Stars Say Goodbye at James Gandolfini's Funeral
June 27, 2013
Friends and family of James Gandolfini -- including his Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Michael Imperioli -- gathered in New York City Thursday to bid a final farewell to the actor who died last week after suffering a heart attack in Italy.
Sopranos creator David Chase was among those to eulogize the actor at his funeral at Manhattan's Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. A private wake was held on Wednesday for the former star in his hometown of Park Ridge, New Jersey.
Chase -- who delivered his eulogy as a letter to his friend -- recalled a scene from The Sopranos in which Tony was supposed to angrily close a refrigerator door after getting some bad news. Gandoflini slammed the refrigerator door so hard that it swung back open again, and he proceeded to keep slamming it until it wouldn't close at all.
"Did it say anywhere in the script, Tony destroys a refrigerator? You destroyed the refrigerator,"
Chase said he remembered telling the actor.
Chase also recalled Gandolfini's feelings about portraying such a dark character. "And I remember you saying, ah, this role, this role, the places it takes me to, the things I have to do, it's so dark,'" HitFix quoted Chase as saying.
Other celebrities attending the 90-minute service were Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lorraine Bracco, Chris Noth, Julianna Margulies, Dominic Chianese, Joe Pantoliano and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
On Wednesday night, Broadway theaters dimmed their marquee lights in memory of Gandolfini, who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009 for his role in God of Carnage.