NEW YORK (June 27, 2013)—David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos" said Thursday James Gandolfini brought the traits of a sad boy to his role as an aging mobster.
Chase read a eulogy written as a letter to the actor Thursday during a funeral service at New York's Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.
Chase said he felt that in Gandolfini he was seeing a young boy as well as a man.
"You could see it in your eyes. That's why you were a great actor,” he said.
The 51-year-old actor best known for his role as mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO series died of a heart attack last week while vacationing with his son in Italy.
Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Alec Baldwin and Steve Carell were among the mourners Thursday.
Broadway theaters paid tribute by dimming their lights briefly Wednesday night.
Gandolfini was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 as an actor in "God of Carnage."