Goodfellas Star Paul Sorvino Dies at 83

Paul Sorvino, famous for his role in Goodfellas, sadly passed away at 83 years old, according to TMZ. He passed away with his wife Dee Dee Sorvino by his side, saying, “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.” The actor died of natural causes following health issues over the past few years.

Sorvino was born on April 13th, 1939, with a career that spans decades. He has appeared in over 50 films during his lifetime, including Goodfellas, Nixon, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, For the love of Money, Reds, and A Touch of Class. He also worked on the small screen, with appearances in Law & Order, and even went to Broadway with That Championship Season. Sorvino received a Tony nomination for his performance in the play, reprising his role for a feature film version of the story later on. He also received a Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance in the 1995 film Nixon.


Sorvino began his career as an advertising copywriter in an ad agency while attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy before his Broadway Debut in 1964, starring in Bajour. He would move to the big screen six years later in Where’s Poppa before joining Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park. Sorvino has starred alongside actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Connelly, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci.

Paul Sorvino Left a Lasting Legacy

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Sorvino was best known for his role as Paul ‘Paulie’ Cicero in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas. He most recently worked on Godfather of Harlem, The Birthday Cake, and Bad Impulse. However, the actor left more behind than a legacy of movies. The actor founded the Paul Sorvino Asthma Foundation and co-authored a book with his wife Dee Dee titled Pinot, Pasta, and Parties. The book was filled with recipes for dishes the family prepares, along with details about their bi-coastal life and tales of Paul’s acting career, which was published in 2017. The couple married in 2014 after meeting on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News Channel Network.

The actor is survived by his children Mira, Amanda, and Michael, along with his wife Dee Dee and five grandchildren.