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Born: April 13, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bensonhurst, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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