Paul Sorvino: Goodfellas and Law and Order actor dies aged 83 | Ents & Arts News

US actor Paul Sorvino, most famous for his role as gangster Paulie Cicero in the hit movie Goodfellas, has died aged 83.

Sorvino, also known for portraying police sergeant Phil Cerretta on TV series Law and Order, had worked in film and television for more than 50 years.

“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 social media.

Goodfellas, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Joe Pesci 1990
Sorvino with his Goodfellas co-stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci

The actor’s daughter Mira Sorvino, a Hollywood star in her own right, wrote on Twitter: “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.”

When she won a best-supporting actress Oscar for her role in the 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, she thanked her father during her acceptance speech. “He has taught me everything I know about acting,” she said at the time, which brought him to tears.

Sorvino died at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, of natural causes, a spokesperson said.

In May, his Goodfellas co-star Ray Liotta died aged 67 in his sleep while he was filming a movie in the Dominican Republic.

Among Sorvino’s other high-profile roles, he was mob boss Eddie Valentine in The Rocketeer in 1991, and played former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s 1995 movie, Nixon, about the disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins .

A year later in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, he was Fulgencio Capulet, patriarch of the Capulets.

FILE - Paul Sorvino, right, and his wife Dee Dee Sorvino attend the AMBI Gala benefiting The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation on Sept.  9, 2015, in Toronto.  Sorvino, an imposing actor who specialized in playing crooks and cops like Paulie Cicero in "Goodfellas" and the NYPD sergeant Phil Cerretta on "Law & Order," you have died  He was 83. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
Paul Sorvino and his wife Dee Dee in 2015

He also played an Italian American communist in Warren Beatty’s Reds.

Sorvino worked continually, with more than 170 credits and dozens of roles in recent years, including guest appearances in Godfather of Harlem, Bad Blood, Undercover Grandpa, The Goldbergs, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1939, and studied music, attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

He originally wanted to be an opera singer before he turned to acting.

His long career also included roles in Broadway play That Championship Season and a 1982 film adaptation of it.

Other movie credits included Dick Tracy and Money Talks.

Along with his wife Dee Dee and Oscar-winner Mira, Sorvino is survived by his son Michael, daughter Amanda and five grandchildren.

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