Actress Mira Sorvino has paid tribute to her father, Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino, who has died at the age of 83.
The actor played Paul Cicero in the classic 1990 crime film opposite Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, as well as playing Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the television series Law & Order.
Sorvino died Monday of “natural causes” with his wife Dee Dee Sorvino by his side, having dealt with ill health in recent years.
A statement released by Sorvino’s publicist, Roger Neal, on behalf of his wife, said: “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest artists to ever grace the screen.” screen and stage. .”
His daughter and actress Mira described him as “the most wonderful father” in an emotional tribute on social media.
She wrote on Twitter: “My father, the great Paul Sorvino has passed away. My heart is torn: a life of love, joy and wisdom with him is over.
“He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. Sending you love in the stars, Dad, as you ascend.”
Bracco, who starred alongside Sorvino in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, wrote in his tribute that he was “very saddened” to learn of his passing while offering his condolences to his family and loved ones.
Law & Order director Vincent D’Onofrio said the actor had always treated him “like a little brother.”
“I will miss Paul Mira,” he wrote in response to Sorvino’s tweet.
“My heart goes out to you. Your father always treated me like a younger brother.
“I will never forget Paul Sorvino.”
Actor Chazz Palminteri, who starred in A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, said he was “heartbroken” by the news.
“I lost my good friend Paul Sorvino, a true Renaissance man,” he said.
“Actor, writer, director, opera singer, sculptor… He was one of a kind… Rest in peace my friend, the world will miss you.”
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin wrote: “I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the great Paul Sorvino.
“And now I am very sad to read about his passing. He was not only kind, he was so talented and generous as an actor.
“I am sending my love to Mira and the rest of the family. He will definitely be missed. RIP.”
Actor Brent Spiner also sent his condolences to Mira and her family following the news, describing Sorvino as “very talented” and “funny”.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 13, 1939, Sorvino started out as a copywriter at an advertising agency, but attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and decided to pursue a career in theater.
Sorvino made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Bajour and six years later appeared in his first film, Where’s Daddy? by Carl Reiner.
In 1971, Sorvino played a supporting role in the dramatic film The Panic In Needle Park, starring Al Pacino.
He also received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Jason Miller’s 1972 Broadway play That Championship Season, later reprising the role in the film version.
Sorvino also had a prominent supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film A Touch Of Class.
However, he was best known for playing Paul Cicero, also known as Big Pauly, in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas.
He has also appeared in a number of films including Nixon, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, For The Love Of Money, Reds, and Oh, God!
Sorvino married his wife, actress and TV host Dee Dee, in 2014 after a chance encounter on the Neil Cavuto show on the Fox News Channel Network.
The actor is survived by his wife, their three adult children Mira, Amanda, Michael and five grandchildren.
Sorvino’s death is the latest in a string of recent deaths of high-profile actors in the mobster movie genre.
Tony Sirico, James Caan and Liotta have all died in the last three months.