Actor Paul Sorvino, known for streetwise tough guy roles in “Goodfellas” and “Law & Order,” died of natural causes at the age of 83 on Monday morning.
Sorvino’s wife, the Emmy-winning actor Dee Dee Sorvino, was by his side in Indiana at the time of his death, according to Sorvino’s publicist Roger Neal.
“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life, and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage,” Dee Dee Sorvino said in a statement released by Neal.
The Brooklyn-born actor enjoyed more than five decades of work across film, television and the Broadway stage as he portrayed a range of compelling and dramatic characters.
But Sorvino may be best known for his work in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” where he played mobster Paul Cicero. He told AP Radio in 2004 that he was proud of his work in the 1990 film.
“But it’s only one small section of what I am and it’s completely antithetical to my personality,” Sorvino said. “It’s nothing like me as a human being.”
He is survived by his wife, Dee Dee, as well as his three adult children: Mira, Michael and Amanda.
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