Goodfellas actor Paul Sorvino dies at 83

”Goodfellas” and “Law & Order” actor Paul Sorvino dies at 83

Actor Paul Sorvino, best known for his streetwise tough guy roles on “Goodfellas” and “Law & Order,” died Monday morning. He is 83 years old. Sorvino’s wife, Emmy-winning actor Dee Dee Sorvino, was by his side, according to Sorvino’s publicist Roger Neal.

Actor Paul Sorvino

Dee De Sorvino said in a statement released by Neill “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, the love of my life and one of the greatest ever performers to ever grace the screen and stage,”. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he enjoyed more than five decades across film, television, and the Broadway stage, portraying a variety of compelling and dramatic roles. Paul Sorvino may be best known for his work in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” in which he played the role of the domineering Paul Cicero. Paul Sorvino told AP Radio in 2004 that Paul Sorvino was proud of his work on the 1990 film. 


Actor Paul Sorvino is perhaps equally famous for his work on “Law & Order” from 1991 to 1992. Although actor Paul Sorvino was only on the show for one season, his 31 episodes as Sgt. Frank Cerreta forever associated him with the venerable television franchise. Sorvino, an alumnus of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical “Bazoor.” He later starred in shows like “Skyscraper” and “An American Millionaire,” according to Playbill.


Actor Paul Sorvino Throughout his film career, Sorvino gave dramatic performances playing real people. In Warren Beatty’s “Reds,” Paul Sorvino played Italian American communist Louis Fraina. In Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” he played former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, earning him a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He appeared in notable films such as the 1971 drug drama “The Panic in Needle Park” alongside Al Pacino, the 1990 comic strip adaptation “Dick Tracy” by Warren Beatty, and the Disney superhero adventure. “The Rocketeer” in 1991 and an adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Firm” with Tom Cruise in 1993, Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” in 1996.


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