James Gandolfini played Lieutenant General Miller in In The Loop, the 2009 black comedy film which followed the British political sitcom The Thick Of It.
Some of his most memorable moments feature language inappropriate for this website, but a cleaner contribution can be seen 39 seconds into the official trailer:
Simon Blackwell, one of the film's writers, wrote on Twitter: "Shocked and sad to hear of the passing of James Gandolfini. Great actor. Fond memories of working on In The Loop. Thoughts with his family."
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