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.
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Paul Sorvino died at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, on July 25, 2022, aged 83.
Dee Dee, his wife, who was rumored to have been by his side when he passed away 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.”
Her Oscar-winning daughter, Mira Sorvino also took to Twitter to share a tribute to her father.
“My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend”
My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed. My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) July 25, 2022
Sorvino was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2006, however, we’re reliably told that the causes of his death was not related to his age-long illness.
We are eagerly waiting to get hold of what actually killed the American actor, as no specific cause of death was provided.