Paramedic in court for stealing late ‘Sopranos’ actor James Gandolfini’s watch

Claudio Bevilacqua will stand trial in November 2016

A paramedic who treated James Gandolfini following his heart attack three years ago is facing trial after stealing the late actor’s watch.

Claudio Bevilacqua is accused of snatching The Sopranos star’s $3,000 (£2,075) Rolex Submariner, although it is unclear whether the timepiece was taken from Gandolfini’s body or from his hotel room, where the 51-year-old collapsed.

He was admitted to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

During a brief court hearing in Rome yesterday (May 16), a judge postponed the start of Bevilacqua’s trial until November 16. The suspect was not present for the court date.

Gandolfini’s relatives reported the watch missing to insurance officials a few months after his death in June 2013, reports TMZ.

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The actor played Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano in 86 episodes of The Sopranos between 1999 and 2007, winning a Golden Globe and three Emmys for his performance.

Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey in 1961 and began his acting career in the late ’80s. Over the years, he racked up appearances in more than 40 movies, including Get ShortyCrimson Tide, Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt WonderstoneThe Drop  was his last film in 2014 in which he played Brooklyn bar owner Marv. Based on short story ‘Animal Rescue’ the film was scripted by Shutter Island writer Dennis Lehane.

Tom Hardy (pictured above) played Marv’s cousin Bob who gets drawn into the action when the bar is robbed and a thug (Matthias Schoenaerts) threatens to steal his dog. Also starring Noomi Rapace (PrometheusThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) the film was directed by Michael R Roskam (Bullhead).