Sorvino, who appeared in the films Goodfellas and Law & Order, has died at the age of 83.
Actor Paul Sorvino has died
according to his manager Roger Neal, after a protracted illness. He was best known for his appearances as a mafia leader in “Goodfellas” and a police detective on “Law & Order: SVU.” He was 83 years old at the time.
In the company of his wife, Dee Dee, Sorvino passed away on Monday of natural causes. There will never be another Paul Sorvino,” said Dee Dee Sorvino in a statement released through Neal.
Sorvino, who grew up in Brooklyn and played Henry Kissinger in “Nixon,” “Dick Tracy,” “Reds,” and “The Rocketeer,” was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in “That Championship Season.” He has also acted in a number of other films, including “That Championship Season.”
While attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Sorvino considered pursuing a career as an opera singer. After starring alongside Al Pacino in “The Panic in Needle Park,” he went on to star in the comedy “Where’s Poppa? “.
Sorvino is arguably most known for her role as Paul Cicero, a gangster who remained a fan of exquisite food even while doing time in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, delicately slicing garlic with a razor blade. He later co-wrote the book “Pinot, Pasta and Parties” (with his wife).
The actor was cast as a detective on “Law & Order,” but he quickly resigned because of the show’s “limited breadth of content.”
Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, one of which is the actress and singer Mira Sorvino, as well as by five grandkids.
Monday, Mira Sorvino tweeted: “My heart has been torn to shreds; my time with him, filled with love, joy, and knowledge, is finished. He was an excellent parent. I’m madly in love with him. As you soar, I’m sending you my love in the heavens.”