Paul Sorvino, the late artist and musician, has died at the age of 83. Goodfellas star’s wife, Dee Dee SorvinoAn emotional statement of support for the cause was made. Us Weekly.
“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage,” she said in a press release. The Law & Order alum died the morning of Monday, July 25, with Dee Dee “by his side,” the announcement noted.
Paul’s publicist Roger NealThe critically-acclaimed actor, who was a star in the film, died at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic. The Hollywood Reporter.
The Godfather of Harlem alum “passed from natural causes and had dealt with health issues over the past few years,” the release stated, noting that Paul “will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, in the Garden of Legends.”
Paul is survived by his children: Academy Award-winning daughter Mira Sorvino, Amanda Sorvino Michael SorvinoWho he shared his life with his ex-wife Lorraine DavisAs well as five grandchildren.
In addition to 1990’s GoodfellasHe starred in the film alongside Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci as mobster “Big” Paulie Cicero, the SAG Award nominee made a splash in multiple films during the decade, including The Rocketeer, Nixon, Money TalksMore. Paul was also well-known for his roles in the on Law & OrderIn the early 2000s, dramedy series were popular That’s Life Still Standing. He was a star on the show from 2019 to 2021. The Godfather of HarlemHe completed filming for several upcoming projects before his death.
The New York native was involved in multiple aspects of the entertainment industry throughout his decades-long career. Paul was nominated for a 1973 Tony Award for his work on Broadway’s The Championship SeasonHe reprised the role in the 1999 TV movie, which he also directed. According to the press release about his death, the legendary thespian was also an opera singer as well as a sculptor.
Although Paul’s health issues were not disclosed in the release, the multi-hyphenate created the Sorvino Asthma Foundation 1993 after his own battle with the condition.
Interview with Ability Magazine, he revealed that although he was “essentially asthma-free” at that point — after suffering from the debilitating condition for decades — he started the organization to help those who were struggling.
Recalling a moment in a Broadway show when he was 25, Paul explained that his life was saved by two costars who taught him “breathing exercises” to help work through his asthma — which he passed down to son Michael.
“Without meeting them, I think my asthma would probably have progressed to the point where I would have been continually on steroid medications. It would have changed my life entirely, if not ended it early,” he said at the time. “I probably would not have survived to the age I am now — and surely my son would not have survived. He’s extraordinarily allergic and I believe would have died at age 4. I know he would have, if I had not known how to help him.”