Paul Sorvino, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Law & Order’ star, dead at 83

Sorvino died of natural causes on Monday, with his wife Dee Dee by his side, who released a statement via Neil saying, “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sorvino earned a Tony nomination for his role in “That Championship Season” (reprising the role in the film version) and appeared in a long list of films that included Henry Kissinger as “Nixon,” Dick” included. Tracy,” “Reds,” and “The Rocketeer.”

Sorvino attended the American Academy of Music and Dramatic and had ideas of becoming an opera singer before making her Broadway debut in the mid-1960s. Her first film was the comedy “Where’s Popa”, followed by “The Panic in Needle Park” with Al Pacino.

Sorvino is perhaps best remembered for director Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” as Paul Cicero, the mobster who maintained a passion for cooking and fine cuisine even in prison, finely chopping garlic with a razor blade. chopped off. (Sorvino and his wife later co-authored the book “Pinot, Pasta, and Parties.”)

The actor played a detective in “Law & Order”, but soon left, citing the limited range of material.

Sorvino is survived by his wife and three children, including actress Mira Sorvino and five grandchildren.