Paul Sorvino’s daughter pays tribute to ‘talented and giving’ Goodfellas star


Actress Mira Sorvino has paid tribute to her father – the “genius and giving” Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino – who has died aged 83.

The actor played Paul Cicero in the classic 1990 crime film alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, as well as Sergeant Phil Cerretta in the TV series Law & Order.

Sorvino died on Monday of “natural causes” with his wife Dee Dee Sorvino by his side, having been dealing with health issues for the past few years.

A statement released by Sorvino’s publicist Roger Neill on behalf of his wife said: “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life, and on screen and on stage now. was one of the greatest actors of all time.”

His daughter and actress Meera paid an emotional tribute on social media, calling him “the most wonderful father”.

He wrote on Twitter: “My father, the great Paul Sorvino has passed away. My heart is broken – with him a life of love and joy and wisdom.

“He was the most wonderful father. I loved him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars as you ascend, Dad.

Brico, who starred alongside Sorvino in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, wrote in her tribute that she was “deeply saddened” to hear of his passing, with condolences to his family and loved ones.

Law & Order director Vincent D’Onofrio said the actor always treated him “like a little brother”.

Paul and DD Sorvino (Roger Neal Publications/PA)

“I’ll miss Paul, Mira,” he wrote in response to Ms Sorvino’s tweet.

“My heart goes out to you. Your father always treated me like a little brother.

“I’ll never forget Paul Sorvino.”

Actor Chazz Palminteri, who starred in A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, said he was “heartbroken” by the news.

“I lost my good friend Paul Sorvino, a true renaissance man,” he said.

“Actor, writer, director, opera singer, sculptor… he was one of a kind… Rest in peace my friend, the world will miss you.”

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin wrote: “I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with the great Paul Sorvino.

“And now I’m so saddened to read of his passing. Not only was he kind, he was so talented and so giving as an actor.

“Sending my love to me and the rest of the family. He will surely be missed. RIP.”

Actor Brent Spiner also offered his condolences to Mira and her family following the news, calling Sorvino “very talented” and “fun to be around”.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on April 13, 1939, Sorvino started as an advertising copywriter at an advertising agency but attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and decided to go into theater.

Sorvino made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Bajaur and made his film debut six years later in Carl Reiner’s Weir’s Poppa.

In 1971, Sorvino played a supporting role in the drama film The Panic In Needle Park, starring Al Pacino.

He also received a Tony nomination for his performance in Jason Miller’s 1972 Broadway play That Championship Season, later reprising the role in the feature film version.

Sorvino also had a standout supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film A Touch of Class.

However, he was best known for his role as Paul Cicero aka Big Pauly in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

Actor Paul Sorvino (William Conran/PA) / PA Archive

He also acted in several films including Nixon, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, For the Love of Money, Reads and Oh, God.

Sorvino married his wife, actress and TV host Dee Dee, in 2014 after a chance meeting on the Neil Cavuto Show on the Fox News Channel network.

The actor is survived by his wife, three adult children Mira, Amanda, Michael and five grandchildren.

Sorvino’s death is the latest in a string of recent high-profile deaths of actors in the mobster movie genre.

Tony Sirico, James Caan, and Liotta have all died in the past three months.