While the world mourns the death of actor James Gandolfini, fans are paying tribute all around the world, especially in New Jersey.
According to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the New Jersey diner featured in the iconic final scene of the “The Sopranos” has paid tribute to the 51-year-old actor… with a plaque placed at the table that ended the TV series.
Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery in Bloomfield, New Jersey, served as the setting for the HBO series’ final scene that cut to black, leaving fans wondering what had happened to Tony Soprano. That booth now sports a plaque sits with the inscription, “This booth reserved for the Soprano family.” A reserved sign also sits at the head of the table in Gandolfini’s memory.
ABC reports that fans flocked to the diner Wednesday night (June 19) after hearing about James’ death, and shared stories about the series that kept them glued to their TV screens for six seasons from 1999-2007.
Gandolfini was born and bred in New Jersey. Born on September 18, 1961, in Westwood, N.J., he became interested in theater while he attended Park Ridge High School. At Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, he studied communications and graduated in 1983. He was also inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2004; and was an outspoken booster for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released a statement, praising the actor for being a “true New Jersey guy.”
“I was a huge fan of his and the character he played so authentically, Tony Soprano,” Christie said. “I have gotten to know Jimmy and many of the other actors in ‘The Sopranos’ cast and I can say that each of them are an individual New Jersey treasure. [His wife] Mary Pat and I express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Gandolfini’s wife and children, and our prayers are with them at this terrible time.”