He may have become famous for his role as a mobster on HBO's The Sopranos, but in real life, James Gandolfini was described by many as a gentle giant.  MNN's Michael d'Estries wrote last week about Gandolfini's work with injured military veterans.  And he was also a big supporter of his his hometown community's foundation for breast cancer research.

But nothing depicts Gandolfini's "gentle giant" status better than this video of the actor on Sesame Street, talking with Zoe about fear. In the clip, Gandolfini tells Zoe about the three things that he is afraid of...the dark, getting a haircut, and giant talking vegetables!  Of course, the last one is thrown in there for levity, but I know he touched on something with a lot of kids with his first two big fears.  

It takes a big man with a big heart to show kids that it's ok to be afraid sometimes.  Take a look...

Last week, the word lost this gentle giant to soon.  James Gandolfini died at the age of 51 while on vacation in Rome with his family.  But he has been remembered worldwide, not just for his role on The Sopranos, but also for his endearing acts of kindness.  

James Gandolfini's Sesame Street video on feeling scared
Gentle-giant Gandolfini talked with Sesame Street characters about his three biggest fears.