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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 13, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bensonhurst, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, director, advertising executive

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A familiar face in film and on television and stage since the early 1970s, Paul Sorvino was a Tony-nominated character actor and occasional lead whose imposing presence belied the versatility of his talents. His Italian-American heritage and Brooklyn roots assured him regular employment as policemen and gangsters, both of which he essayed in projects ranging from "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990- ) to Martin Scorsese's flawless Mob epic, "Goodfellas" (1990). But Sorvino, who had trained for nearly two decades as an opera singer and ballroom dance instructor, could be counted on to tackle all manner of roles, from the philandering businessman in "That Championship Season" (1982) and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995) to a flamboyant evangelist in Carl Reiner's "Oh, God!" (1979). He was also a regular presence in numerous television series and TV-movies, though his most memorable small-screen appearance may have been at the 1995 Academy Awards ceremony, where he wept openly for his daughter, Mira Sorvino, after she won the Oscar for "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995). Though his feature efforts became less visible after the new millennium, his body of work in all mediums cemented his status as a...

A familiar face in film and on television and stage since the early 1970s, Paul Sorvino was a Tony-nominated character actor and occasional lead whose imposing presence belied the versatility of his talents. His Italian-American heritage and Brooklyn roots assured him regular employment as policemen and gangsters, both of which he essayed in projects ranging from "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990- ) to Martin Scorsese's flawless Mob epic, "Goodfellas" (1990). But Sorvino, who had trained for nearly two decades as an opera singer and ballroom dance instructor, could be counted on to tackle all manner of roles, from the philandering businessman in "That Championship Season" (1982) and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995) to a flamboyant evangelist in Carl Reiner's "Oh, God!" (1979). He was also a regular presence in numerous television series and TV-movies, though his most memorable small-screen appearance may have been at the 1995 Academy Awards ceremony, where he wept openly for his daughter, Mira Sorvino, after she won the Oscar for "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995). Though his feature efforts became less visible after the new millennium, his body of work in all mediums cemented his status as a character actor of considerable renown.

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 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
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 Immigrant (2013)
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 Dead Broke (2006)
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 Mr. 3000 (2004) Gus Panas
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 Mafia Doctor (2003) Don Nicola Dellarusso
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At age 16, trained to be a dance instructor; fired for being underage
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Sang at charity balls and on the Catskills circuit as "The Romantic Voice of Val Sorvino" at age 23
1964:
Broadway debut in the chorus of the musical "Bajour"
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Dropped out of show business to work in advertising; became vice president and creative director of ad agency
1970:
Resumed acting career; made film debut in "Where's Poppa?"
1971:
Had featured role in "The Panic in Needle Park"; first feature with Al Pacino
1972:
Breakthrough stage role as Phil in the Pulitzer-winnning "That Championship Season," written by Jason Miller; earned Tony nomination
1972:
Originated character of Bert D'Angelo on an episode of ABC's "The Streets of San Francisco"
1973:
Acted in supporting role in the comedy "A Touch of Class"
1974:
TV debut as Earl of Gloucester in Great Performances/Joseph Papp presentation of "King Lear" (PBS)
1974:
TV series debut as star of the CBS sitcom "We'll Get By"
1976:
Returned to series TV as an unorthodox L.A. police detective on "Bert D'Angelo, Superstar" (ABC)
1977:
Replaced Topol in the role of the baker in the stage musical "The Baker's Wife"; toured with show in Boston and Washington, DC; was scheduled to open on Broadway but closed out of town
1978:
Had rare feature lead as a journalist who falls in love with a ballerina in "Slow Dancing in the Big City"
1979:
Portrayed a hearing-impaired attorney appointed to defend an illiterate black youth accused of murder in the fact-based "Dummy" (CBS)
1981:
Portrayed Louis Fraina in Warren Beatty's epic "Reds"
1982:
Reprised stage role in Jason Miller's film version of "That Championship Season"
1985:
Had featured role in "Surviving," an ABC drama about teen suicide; first screen teaming with Ellen Burstyn
1987:
Portrayed title character in "The Oldest Rookie," a CBS series about a police chief who becomes a rookie cop at age 50
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Appeared in "Die Fledermaus" with the Seattle Opera Company
1990:
Cast as Lips Manlis in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"
1990:
Landed one of his best screen roles as mob boss Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas"
1991:
Spent one season playing Detective Phil Cerreta on the popular NBC series "Law & Order"
1995:
Appeared as Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"
1996:
Cast as Capulet in Baz Luhrmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"
1996:
Played role of the father of a Juliet-like Italian girl in the comedy "Love Is All There Is"
1997:
Portrayed New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in the Showtime biopic "Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way"
1997:
Executive produced and starred in unsold pilot for an ABC series loosely inspired by his life
1998:
Reteamed with Beatty for "Bulworth," playing a platinum-haired lobbyist
1999:
TV directing debut with Showtime remake of "That Championship Season"; also starred in role of the Coach
2000:
Played the principal who must fire a teacher who provides his students with the answers to a local competition in "Cheaters" (HBO)
2000:
Co-starred as Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo in the fact-based "The Thin Blue Lie" (Showtime)
2000:
Returned to series TV as Ellen Burstyn's husband in "That's Life"
2000:
Had featured role in the Nicolas Cage vehicle "Family Man"
2001:
Acted in the improvisational parody "Perfume"
2003:
Appeared in "The Cooler" opposite Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, and Maria Bello
2004:
Cast opposite Bernie Mac in the comedy "Mr. 3000"
2004:
Joined the cast of CBS sitcom "Still Standing" in a recurring role
2008:
Starred in the campy horror musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera"
2009:
Cast as Santa Claus in the ABC Family movie "Santa Baby 2"
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Education

Lafayette High School: Brooklyn , New York - 1956
American Musical and Dramatic Academy: New York , New York - 1962

Notes

He was the artistic director of the American Stage Company, Teaneck, New Jersey from 1986-1990.

In 1993, Sorvino was crowned "King of Brooklyn"

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wife:
Lorraine Sorvino. Divorced in 1988.
wife:
Vanessa Arico. Second wife; engaged in 1990; married on March 21, 1991; filed for divorce in April 1996.

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father:
Ford Sorvino. Factory foreman.
mother:
Marietta Sorvino. Piano teacher.
brother:
Bill Sorvino.
daughter:
Mira Sorvino. Actor. Born in 1964; mother, Lorraine Sorvino.
son:
Michael Sorvino. Actor. Mother, Lorraine Sorvino.
daughter:
Amanda Sorvino. Screenwriter. Born c. 1971; mother, Lorraine Sorvino.
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Bibliography close complete biography

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