Why Are Israelis So Obsessed With Tony Soprano?

James Gandolfini even starred on an Israeli TV ad, in which he eerily declared, 'Life is short.'

Tony Soprano – the iconic, neurotic mafia boss played by James Gandolfini, whose sudden death at the age of 51 has devastated die-hard fans of HBO’s most popular series – was, of course, as non-Jewish as they come. But living in suburban northern New Jersey as he did, Jews were an inextricable part of his landscape.