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Local business owner remembers James Gandolfini

Posted: Updated: June 20, 2013 06:25 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The death of James Gandolfini saddened a Nashville man who knew him well.

Tom Morales, owner of the caterer "Tomkats", had gotten to know Gandolfini while serving to the cast and crew of "The Sopranos".

They first met when Tomkats was catering "Sex in the City" and Gandolfini walked over from the set of another movie.

"We had the grill out there and we were grilling steaks and he said, 'I've got to get ya'll on the Sopranos'," Morales said.

Gandolfini later told movie producers to hire Tomkats to do the catering.

Morales saw him again on the set of "The Last Castle", a Robert Redford movie shot in Nashville.

"I can always remember the first day on the set and he came up and said 'Tom, you remember what I like don't you?', because he loved medium rare filet; that was his go-to meal."

Morales said James was absolutely nothing like his role of Tony Soprano.

"James was a real actor, he set, he got into the part and the role, but when he was off he was always a gentleman," he said.

Morales continued, "Real nice guy, I mean a sweetheart of a man. He was always appreciative of the hard work and he recognized what we did. "

Tomkats has catered more than 1,000 movies and television shows.

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