According to his publicist, Roger Neal, Paul Sorvino, and imposing actor whose roles varied from the mob leader in “Goodfellas” to an early appearance on the long-running cop program “Law & Order,” has passed away.
Sorvino’s career spanned a wide variety of genres and characters, including both. He was 83. On Monday, Sorvino passed away due to natural causes, and his wife Dee Dee was there to comfort him.
In a statement that was released by Neal on behalf of Dee Dee Sorvino, the actress said, in part, “Our hearts are devastated, there will never be another Paul Sorvino.”
Sorvino was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has appeared in a long list of movies, including those in which he plays Henry Kissinger in “Nixon,” “Dick Tracy,” “Reds,” and “The Rocketeer.”
He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in “That Championship Season” (reprising the role in the film version), and he has also been nominated for a Tony Award.
Before making his debut on Broadway in the middle of the 1960s, Sorvino studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and entertained ideas of pursuing a career as an opera singer during that time.
His debut film, the comedy “Where’s Poppa,” came out first, and then came “The Panic in Needle Park,” in which he starred opposite Al Pacino.
In the film “Goodfellas,” directed by Martin Scorsese, Sorvino played the role of Paul Cicero, a gangster who, despite being incarcerated, never lost his love of good dining and cooking; in one scene, he slices garlic very finely with a razor blade.
Sorvino is probably most recognized for this role. (Later in life, Sorvino and his wife collaborated on the book “Pinot, Pasta, and Parties,” which was published.)
The actor joined “Law & Order” as one of the investigators, but he quickly quit the show, claiming the narrow variety of the available material as the reason for his departure.
Mira Sorvino, one of Sorvino’s three children, and his wife, together with their five grandchildren, are among those who will miss him after his passing.
On Monday, Mira Sorvino said on her Twitter account, “My heart is completely broken since my life of love, joy, and knowledge with him has come to an end.
He was the most amazing parent in the world. I love him so much. As you soar, I am sending you my love in the form of stars, Dad.”
My Heart Is Rent Asunder: Mira Sorvino Pays Tribute to Father Paul Sorvino
Mira Sorvino paid tribute to her late father, actor Paul Sorvino, by tweeting a heartfelt message about him today.
Paul Sorvino passed away at the age of 83 after battling a number of health challenges in recent years.
She wrote in a tweet, “My father, the legendary Paul Sorvino, has gone away.” “My heart is shattered to pieces since our life together filled with love, joy, and wisdom has come to an end.
He was the most amazing parent in the world. I love him so much. As you continue your ascent, please know that I am thinking of you and sending you my love.
Dee Dee Sorvino, Paul Sorvino’s widow, made the sad announcement of her husband’s passing earlier today.