Goodfellas and Law & Order star Paul Sorvino Has Died at the Age of 83

A representative for Paul Sorvino confirmed on Monday that the 83-year-old actor who played notorious mobster Paulie Cicero in the film “Goodfellas” had passed away.

Sorvino has been an actor for over 50 years, appearing in films, TV shows, and plays. He is perhaps best known for his role as police sergeant Phil Cerreta in the 1990s drama “Law & Order.”

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Paul Sorvino Passes Away

According to a Mayo Clinic spokesperson, he passed away of natural causes at their facility in Jacksonville, Florida. “I am completely devastated. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone. I am heartbroken,” his wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, wrote on Twitter.

Goodfellas' and 'Law & Order' Star Paul Sorvino Has Died at the Age of 83
Goodfellas’ and ‘Law & Order’ Star Paul Sorvino Has Died at the Age of 83

Sorvino, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939, wanted to be an opera singer before he got into acting. During his lengthy career, he appeared in both the 1982 film adaptation of the Broadway play “That Championship Season” and the original production. Also, you may know him from films like “Dick Tracy,” “Reds,” and “Nixon,” in which he portrayed Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Sorvino, then 50 years old, was cast by Martin Scorsese as Cicero in “Goodfellas” (1990), a quiet but formidable character based on the real-life mobster Paul Vario.

Mira Sorvino, one of Sorvino’s three children, thanked him for his support when she accepted an Academy Award for her performance in the 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite.

She cried on stage as he watched from the audience and credited him with teaching her everything she knew about acting. Actress Mira Sorvino said Monday, “my heart is rent asunder” over the loss of her father.

“A life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over,” she wrote on Twitter. “He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars, Dad, as you ascend.”

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