NJ town honors late actor James Gandolfini

NJ town honors late actor James Gandolfini

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- James Gandolfini “was a genius.” That’s what “Sopranos” creator David Chase says. Gandolfini died yesterday while in Rome on vacation. He was 51. No cause of death was given by HBO or Gandolfini’s managers. Gandolfini won three Emmys for his role as Tony Soprano on the ground-breaking HBO series. Sopranos co-star Lorraine Bracco says she’s “utterly heartbroken.” Another Sopranos co-star, musician Steven Van, says the “world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.”

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:55 AM

PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- Cast members of “The Sopranos” were on hand as a New Jersey town remembered native son James Gandolfini.

Park Ridge dedicated a section of Park Avenue to the actor best known for his role as mobster Tony Soprano in the TV series. Gandolfini died in Italy in June.

Cast members Steve Schirripa, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia were among the hundreds of people who turned out Sunday in the northern New Jersey town where Gandolfini grew up and returned often.

The Record newspaper reports that Gandolfini’s 14-year-old son, Michael, said he would never forget eating with his father at a nearby diner. He said his father told him about every place in the town.

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