The Exciting Career of “Goodfellas” Actor, Paul Sorvino

The Exciting Career of
The Exciting Career of "Goodfellas" actor, Paul Sorvino

Paul Anthony Sorvino (Italian, April 13, 1939 – July 25, 2022) was an American entertainer, opera singer, writer, businessman and sculptor. He frequently depicted power figures and mentors on both sides of the law. Paul Sorvino was primarily known for his roles as Lucchese crime family caporegime Paulie Cicero (because of genuine criminal Paul Vario) in Goodfellas and as NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the second time of the television series Law and Order. He played father figures, including Juliet’s father, for Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Romeo + Juliet. He also did guest appearances as the father of Bruce Willis’ character in Moonlighting and the father of Jeff Garlin’s character in The Goldbergs. He played additional supporting character roles in A Touch of Class, Reds, The Rocketeer, The Cooler, and Nixon (as Henry Kissinger).

Paul Anthony Sorvino

Paul Sorvino was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for the 1972 play That Championship Season and later featured in film and TV adaptations. 

Early life

Sorvino was born into the world on April 13, 1939, and brought up in the Bensonhurst segment of Brooklyn. His mother, Angela Maria Mattea (1906-1991), was a homemaker and piano teacher of Italian descent who was born into the world in Connecticut. Sorvino’s father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian (Neapolitan) immigrant who worked as a foreman in a robe manufacturing plant.

Sorvino went to Lafayette High School (where he was a classmate of painter Peter Max) and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Paul Sorvino’s Net Worth

With so many notable films and television roles, the Net Worth of Sorvino 

valued at $10 million.

Sorvino started his acting profession on Broadway. In 1964, he made his debut on Broadway with the musical Bajour. His first film role landed six years later in 1970 with Where’s Poppa. Then, in 1971, he played a part in The Panic in Needle Park and received recognition for The Championship Season in 1972.

His roles throughout the ’70s and ’80s cemented his presence in Hollywood. He acted in It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy, A Touch of Class, and I Will, I Will … For Now. In 1990, he portrayed the role of Paul Cicero in Goodfellas, becoming his most famous role. The next year, he played Sergeant Phil Cerreta in Law and Order and kept on working with the show for 29 episodes. Additionally, during the ’90s, he played mobsters in The Firm and The Rocketeer.

While Sorvino didn’t play numerous notable parts during the 2000s, he worked with his daughter, Mira as an entertainer and director of the movie The Trouble With Cali.

Paul Sorvino spouse

Sorvino lived in Los Angeles and Madison, Indiana. He had three kids: Mira, Michael, and Amanda, from his first marriage with Lorraine Davis. Mira and Michael are actors.

In December 2014, Sorvino wedded political savant Dee Benkie after meeting her on Your World With Neil Cavuto.

Paul Sorvino still alive

Fans who watched shows like Law and Order and mobster hits loved Paul Servino. Unfortunately, as per The Hollywood Reporter passed away on July 25, 2022, of natural causes. Sorvino supposedly passed on at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. His wife, Dee, affirmed the demise. He was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Paul Sorvino Grandchildren

As of July 2022, the last American legendary entertainer has four wonderful grandchildren – two young men and two young ladies from his child and daughter, Mira Katherine Sorvino – who is an American entertainer.

Mattea Angel Backus, Johnny Christopher King Backus, Lucia Backus, and Holden Paul Terry Backus are the four grandchildren of Paul Sorvino. They all share the same guardians – Mira Sorvino and her husband, Christopher Backus.

Mattea Angel Backus is the oldest grandkid of the entertainer. She was welcomed to the family on November 3, 2004; she is now 17.

Johnny Christopher King Backus is the second eldest among Paul’s grandkids. Johnny was born on May 29, 2006, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is 16 years of age as of July 2022.

Holden Paul Terry Backus is the second grandson of Paul Sorvino. He is the third child. He was brought into the world in 2009.

Lucia Backus then is the youngest among Paul’s grandkids and the second granddaughter of the late entertainer. She was brought into the world in 2012. She is ten years of age as of July 2022.

How old is Paul Sorvino?

Paul Sorvino, who excelled in a long queue of stage and screen performances including “Goodfellas” and “Law and Order,” passed away on Monday of natural causes, as per his rep. He was 83.

His wife, DeeDee Sorvino, posted on Instagram, saying, I’m totally crushed. The true love of my life and the most incredible man who has at any point lived is gone. I’m heartbroken.

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