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Viewing Held For ‘Sopranos’ Star Gandolfini In NJ

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James Gandolfini (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

James Gandolfini (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A private viewing for James Gandolfini is underway in a small northern New Jersey town near where he grew up.

Mourners began arriving late Wednesday afternoon at an invitation-only wake for family and friends at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home in Park Ridge.

The 51-year-old star of “The Sopranos” grew up in nearby Westwood. He died last week in Italy.

Broadway theaters say they’ll dim their marquee lights in memory of Gandolfini, who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009 for his role in the award-winning “God of Carnage.”

Gandolfini’s funeral will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

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