Rest in Peace, Actor Paul Sorvino (‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Law & Order’): 1939-2022

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Paul Sorvino, the acclaimed actor known for standout roles over the years including Paulie Cicero in Goodfellas and Phil Cerreta on Law & Order, has passed away at the age of 83.

The news was confirmed on Monday by his wife, Dee Dee, who noted that Paul passed away from natural causes.

“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,” she said in a statement published by THR.

On Instagram, Paul’s daughter, actor Mira Sorvino, posted this:


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Paul Sorvino was born on April 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, and his acting career began on the stage, before he picked up number of noteworthy roles in motion pictures. In addition to star-making turns in Goodfellas and Law & Order, Sorvino was known for his performances in Nixon, The Rocketeer, Romeo + Juliet, Reds and much more.

THR‘s tribute to Sorvino includes a quote from the actor about how he was initially a bit scared to take on the role of Cicero in Goodfellas:

“I’d done a lot of comedies as well as dramas, but I’d never done a really tough guy. I never had it in me,” he said. “And this [part] called for a lethality, which I felt was way beyond me. I called my manager three days before we started shooting and said, ‘Get me out. I’m going to ruin this great man’s picture, and I’m going to ruin myself.’ He, being wise, said, ‘Call me tomorrow, and if necessary I will get you out.’

“Then I was going by the hall mirror to adjust my tie. I was just inconsolable. And I looked in the mirror and literally jumped back a foot. I saw a look I’d never seen, something in my eyes that alarmed me. A deadly soulless look in my eyes that scared me and was overwhelmingly threatening. And I looked to the heavens and said, ‘You’ve found it.’”

Rest in peace, Paul Sorvino.

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