Police brace for traffic for Gandolfini viewing

Actor James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" helped create one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51. In a statement, the cable channel, and Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, said he died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

June 26, 2013 6:54:25 AM PDT
Police in a small northern New Jersey town are urging the public to stay away from a private viewing for actor James Gandolfini.

Park Ridge police are expecting heavy traffic delays near the Robert Spearing Funeral Home for the invitation-only wake for family and friends between 3 and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Berthoud Street will be closed from noon until 9:30 p.m.

The 51-year-old star of "The Sopranos", who grew up in nearby Westwood, died last Wednesday in Rome.

Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights at 8 p.m. in memory of the actor 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.