Funeral Held For the Late James Gandolfini
The hearse carrying the body of James Gandolfini arrived at a New York City church, where the funeral for the actor who played Tony Soprano was held this morning.
Pallbearers escorted the casket inside.
The cast of The Sopranos was out in full force to pay their respects to their fallen star. Lorraine Bracco, who played Dr. Melfi, tearfully embraced Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti. The actor looked heartbroken. Steve Schrripa, who played Bobby Baccalieri, also broke down.
Edie Falco, who played Tony's wife Carmela and Aida Turturro, who played Tony's sister, cried openly. Pregnant Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played his daughter, looked distraught in dark sunglasses. Robert Iler played Gandolfini's son and was also in attendance.
Other cast members included Vincent Pastore, Dominic Chianese, and, of course, Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts.
Alec Baldwin, Gandolfini's costar in A Street Car Named Desire on broadway, was on hand with his very pregnant wife Hilaria.
The Jersey boy was also mourned by New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, who hugged The Sopranos actor Vincent Curatola.
The program read: James John Gandolfini, September 18, 1961 to June 19, 2013.
It lists four speakers, including Gandolfini's widow, Deborah, and The Sopranos creator, David Chase.
The streets were lined with the actor's fans, trying to get a glimpse of the famous mourners.
No news crews were allowed inside the church, but HBO crews were reportedly taping the funeral as a gift to the Gandolfini family. The footage is not expected to be released.
A reunion that these former costars never wanted to have. James Gandolfini will surely be missed.