turns 25, according to the will.
But Dad made one special request of his children from beyond the grave: “It is my hope and desire that they will continue to own said property and keep it in our family for as long as possible,’’ he states in the 17-page document, which he signed last Dec. 19.
Gandolfini’s other properties can be sold, the will says, although it’s unclear who exactly would get the dough if that occurs.
At the time of his death, Gandolfini also owned a $1.1 million home in Califon, NJ, and a $7 million, 3,000-square-foot duplex penthouse at the Fairchild Building on Vestry Street in Tribeca. Those properties were not specifically mentioned in the will.
This will is the first and primary filing of Gandolfini’s estate — but there were expected to be more documents to come as executors spend the next nine months getting a handle on his total net worth.
According to the just-filed document, “the remainder’’ of his estate will be split between his sisters, wife and baby daughter.
Siblings Johanna Antonacci and Leta Gandolfini each get 30 percent of that amount, while Lin and their child will receive 20 percent apiece.
Gandolfini was also super-generous with extended family and pals.
Secretary Trixie Flynn Bourne will inherit $200,000, Gandolfini instructed, as will personal assistant and longtime friend Thomas Richardson.
Godson Robert Joseph Parish is to receive $100,000, and two more friends — Doug Katz and Fatima Bae — get $50,000 each.
Gandolfini only asked that Katz “use it for the benefit of his son.’’
The burly actor directed that an even higher amount — $500,000 — go to each of his nieces, Laura and Jenna Antonacci, the daughters of Johanna.
If anything happens to the mothers of Gandolfini’s children, the kids would be put in the custody of his sisters, he said.
The will’s executors are Lin, Leta Gandolfini and the actor’s lawyer, Roger Haber.
The New Jersey-born star claimed TV immortality as Tony Soprano, a Mafia boss who ordered hits on wiseguys while he tried to hold his own family together at home.
But the Emmy-winning star also managed to successfully give viewers a glimpse into Tony’s personal demons, which the Mafioso frequently bared during sessions with his female shrink.
Gandolfini was on vacation with his son when he suddenly keeled over in the bathroom of their opulent $671-per-night Boscolo Exedra Roma room overlooking Piazza Della Repubblica.
He went into cardiac arrest after downing plates of fried shrimp and eight alcoholic drinks, a hotel source told The Post.
The star had persistently battled weight and alcohol problems and appeared to have begun drinking more again in the months leading up to his death.
His funeral at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan last week drew a star-studded cast.
The tearful mourners included “Sopranos’’ co-stars Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro, Joe Pantoliano and Steve Buscemi.
They were joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and such celebrities as Dick Cavett, Mario Batali, Chris Noth and news anchor Brian Williams.
“Sopranos” creator David Chase also spoke at the touching service.
But Gandolfini’s death wasn’t without controversy.
His former cast members were said to be furious at actor Joe Gannascoli, who played gay gangster Vito Spatafore on the show, for doing a slew of media interviews after Gandolfini’s death.
Sources told The Post at the time that Gannascoli made it appear as if he and Gandolfini were best buddies just to promote himself — when they actually hadn’t talked in years.
Gannascoli later blamed a turncoat show foe for bad-mouthing him at such a heartbreaking time.
“It’s a shame that you — I know who you are, always have . . . decided to bring up this story now when [Gandolfini’s] family is grieving with the rest of the world,” he sniffed.
Seems like a generous, regular guy as opposed to a marble hoarder
So Carmela got nothing? She should have made him execute that living trust.
I didn't get a thing. Not even a boxed set.
It's very, very easy to be generous when you;re dead.
I personally find it very wrong that Gandolfini's entire net worth after six seasons on the Sopranos was less than Howard's salary for a single year at Sirius.
Except that you have to write the will when you're alive.
Money aside, and I could very well be wrong, but it seems insane to think that more people got Sirius because of Howard than had HBO because of The Sopranos.
I couldn't wait to dump HBO after The Sopranos' finale. I know so many people who begrudgingly had HBO because of that show. I know two people who went and subscribed to Sirius. And they both cancelled years ago.
Knowing that your money won't be handed out until you're dead.
It seems like Gandolfini was a great guy, but how is willing money out to friends, "generous"? What's the alternative? Commissioning a giant marble and gold statue posthumously? This isn't a slight at Gandolfini...I just don't get the praise for doing the right thing with money once the money is of no use to you.
Howard will not be willing money to friends, I'd wager.
You're probably right. But that's because he's a vile piece of shit with no soul. Hopefully, we'll know that for certain sometime soon.
Oh I kid...
i was surprised he had that much.
Remember, HBO doesn't pay well. Even when you're Tony Soprano.
I'm surprise he has such a large fortune.
He can't. He doesn't have any.
Back end? With the TV syndication and DVD sales?
There were two great interviews on Stern with HBO regulars, Steven Van Zandt, and Kim Cattrall, both of which explained the full cheapness of HBO.
HBO signs actors into "sweetheart" deals in which they are forced to work for a specific amount of money for 5 years--with an option for a 6th season, in which you can negotiate your salary, but you get NOTHING in residuals. Nothing from the box sets, t-shirts, sweet fuck-all.
So Gandolfini got $1,000,000 per episode that final season, and everybody else made in the region of $200,000 or less each.
It was reported that after he got a raise on the Sopranos, he gave many of the cast member a check for $33,333. So I think he was generous in life too.
If he did have any back-end off the DVD/videos, the Estate probably made a small fortune after they all went #1 after his death.