‘Sopranos’ star Michael Imperioli pays emotional tribute to James Gandolfini on what would have been the late actor’s 60th birthday

Michael Imperioli posted a touching remembrance to his friend and Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini in honor of the late actor's birthday. (Photo: Patrick Hannaway/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

James Gandolfini’s friend and co-star Michael Imperioli posted a touching tribute to the late actor on what would have been his 60th birthday. Born on Sept. 18, 1961, the three-time Emmy winner was just 51 when died of a heart attack while in Rome in 2013.

On Saturday, Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, the troubled nephew of Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano onĀ The Sopranos, took to social media to share a sweet message in honor of the actor.

“Dear Jim, today marks 60 years since you came into this world,” wrote Imperioli in an InstagramĀ post, which featured a photo of the two actors. “As fate would have it, I am in Rome, the city where you left this world. I will think of you today as I wander these ancient streets. I will remember the laughs most of all. Today I am reminded how fortunate I am to have acted beside you more than I ever did (or ever will, most likely) with anyone else. What a privilege. Thank you for the friendship, generosity and kindness. Love always, Michael.”