Famous American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor, Paul Sorvino has left the surface of the earth.
He often portrayed authority figures on both sides of the law, and was known for his roles as Paulie Cicero (based on Paul Vario) in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the second season of the TV series Law & Order.
He also played a variety of father figures, including Juliet’s father in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, as well as guest appearances as the father of Bruce Willis’ character in Moonlighting and the father of Jeff Garlin’s character in The Goldbergs.
He took on additional supporting roles in A Touch of Class, Reds, The Rocketeer, The Cooler, and Nixon (as Henry Kissinger).
Although usually cast in dramatic supporting roles, he had occasional leads in films including Bloodbrothers, and also in comedic roles including his turn as a bombastic Southern evangelist in Carl Reiner’s Oh, God!.
Sorvino was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for the 1972 play That Championship Season, and later starred in film and television adaptations. He was the father of actors Mira Sorvino and Michael Sorvino.
Paul Sorvino died at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, on July 25, 2022, aged 83.
Paul Sorvino Wife
Dee Dee Benkie was the wife of Paul Sorvino at the time of his death.
She was reported to have been by his side when he passed away and said; “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino. He was the love of my life, and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage.”
Dee Dee Benkie is a former aide to President George W. Bush. The couple met when they were interviewed on Fox News’ show Your World With Neil Cavuto in 2013.
They got married in 2014 and were still together as husband and wife at the time of Paul’s death.
Dee Dee Benkie was the third wife of Paul Sorvino. The late actor first got married to Lorraine Davis in 1966 and divorced in 1988. She is the mother of all his three children.
Paul got married to his second wife Vanessa Arico in 1991 and divorced in 1996.
Paul Sorvino Children
Mira Sorvino, Amanda Sorvino, and Michael Sorvino are the three children of the late Paul Sorvino. Their father’s first wife Lorraine Davis is their mother.
Paul Sorvino Grandchildren
Paul had four grandchildren. Two grandsons and two granddaughters are his offspring.
Mattea Angel Backus, Holden Paul Terry Backus, Lucia Backus, and Johnny Christopher King Backus are Paul’s grandchildren.
Paul Sorvino Parents
The late Paul Sorvino was born on April 13, 1939, in New York, New York, United States to his father Ford Sorvino and mother Marietta Sorvino.
His father was an Italian (Neapolitan) immigrant who was working in a robe factory as a foreman.
His mother was a homemaker and doubled as a piano teacher who was birth in Connecticut of Italian (Molisan) descent.
Paul Sorvino Siblings
William Sorvino is Paul Sorvino’s only sibling.