Paul Sorvino, a dashing actor who specialized in playing crooks and cops like Paulie Cicero on “Goodfellas” and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerretta on “Law & Order,” died. He was 83 years old.
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“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage,” his wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, said in a statement.
In his more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, Sorvino has been a mainstay in film and television, playing an Italian-American communist in Warren Beatty’s Reds, Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s Nixon and mob boss Eddie Valentine in ‘The Rocketeer’. He often said that while he might be best known for his role as a gangster, his real passions were poetry, painting and opera.
Born in Brooklyn in 1939 to a piano-teaching mother and a garment factory foreman father, Sorvino was musically inclined from an early age and attended the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York where he fell in love with the theater. He made his Broadway debut in 1964 in “Bajour” and his film debut in Carl Reiner’s “Where’s Poppa?” in 1970.
At 6.5 feet, 4 inches tall, Sorvino made an imposing presence regardless of medium. In the 1970s, he starred opposite Al Pacino in ‘The Panic in Needle Park’ and with James Caan in ‘The Gambler’, reteaming with Reiner in ‘Oh, God! and was among the ensemble in William Friedkin’s bank robbery comedy “The Brink’s Job.” In John G. Avildsen’s “Rocky” sequel “Slow Dancing in the Big City,” Sorvino played a romantic lead and used his dance training opposite professional ballerina Anne Ditchburn.
He was particularly prolific in the 1990s, starting the decade playing Lips in Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” and Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” which was based on real-life mobster Paul Vario, and 31 episodes of “Law” Dick Wolf. & Order.” He followed these with roles in “The Rocketeer,” “The Firm,” “Nixon,” which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” as Juliet’s father, Fulgencio Capulet. Beatty often turned to Sorvino, enlisting him again for his 1998 political satire “Bulworth” and his 2016 love letter to Hollywood “Rules Don’t Apply.” He also appeared in his “The Immigrant” James Gray.
Sorvino had three children from his first marriage, including Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino. He also directed and starred in a film written by his daughter Amanda Sorvino and starring his son Michael Sorvino.
Upon learning that Mira Sorvino was among the women allegedly sexually harassed and blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein amid the #MeToo appreciation, she told TMZ that if she had known, Weinstein, “wouldn’t be walking. He would be in a wheelchair”.
He was proud of his daughter and cried when she won the best supporting actress Oscar for “Mighty Aphrodite” in 1996. He told the Los Angeles Times that night he was at a loss for words to express how he felt.
“They don’t exist in any language I’ve ever heard of—well, maybe Italian,” he said.
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