Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino dies aged 83

Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino has died aged 83, his publicist confirmed to the PA news agency.

The actor played Paul Cicero in the 1990 classic crime thriller alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, and Sergeant Phil Cerreta in the television series Law & Order.

Sorvino died Monday of “natural causes” with his wife Dee Dee Sorvino at his side after dealing with health issues in recent years.

A statement released by Sorvino’s publicist Roger Neal on behalf of his wife said: “Our hearts are broken there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest artists to ever break the screen and graced the stage.”


Actor Paul Sorvino (William Conran/PA)

His daughter and actress Mira Sorvino described him as “the most wonderful father” in her emotional tribute post.

She tweeted: “My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed away. My heart is torn – a life full of love and joy and wisdom with him is over.

“He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. Sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”

Actor Brent Spiner offered his condolences to Mira and her family after the news, describing Sorvino as “very talented” and “fun to be around.”

Sorvino was born on April 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. He started out as a copywriter at an advertising agency, but then attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and decided to pursue theater.

Sorvino made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Bajour and six years later appeared in his first film, Carl Reiner’s Where’s Poppa?

In 1971, Sorvino played a supporting role in the drama film The Panic In Needle Park, starring Al Pacino.

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He also received a Tony nomination for his performance in Jason Miller’s 1972 Broadway play That Championship Season, in which he later reprized the role in the feature film version.

Sorvino also had a prominent supporting role in the Oscar-winning film A Touch Of Class.


Paul and Dee Dee Sorvino (Roger Neal Releases/PA)

However, he is best known for his role as Paul Cicero, also known as Big Pauly, in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas.

He has also starred in a number of films including Nixon, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, For The Love Of Money, Reds and Oh, God!

Sorvino married his wife, actress and television presenter Dee Dee, in 2014 after a chance meeting on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News Channel Network.

The actor is survived by his wife, three adult children Mira, Amanda, Michael and five grandchildren. Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino dies aged 83

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