Another Goodfella has left us. RIPPaul Sorvino.


Paul Sorvino as Paulie Cicero in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas

Sad news today:


Paul Sorvino, the badass actor – and operatic tenor and figurative sculptor – known for his roles as quiet and often politely calm but dangerous men in films like “Freedmenand TV shows like “Law & Order,” died on Monday. He was 83 years old.

His publicist, Roger Neal, confirmed the death at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. No specific cause was given, but Mr Neal said Mr Sorvino ‘has been dealing with health issues for the past few years’.

Mr Sorvino was the father of Mira Sorvino, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Woody Allen’s ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ (1995). In her acceptance speech, she said her father “taught me everything I know about acting.”

Goodfellas (1990), Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed mafia epic, emerged when Mr. Sorvino was 50 and decades into his film career. His character, Paulie Cicerowas a local mob boss – heavyset, soft-spoken and icy.

“Paulie may have moved slowly,” says Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, his neighborhood protege in the film, “but that was only because he didn’t have to move for anyone.” (Mr. Liotta is deceased in May at age 67.)

RIP Mr Sorvino. Here is a compilation of Sorvino’s best scenes from Freedmen:

And here’s a scene from one of my favorite movies that Sorvino was in in the early 200s. 2003 The cooler:

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