Paul Sorvino, the famous actor with the speciality of playing thieves and cops like Paulie Cicero in the movie “Goodfellas” and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta in the series “Law & Order,” has died. He was 83 years old.
His publicist, Roger Neal, said that Paul Sorvino died on
Monday morning in Indiana due to natural causes.
Paul Sorvino was conceived in Brooklyn, New York, in
1939. his mother, Angela Maria Mattea, led him to play the piano, and his father, Ford Sorvino, worked in a dress factory. They were an Italian immigrant family.
Sorvino attended Lafayette High School and American
Academy of Music and Drama, where he began his career as a
copywriter at an advertising agency. He attended voice lessons for 18 years.
While attending the American Academy of Music and Drama,
he decided to go into the theatre as he fell in love with drama. He was very into music from a young age.
Paul made his Broadway debut in 1964 in “Bajour.”
and his film debut in Carl Reiner’s “Where’s Poppa?” in 1970.
Paul Sorvino’s Spouse-
Dee Dee Sorvino said, “Our spirits are broken; there will never be another Paul Sorvino; was the love of my life and one of the unique artists ever to live. He was a good husband, a best friend, a father and a brother. I will always
Paul and Dee Dee Sorvino were an inseparable couple. Dee
Dee was his greatest supporter.
Paul Sorvino and Dee Dee married in 2014 at the Lincoln
Center in New York. They met in 2013 when both appeared as guests on an episode of Your World With Neil Cavuto. Dee Dee also had a political career behind her, as she previously worked as an assistant to former President George W. Bush. She seized the seat after me, and I went crazy as soon as
I saw her,” the opera singer told in January 2015 about meeting Dee Dee.
“She was wearing an amazing blue dress and had an
The aura around her, and I said, ‘Lord, she’s the one for me.'”
After the wedding, the couple decided to write a cookbook
together. In 2017 the couple wrote Pinot, Pasta & parties.
The cookbook honoured Paul’s Goodfellas character Paulie
Cicero and his Italian roots with a series of Italian recipes.
In more than 50 years in the entertainment
industry, Paul Sorvino has been a primary focus in movies and television,
playing an Italian American Marxist in Warren Beatty’s “Reds,”
Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” and mob boss Eddie
Valentino in “The Rocketeer.”
He often said that although he might be best known for
playing gangsters, his true loves were poetry, painting and opera.
A Touch of Italy –
After long conversations with Paul Sorvino, his friend,
the famous chef Palato Italiano invited him to Italy to experience the unique
Italian cuisine at the Bolzano centre with some company associates.
The actor was honoured by Mayor De Magistris with the
city coat of arms and welcomed by President Rosetta D’Amelio.
She presented the couple with a valuable book about
Pompeii and an artistic ceramic artefact designed for the regional coat of arms.
On the last day of Sorvino’s stay in Naples, the opening of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples ended with an amazing room. Paul Sorvino will surely remember this trip and the Italian welcome, especially the Neapolitan one.
His enthusiasm, commitment and love for his Italian heritage and the emotions he experienced during his stay made him an excellent representative of Italian cuisine at the table in the USA.