Paul Sorvino, who performed the function of gangster Paulie Cicero in traditional mob film Goodfellas, has died on the age of 83, a spokesperson for the actor stated on Monday.
Sorvino, additionally identified for portraying police sergeant Phil Cerreta on TV collection Legislation & Order within the 1990s, labored in movie and tv and on stage for greater than 50 years.
He died on the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, of pure causes, the spokesperson stated.
“I am completely devastated. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone. I am heartbroken,” his spouse, Dee Dee Sorvino, wrote on Twitter.
Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Sorvino studied music and initially needed to grow to be an opera singer earlier than he turned to appearing.
His lengthy profession included roles in Broadway play That Championship Season and a 1982 movie adaptation. Different film credit included Dick Tracy, Reds and Nixon, through which he performed Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Martin Scorsese tapped Sorvino at age 50 to play Cicero, a quiet however formidable character primarily based on the real-life mobster Paul Vario, in 1990’s Goodfellas.
Sorvino had three kids, together with actor Mira Sorvino, who thanked her father when she accepted her Academy Award for 1995 movie Mighty Aphrodite.
“He has taught me everything I know about acting,” she stated on the time as he appeared on from the viewers and broke into tears.
On Monday, Mira Sorvino stated “my heart is rent asunder” by her father’s loss of life.
“A life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over,” she wrote on Twitter. “He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”