James won the 2008 SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series", along with his The Sopranos co-stars.
On January 27, 2008, James won the Screen Actors Guild award in the "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" category for his performance on The Sopranos.
James insists all mafia characters have to be fat. James, famous for his role as a mob boss in The Sopranos, insists he is too old to exercise but it doesn't matter because he needs to be overweight to play Tony Soprano.
James and a friend own a bar together in Oneonta, New York. James helped launch the bar, called 'The Vine', by pouring drinks and posing for photos.
James was named one of ET's 'Top 20 Entertainers of 2001'.
In November 2001, James rescued a woman when she was knocked down and had her bag snatched, whilst walking down a dimly lit street.
Although James often plays thuggish or brute characters, he is actually somewhat of a pacifist off-stage; he had reservations about continuing his production contract as Tony in The Sopranos (1999) due to the show's violent content and stereotype of Italian-Americans.
James graduated from Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey in 1979. He then attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
James' sister, Johanna, is a prominent official with the New Jersey Family Court system.
As at March 2007, James was residing in Greenwich Village in New York City.
TCA Awards for James' work on The Sopranos
1999 - Individual Achievement in a Drama Series. (won)
2000 - Individual Achievement in a Drama Series. (won)
2001 - Individual Achievement in a Drama Series. (won)
2003 - Individual Achievement in a Drama Series. (nom)
2004 - Individual Achievement in a Drama Series. (nom)
In 2000, James was nominated for the Q Award for "Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series" for The Sopranos.
Golden Satellite Awards for James' work on The Sopranos
2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama. (nom)
2001 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama. (nom)
2002 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama. (nom)
In 2002, James won the Screen Idol Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role" for The Mexican at the L.A. Outfest.
Golden Globe Awards for James' work on The Sopranos
2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (won)
2001 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (nom)
2002 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (nom)
2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (nom)
Emmy Awards for James' work on The Sopranos
1999 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. (nom)
2000 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. (won)
2001 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. (won)
2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. (won)
2004 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. (nom)
In 2000, James won the Golden FIPA TV Award for "Series and Serials: Best Actor" for The Sopranos.
In 2002, James won the AFI TV Award for "AFI Actor of the Year - Male - Series" for The Sopranos.
For James' role as "Eddie Poole" in 8mm, he met a variety of real porn directors and producers to get a feel for there line of work and to get a taste of their personalities. James is said to have loosely based his character on several of them.
James has only been married once. It was to Marcy Wudarski from March 1999 to 2002. He became engaged to Lora Somoza in January 2004. They broke up, amicably, in February 2005.
James is good friends with former New York Mayor, Rudy Guiliani.
James is trained in Krav Maga, an Israeli style of Martial Arts, which he practiced for several years.
James used to be a bartender in Manhattan during his years as a struggling actor. He also once worked as a bouncer.
James primarily goes by "Jim."
James is an accomplished trumpeter and saxophone player.
James is approximately 6' 0½" (1.84 m) tall.
James: I just don't think I'm that interesting. I don't think what I have to say is that interesting. To hear me go, 'Blah, blah, blah, blah'. I mean, who… cares?
James: I should exercise, but I'm too old for that s**t. I lost 30lbs to play my character in The Mexican, but people don't take to skinny mafia men, and I don't feel right when I'm thin. I was voted best-looking kid in high school but, as you can see, things changed. I used to say I was a 260lb Woody Allen. You can make that 295lb now.
James: I'm a neurotic mess. I'm really basically just like a 260-pound Woody Allen.
James: (on The Sopranos) I was in bed, and I got the script and I was reading it, and I said, 'Man, this is really good, there's no way I'll get hired for this!
James: Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make, ... The nice thing about my father is that he spent a lot of time with his children. We had a good time with my father.
James: I'm an actor... I do a job and I go home. Why are you interested in me? You don't ask a truck driver about his job.
James: I've been very lucky, considering what I look like and what I do.
James: (on his character in The Sopranos) I have a little bit of a temper, but it's ... a useless temper, ... It doesn't accomplish anything, generally. It's just a lot of ranting and raving and nothing, so David [Chase] probably saw that and put it into the character.
James: You know, all writers are vampires and ... they'll look around and they watch you when you're not even thinking they're watching you and they'll slip stuff in.
James: It is a dark, dark world. If you're going to be in a dark world, I can't think of any better one to be in. I still think I'm very lucky to be in it.