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Actor Gandolfini Remembered As "Huge Presence" At Manhattan Funeral

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A large crowd of celebrities and New Yorkers turned out Thursday to pay their final respects to actor James Gandolfini.

A funeral service was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights.

The service was open to the public.

A private viewing was held Wednesday in Park Ridge, New Jersey near where the Soprano's star grew up.

Among those in attendance at the funeral was actor Tony Sirico, who played the character Paulie Walnuts alongside Gandolfini in "The Sopranos".

"He was a great actor and he was a great guy, ya know? We lost a treasure. He's got a new baby she'll grow up and have to be told who he was by her mom. It's sad," Sirico said.

Gandolfini, who played mobster Tony Soprano, won three Emmys during the show's run from 1999 to 2007.

"He was such a terrific guy and such a terrific actor, and ya know such a...he was a huge presence, huge. They didn't mention that, ya know. He was a kind, and he was loving and generous but he was...he just took, he was a really big presence, ya know. He really filled the role," said Actor David Rasche.

Others paying tribute to the once TriBeCa resident included the governor of Gandolfini's home state of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and Jets owner Woody Johnson who said he was a fan.

"Devoted, like all of us. I was really devoted to him he really touched everyone you can see," Johnson said.

Gandolfini was eulogized by his wife and a close friend, "Sopranos" creator David Chase, as well as his personal assistant who said Gandolfini made the most of every day, cramming what seems like 100 years of memories into his too short life.

Gandolfini died last week from a heart attack during a trip to Italy.

He was 51 years old.

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