Contact Us

James Gandolfini Laid To Rest [VIDEO]

James Gandolfini was laid to rest at a funeral in New York.

Michael Gandolfini attends the funeral for his father James Gandolfini
Michael Gandolfini attends the funeral for his father James Gandolfini (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Friends & family lined up early outside Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine to fill the 1,500 seats inside. Fans were also invited to attend. on a first come, first served basis.

One of four speakers at the funeral, Sopranos creator David Chase gave his remarks in the form of a letter to Gandolfini, in the present tense. The actor’s widow, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, and two family friends, were also speakers at the ceremony.

Chase remembered that Gandolfini once told him that “you know what I want to be? A man. That’s all. I want to be a man.” Chase said he marveled upon hearing that, since Gandolfini represented a man so many others wanted to be.

Paradoxically, Chase said he always felt he was seeing a young boy. “A sad boy, amazed and confused,” he said. “You could see it in your eyes. That’s why you were a great actor.”

Susan Anton, who was Gandolfini’s longtime dialogue coach and collaborator, spoke of how the actor struggled with his work.

“He worked hard,” Anton said. “He was disciplined. He studied his roles and did his homework.” But when the cameras rolled, his work was an act of faith that carried him to an uncharted place, she said.

Sopranos Cast Pays Their Respects

Steve Schirripa arrives at James Gandolfini's funeral
Steve Schirripa arrives at James Gandolfini’s funeral (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)

Sopranos cast members attending include Federico Castelluccio (Furio Giunta), as well as Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Cifaretto). Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano). Also there: Steve Schirripa  (Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri), Lorraine Bracco  (Dr. Jennifer Melfi), Steve Buscemi  (Tony Blundetto) , Michael Imperioli  (Christopher Moltisanti) , Tony Sirico  (Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano) and John Ventimiglia  (Artie Bucco)

Little Steven is on tour with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in Spain and will not be able to attend.

HBO  filmed the Sopranos cast for a “farewell” video for a a private gift to the family from the network according to the New York Post. “They originally wanted the cast members to file in through the front door, but it would have created [chaos],” a source tells the Post, “so now they’re going to escort them to private property and they’re going to walk in through the side.”

A Flag For The Family

 Governor Chris Christie attends James Gandolfini's funeral
Governor Chris Christie attends James Gandolfini’s funeral ( D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Also among those attending will be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who said on Townsquare Media’s Ask The Governor he will be presenting a flag to the Gandolfini family.

“I’ll be proud to present that flag tomorrow to his family to let them know that the people of the state, where he was raised, where he went to college, and which he helped to make even more famous through his professional work, honor his memory and feels for their tragic loss of him at 51-years old.”

 

 

 

A Wake In Park Ridge

Robert Spearing Funeral Home
Robert Spearing Funeral Home (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Yesterday Gandolfini was remembered on Broadway as the marquees went dark in his honor.

Mourners at Wednesday’s invitation-only wake for family and friends left flowers at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home in his hometown of Park Ridge. Among those paying their respects were Gandolfini’s sisters Leta Gandolfini and Johanna Antonacci along with his 8-month-old daughter, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini, who arrived flanked by guards and a blanket according to E!.

Fans also came to the wake and were turned away but left flowers.


The Associated Press contributed to this report

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!