Paul Sorvino, best known for playing Paulie Cicero in the 1990 mobster classic Goodfellas, has become an angel at 83.
2022 is proving to be a bad year for silver screen gangsters, having already seen the passing of Ray Liotta, James Caan and Tony Sirico.
A 50 Year Career
In an illustrious career spanning over 50 years, Sorvino appeared as mob boss Eddie Valentine in The Rocketeer. As former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s, Nixon. He also worked with Al Pacino in 1971’s The Panic in Needle Park and with recently deceased James Caan in 1974’s The Gambler.
Sorvino also starred as Claire Danes’s father in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, a heroin-addicted lounge singer alongside Alec Baldwin in The Cooler, and as Lips Manlis in 1990’s Dick Tracy.
He also had prominent roles in TV as police sergeant Phil Cerreta on Law & Order and most recently as Frank Costello in Godfather of Harlem.
The Sorvino Family
Sorvino had three children with his first wife, all of whom followed him into show business – two as actors and one as a writer.
One of his daughters, Mira Sorvino, later went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite in 1996. Mira 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.”
After Mira Sorvino was identified as a victim of convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, Sorvino gave a viral interview in which he predicted that the disgraced Hollywood mogul would perish behind bars. He followed up with:
“Because if not, he has to meet me, and I will kill him. Real simple”.
RIP Paul and say hi to Liotta for us.