American actor and director Paul Sorvino, specializing in roles of bandits and cops such as Paulie Cicero Goodfellas and Sergeant Phil Cerretta in the series law & order died at the age of 83.
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Updated at 4:46 p.m
His rep Roger Neal said the actor died of natural causes in Indiana on Monday morning.
“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino. He was the love of my life and one of the best artists to ever embrace screen and stage,” his wife Dee Dee Sorvino said in a statement.
With a career spanning more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, Mr. Sorvino was a major figure in film and television, playing an Italian-American communist in Red by Warren Beatty; plays Henry Kissinger in the nixon by Oliver Stone; and put yourself in the shoes of a crime boss named Eddie Valentine The rocket man.
He has often said that while he is probably best known for his gangster roles, his real passions were poetry, painting and opera.
Born in Brooklyn in 1939 to a piano teacher and a clothing factory foreman father, Paul Sorvino was drawn to music from an early age and studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, where he fell in love with the theater. In 1964 he made his Broadway debut bajour and his film debut in 1970 Where is Dad? by director Carl Reiner.
With his physique and height of 1.80m, Paul Sorvino has asserted his presence regardless of the media used. In the 1970s he starred alongside Al Pacino in The panic in Needle Park and with James Caan in The player before getting back in touch with Carl Reiner Oh God!. It was also featured in the bank robbery comedy directed by William Friedkin The Brink jobas well as in Slow dancing in the big city by John G. Avildsen.
The actor was particularly prolific in the 1990s, portraying Lips in the Dick Tracy by Warren Beatty, then Paul Cicero in Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese. A role inspired by the gangster Paul Vario. He also appeared in 31 episodes of law & order.
Then the films followed the rocketman, The Company and nixon, which earned him a nomination from the Film and Television Actors Guild of the United States. We also saw it in the Romeo and Juliet by Baz Luhrmann, who plays Fulgencio Capulet, Juliet’s father.
Warren Beatty fell in love with Paul Sorvino and hired him again for political satire Bulworth as well as for his love letter to Hollywood Rules don’t apply.
Paul Sorvino is survived by three children from his first marriage, including Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. He also starred in a film written and directed by his daughter Amanda Sorvino, which also starred his son Michael Sorvino.