Actress Mira Sorvino has paid tribute to her father – the “talented and giving” Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino – who has died at the age of 83.
He played Paul Cicero in the classic 1990 crime film alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, as well as playing Sergeant Phil Serrata in the TV series Law & Order.
Sorvino died Monday of “natural causes” with his wife, Dee Di Sorvino, having dealt with health issues over the years.
A statement issued by Sorvino’s publicist Roger Neal 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 the greatest ever on screen and stage. Was one of the artists.
His daughter and actress Mira described him as “the most wonderful father” in an emotional tribute on social media.
She wrote on Twitter: “My father, the great Paul Sorvino, has passed away. My heart is torn – a life of love and joy and wisdom is over with him.
“He was the most wonderful father. I love him dearly. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you soar.”
Bracko, who starred with Sorvino in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas, wrote in her tribute that she was “deeply saddened” to hear of his passing while offering condolences to her family and loved ones.
Law & Order director Vincent D’Onofrio said the actor has always treated him “like a younger brother”.
“I will miss Paul, Mira,” he wrote in response to Ms Sorvino’s tweet.
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“My heart goes out to you. Your father always treated me like a younger brother.
“I will never forget Paul Sorvino.”
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin wrote: “I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with the great Paul Sorvino.
“And now I am deeply saddened to read of his passing. He was not only kind, but so talented and so giving as an actor.
“I am sending my love to Mira and the rest of the family. He will surely be missed. tear out.”
Actor Brent Spiner also sent his condolences to Mira and her family after the news, describing Sorvino as “very talented” and “fun to be around”.
Born on April 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York, Sorvino started out as an advertising copywriter at an advertising agency, but attended the American Academy of Music and Dramatics and decided to go into theatre.
Sorvino made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Bajaur and six years later made his first film appearance in Karl Renner’s Where’s Popa.
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 an exceptional supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film A Touch of Class.
However, he was best known for starring as Paul Cicero, aka Big Pauly, in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas.
He starred in several films including Nixon, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, For the Love of Money, Reds and Oh, God!
Sorvino married his wife, actress and TV host Dee Dee, in 2014 after a chance encounter on the Neil Cavuto show on the Fox News Channel network.
The actor is survived by his wife, his three adult children Mira, Amanda, Michael and five grandchildren.
Sorvino’s death is the latest in the recent high-profile deaths of actors in the mobster film genre.
Tony Sirico, James Caan and Liotta have all died in the past three months.