Paul Sorvino, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Law & Order’ Star, Dies at 83

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Some of the recognizable display screen presences of his technology has died. Paul Sorvino, greatest referred to as Paulie Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, and as one of many early police detectives on the long-running Legislation & Order tv franchise, handed away earlier this week.

Sorvino’s spouse Dee Dee introduced the information on her Instagram account, writing “I’m fully devastated. The love of my life & essentially the most great man who has ever lived is gone.” Sorvino was 83 years outdated. He reportedly handed away of pure causes.

Born in Brooklyn, Sorvino first labored as an promoting copywriter earlier than transitioning into the world of performing, first on Broadway and later in movie and tv. He appeared in lots of memorable motion pictures of the Seventies together with The Panic in Needle ParkThe Gambler, and Oh, God!

In Goodfellas, Sorvino performed Paulie, the highly effective Mafia capo who managed the neighborhood the place the principle character, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) grew up and have become a father determine to the younger and impressionable Henry.

Sorvino appeared in a lot of Goodfellas’ most iconic scenes, together with the sequence the place the characters wind up in jail, however proceed to dwell a lavish life-style behind bars. There, Paulie reveals his secret to cooking garlic: Slicing it paper skinny with a razor.

Not lengthy after Goodfellas, Sorvino changed George Dzundza because the senior detective on Legislation & Order. His Sgt. Phil Cerreta partnered with Chris Noth’s Mike Logan for all of Season 2 of the present, and the primary eight episodes of Season 3, earlier than Sorvino determined to depart the present to pursue different initiatives.

Sorvino’s different movie roles embrace Dick TracyThe Rocketeer, Romeo + JulietBulworth, and Nixon, the place he memorably performed Henry Kissinger. He additionally labored on TV reveals starting from Homicide She Wrote to Godfather of Harlem to The Goldbergs to Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology to The Streets of San Francisco (and its spinoff, Bert D’Angelo/Celebrity).

Sorvino was additionally the daddy of actress Mira Sorvino, and he labored along with her on the movie The Bother With Cali. When she gained her Academy Award for Finest Supporting Actress in 1996, she publicly thanked him from the stage, main a really memorable Oscar second.

Whereas Sorvino had many different pursuits and abilities — he was an opera singer and a sculptor, and he owned a horse farm — he’ll seemingly be greatest remembered for his work in movies like Goodfellas, the place he had an unlimited and unforgettable presence.

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