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Governor orders flags at half-staff to honor Gandolfini

Published On: Jun 21 2013 03:53:45 PM EDT
James Gandolfini waving



Governor Chris Christie is ordering flags to fly at half-staff on all state buildings Monday to honor New Jersey native James Gandolfini.

The 51-year-old Gandolfini died of a heart attack Wednesday.

"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of
James Gandolfini," stated the governor.

On Friday, Christie signed an executive order regarding the U.S. and state flags to recognize the achievements and contributions of Gandolfini, a New Jersey native who was born in Westwood and grew up in Park Ridge.

Gandolfini graduated from Park Ridge High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University.

The governor's order states Gandolfini enjoyed an extraordinarily successful acting career across television, film and Broadway, including his popularly acclaimed role as Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos."

 Gandolfini appeared in several
films, including "True Romance", "Terminal Velocity", "Get Shorty", "The
Juror", "The Mexican" and the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123".

Christis said the actor also advocated for service members and veterans in his two documentaries, "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq" and " Wartorn: 1861-2010."

Stated the governor: "James Gandolfini was an iconic actor and will be remembered for the timeless impact he left upon television and film in the State of New Jersey and across our nation."