According to sources, the actor who played gangster Paulie Cicero in the iconic mafia film “Goodfellas” died on Monday at the age of 83. One of the best-known actors of the 1990s, Paul Sorvino, has been working in film, television, and on stage for over half a century.
He died of natural causes, according to a spokeswoman at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida (USA). “I am completely devastated. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone. I am heartbroken,” Dee Dee Sorvino, the actor’s wife, expressed her thoughts via Twitter.
Sorvino, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939, studied music and planned to be an opera singer before deciding to become an actor instead. He appeared on Broadway in the play “That Championship Season” and in a film adaptation of the same name in 1982. Other film credits include “Dick Tracy,” “Reds,” and “Nixon,” in which he played Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State.
‘Goodfellas’ director Martin Scorsese cast Sorvino at the age of 50 as Cicero, a quiet but formidable mobster based on the real-life Paul Vario. For her role in the 1995 film “Mighty Aphrodite,” Mira Sorvino paid tribute to Sorvino’s father, who had three children. Her words at the time: “He has taught me everything I know about acting,” she stated as he watched from the audience and broke down in tears.
On Monday, Mira Sorvino said, “my heart is rent asunder” by the loss of my father.” On Twitter, she wrote, “A life of love, joy, and wisdom with him is over.” “He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.”