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'Sopranos' star Gandolfini mourned as a great craftsman

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fellow actors mourned James Gandolfini as a great craftsman and a warm and generous man at a his funeral on Thursday, a week after the 51-year-old star of the HBO television show "The Sopranos" died of a heart attack while visiting Rome. "Sopranos" creator David Chase and the actor's wife Deborah Lin Gandolfini were among four speakers at a packed ceremony for the actor whose performance as a cigar-chomping New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano made him a household name.

'Sopranos' fans gather for Gandolfini funeral

Emotional crowds gathered at a Manhattan church Thursday for the funeral of James Gandolfini, star of the cult TV series "The Sopranos." Gandolfini, a three-time Emmy winner for his portrayal of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, died June 19 after a heart attack in a hotel in Rome, where he was on holiday. He was 51. Mourners converged on the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, an Episcopal church that is among the world's biggest, well before the scheduled 10:00 am (1400 GMT) start of the funeral.

Broadway theaters to pay tribute to late actor James Gandolfini

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquees on Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, who had a successful stage career in addition to his Emmy-winning role on HBO's "The Sopranos." "James Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. "Whether on screen or on the Broadway stage, he made every role believable and seemingly effortless.

Gandolfini body back in US, funeral Thursday

The body of actor James Gandolfini has been returned to the United States and funeral services for the celebrated star of "The Sopranos" will be held on Thursday, his family and TV network HBO said. Gandolfini, 51, died of a heart attack during a trip to Italy last week, his sudden demise triggering a wave of tributes from across the entertainment world. "Jim is back home. Finally. We landed last night at Newark," family spokesman Michael Kobold wrote in a post on Facebook on Monday.

James Gandolfini funeral set for Thursday in New York

By Sharon Waxman LOS ANGELES ( - James Gandolfini will be buried on Thursday at the famed Saint John the Divine cathedral in Manhattan, HBO announced on Sunday. "We can confirm, on behalf of the Gandolfini Family, that the funeral service for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday, June 27th. The service will be held at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan," the statement said.

Body of Sopranos star Gandolfini leaves Italy for U.S

ROME (Reuters) - The body of actor James Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack in Rome last week, was flown out of Italy on Sunday on a flight bound for New York, Rome airport authorities said. Gandolfini, best known for his leading role in the Emmy-winning series "The Sopranos", was found dead in his Rome hotel late on Wednesday. The actor's body left Rome's Fiumicino airport at around 1600 GMT (1200 ET) on a private flight, an airport official said.

Sopranos star had 'wonderful' last day with son: friend

By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - James Gandolfini, star of the U.S. Emmy-winning series The Sopranos, had a "wonderful" last day on holiday with his son before dying of a heart attack in Italy, a family friend said on Friday. Michael Kobold told journalists an autopsy on Friday morning showed Gandolfini had died of natural causes, confirming an earlier report from medical officials. The autopsy had shown "nothing out of the ordinary ... there was no foul play, there was no substance abuse," Kobold said.

US state to lower flags for actor Gandolfini

Flags will fly at half staff Monday on official buildings in New Jersey as a mark of respect for "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, a native of the northeastern US state, officials said. In an executive order issued Friday, Governor Chris Christie said the symbolic move served "to recognize the achievements and contributions of James Gandolfini," who died in Rome on Wednesday. Gandolfini "was an iconic actor and will be remembered for the timeless impact he left upon television and film in the State of New Jersey and across our nation," Christie wrote.

Gandolfini gone, 'Sopranos' may get only brief bump

By Ronald Grover and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - A spike in sales of "The Sopranos" DVDs, downloads and merchandise based on the mafia series following star James Gandolfini's death may only be short-lived and likely won't provide much of a windfall for HBO and its parent Time Warner Inc.

Acting can be a bruising business, as Gandolfini knew too well

By Eric Kelsey and Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - James Gandolfini, the beefy American actor who died on Wednesday in Italy at age 51, cut an unforgettable figure on screen and stage, earning a reputation as an earnest performer who would go to extremes to prepare for a part. But Gandolfini's sudden death and famous work ethic also have made evident the physical and mental stresses and time demands many actors endure for their roles.
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