Funeral for James Gandolfini

The funeral of Sopranos actor James Gandolfini will take place in New York today. The 51-year-old star died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Rome.

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Sopranos star Gandolfini 'worked so hard'

Actress Lorraine Bracco arrives for the funeral of James Gandolfini

Friends and colleagues of Sopranos star James Gandolfini have spoken of his warmth and hard work at his funeral in New York.

The star, who died last week at the age of 51, "was just so friendly and sweet and humble," said actress Laila Robins, who played his mother as a young woman in the show.

Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior in the Sopranos, arrives. Credit: Reuters

"He had an acting coach on set back then because he just wanted to do a good job.

"That was so sweet, and I remember that about him the most - just how badly he wanted to do a good job. He worked so hard."

Lorraine Bracco, who played Tony Soprano's psychiatrist, was among those attending the service.

Sopranos actress Aida Turturro embraces a fellow mourner at the funeral Credit: Reuters

Stars gather for the funeral of James Gandolfini

Actor Steve Buscemi arrives for the funeral of Sopranos star James Gandolfini Credit: Reuters

Friends, family and fans have gathered for the funeral of Sopranos star James Gandolfini.

The star, who played Tony Soprano in the hit TV show, died of a heart attack in Italy last week while on holiday.

Actor Steve Buscemi, who played Tony's cousin and Aida Turturro, who played his sister, attended.

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Broadway tributes for Sopranos star James Gandolfini

Broadway theatres paid tribute to James Gandolfini last night, dimming their marquees in memory of the actor.

Best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos, the star also had a successful stage career.

Emmy Award winning actor James Gandolfini Credit: Chase Rollins/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Speaking about the Emmy Award winning actor, Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said: "James Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience."

She added, "whether on screen or on the Broadway stage, he made every role believable and seemingly effortless."

Funeral for actor James Gandolfini to take place today

The funeral of Sopranos actor James Gandolfini will take place in New York today, the 51-year-old star died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Rome.

Speaking on behalf of Gandolfini's family, an HBO spokeswoman said the funeral would take place at 3pm UK time at the Church of Saint John the Divine.

James Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos Credit: Mark Large/PA Wire

The body of the star was flown into Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday night.

The actor had been headed to Sicily, to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.

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