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Essex County Remembers Actor James Gandolfini

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
Bloomfield. June 20, 2013

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Actor James Gandolfini, best known for portraying mob boss Tony Soprano, died Wednesday at the age of 51. One New Jersey restaurant has become a place for fans of The Sopranos to remember the late actor.

The final scene of The Sopranos shows Tony and his family sitting at a booth and sharing a plate of onion rings before the screen cuts to black. Chris Carley is a co-owner of Holsten’s Ice Cream Parlor in Bloomfield, New Jersey where the iconic scene was filmed. He says fans of the show have been flocking to the restaurant to pay tribute to Gandolfini since news of his death broke on Wednesday evening.

“It’s sad to me, personally, it’s sad he’s passed away at such an early age. I thought he was a great actor and he was a great person. He’s going to be sorely missed. People have been coming in since yesterday when they found out, just to take pictures of the booth, sit in the booth, take a picture, take pictures outside. And we decided to close the booth down out of respect to him, just to keep it closed and let nobody sit there. Hopefully that’s our way of paying tribute to him.”

The booth is graced with a bouquet of white flowers and bears a placard that reads, “This Booth Reserved for The Soprano Family.”

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