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‘goodfellas’ and ‘that Championship Season’ Star Paul Sorvino Has Died at the Age of 83

Character actor Paul Sorvino, best known for his portrayal of coldhearted mobster Paulie Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas, passed away on Sunday. He was 63. The man was 83 years old.

Mira Sorvino’s father, Sorvino, died on Monday of natural causes, his wife Dee Dee revealed. Sorvino was an Oscar-winning actress (Mighty Aphrodite).

There will never be another Paul Sorvino. He was the love of my life and one of the greatest actors to ever grace screen or stage.

“My heart is split asunder – a life of love, laughter, and wisdom with him is finished,” Mira wrote on Twitter. He was a fantastic father. I’m madly in love with him. Daddy, I’m sending you my love as you climb towards the heavens.

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, according to publicist Roger Neal, is the place where he succumbed.

Michael Sorvino’s career spanned more than half a century, and he appeared in a wide range of roles, including James Caan’s bookie in The Gambler (1974), Claire Danes’ stern father in Romeo and Juliet (1996), Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995), and an addict in The Cooler (1999). (2003).

A founding member of the American Communist Party, he appeared alongside Warren Beatty in Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981) and again in Dick Tracy (1990), Bulworth (1998), and Rules Don’t Apply (2003). (2016).

_Star Paul Sorvino (1)

In 2006, the Brooklyn-born tenor fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he appeared in the New York Opera at Lincoln Center, where he was the partner of Chris Noth’s Det. Mike Logan.

During the original Broadway production of Jason Miller‘s That Championship Season, Sorvino got a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his role as Phil Romano, one of the four former high school basketball players who reconnect to visit their old coach.

He returned to the character in 1982 for a sequel, and in 1999 for a Showtime miniseries in which he also directed. In The Trouble With Cali, his sole feature film, he returned to Scranton, Pennsylvania, the setting of That Championship Season as both an actor and director (2012).

Nevertheless, Sorvino is most remembered for his role as Cicero in the ultraviolent GoodFellas (1990), which Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese adapted from Pileggi’s 1986 factual book. Cicero loved a nice dinner and chopped his garlic with a razor blade.

During the original Broadway production of Jason Miller‘s That Championship Season, Sorvino got a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his role as Phil Romano, one of the four former high school basketball players who reconnect to visit their old coach.

He returned to the character in 1982 for a sequel, and in 1999 for a Showtime miniseries in which he also directed. In The Trouble With Cali, his sole feature film, he returned to Scranton, Pennsylvania, the setting of That Championship Season as both an actor and director (2012).

Nevertheless, Sorvino is most remembered for his role as Cicero in the ultraviolent GoodFellas (1990), which Nicholas Pileggi and Scorsese adapted from Pileggi’s 1986 factual book. Cicero loved a nice dinner and chopped his garlic with a razor blade.

In a 2015 New York Times profile on the film’s 25th anniversary, Sorvino admitted that he was both thrilled and terrified to land the role.

To play a tough guy was new for me; I’d done a lot of comedies and dramas before. He claimed, “I never had it in me.” That [portion] demanded a level of lethality that I felt was out of my reach. Before we started shooting, I contacted my manager and said, ‘Get me out.’ The image of this great man will be ruined, and I will be ruined in the process.’

In the hall mirror, I was going to adjust my tie. The pain was unbearable. Looking in the mirror, I nearly fell backward. I noticed a look in my eyes that I’d never noticed before, something that worried me. In my eyes, I saw something that terrified me and was so menacing that I couldn’t bear to look at it. After a moment of contemplation, I answered, “It’s here.”

_Star Paul Sorvino

In his prime, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Sorvino starred in The Panic in Needle Park (1971), William Friedkin’s The Brink’s Job (1978), and The Rocketeer (1991), and The Firm (1992). (1993).

As he once put it, “There are many people who assume I’m genuinely an underworld figure because of the movie Goodfellas.” You have to pay a price for being good at your job.

But he has the potential to be a real softy. Sorvino was in the crowd when his daughter accepted her Oscar for best-supporting actress in 1996 and was observed weeping with excitement.

On April 13, 1939, Sorvino was born in Brooklyn’s Bensonhurst neighborhood. A robe factory worker, his father was an Italian immigrant, while his mother was a piano instructor and homemaker. When he was growing up, his parents were regularly at odds, and he spent time with his mother in California before graduating from Lafayette High School in 1956.

As a youth, Sorvino sang at Catskills hotels because he was fascinated by the human voice. Asthma forced him to give up his dream of becoming an opera singer in favor of pursuing a career in acting.

He received his formal training in acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where he trained under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner and William Esper.