Kirstie Alley supports friend and former co-star John Travolta at the premiere after party for 'Wild Hogs' in 2007. (Photo: By Reed Saxon, AP)
Just as Gandolfini was there for Travolta during times of tragedy, Travolta has vowed to do the same for the late actor's family.
In the wake of James Gandolfini's sudden death, John Travolta is speaking out about the special friendship the two actors shared.
"My father sold tires to his father," Travolta said during an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday. "I was his inspiration to get into the business," he added. "He would see pictures of me on the wall from movies and he decided that he wanted to be an actor."
The two actors went on to star together in Get Shorty and the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
The late actor is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, their daughter, Liliana, 8 months, and a son, Michael, 13, from a previous marriage - and Travolta has vowed to look after Gandolfini's family. "My goal is to make sure that his family is OK," Travolta said. "His little boy, I watched him grow up, and his brand new little girl. We'll just make sure they're taken care of. That's the whole idea."
Travolta feels it's the right thing to do, especially since Gandolfini flew to be by his friend's side after Travolta's 16-year-old son, Jett, died unexpectedly of a seizure in 2009.
"James went out of his way to come to Florida and he would not leave Florida until I was OK, or he felt that I would be fine," Travolta recalled. "After a week I said, 'Jim you can really, you can, you know, we'll be fine. I've got a lot of support here.' But the idea that in our profession someone would go out of their way and not want to leave you until he felt you were OK, that's the kind of soul that James Gandolfini was."