Basic Information About Paul Sorvino
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Professions||Actor, Television Director, Film director, Copywriter, Sheriff, Sculptor, Entrepreneur, Activist, Painter, Chef|
|Date of birth||1939-04-13|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn|
|Date of death||2022-07-25 (aged 83)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||Deep baritone voice|
Reserved yet charming manner
Often plays gangsters
Frequently cast by Warren Beatty
|Spouse||Dee Dee Sorvino - (27 December 2014 - present)|
20 March - Vanessa Arico ( 1991 - 1996) (divorced)
Lorraine Davis - (23 July 1966 - 1988) (divorced) (3 children)
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Paul Sorvino win?
Paul Sorvino roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|Romeo + Juliet||Fulgencio Capulet|
|Dick Tracy||Lips Manlis|
|Oh, God!||Reverend Willie Williams|
|The Firm||Tommie Morolto (uncredited)|
|The Rocketeer||Eddie Valentine|
|The Family Man||Sydney Potter (scenes deleted)|
|Repo! The Genetic Opera||Rotti Largo|
|Rules Don't Apply||Vernon Scott|
|Kill the Irishman||Tony Salerno|
|The Birthday Cake||Uncle Carmine|
|The Stuff||Col. Spears|
|The Cooler||Buddy Stafford|
|Careful What You Wish For||Sheriff Big Jack|
|The Panic in Needle Park||Samuels|
|Money Talks||Guy Cipriani|
|The Goldbergs||Ben 'Pop Pop' Goldberg 1 episode, 2014|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko 1 episode, 1994|
|Law & Order||Sergeant Phil Cerreta / ... 31 episodes, 1991-1992|
|Godfather of Harlem||Frank Costello 11 episodes, 2019-2021|
|Murder, She Wrote||Al Sidell 1 episode, 1989|
|Still Standing||Al Miller 4 episodes, 2004-2006|
|The Talk||Self / ... 2 episodes, 2011-2017|
|That's Life||Frank DeLucca 36 episodes, 2000-2002|
|The Making of the Mob||Self - Actor, Goodfellas 1 episode, 2016|
|Moonlighting||David Addison Sr. 1 episode, 1986|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Sergeant Bert D'Angelo 1 episode, 1976|
|The Daily Show||Self - Guest 1 episode, 2002|
|Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||1 episode, 1997|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Self - Guest 1 episode, 1997|
|The Maury Povich Show||Self 1 episode, 1996|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Self - Guest 5 episodes, 1993-1995|
Paul Sorvino's Quotes
- When asked what he thought of Goodfellas (1990) when it first came out in 1990, he said: "I thought it was boring, excessively violent and not a good movie. I thought I was boring, I thought that I had hurt my career, I thought that this movie should not have been made and it's not a good movie". He then said three hours later after thinking more about it, "Do you know, I'm kind of coming through a clearing here and I'm thinking that's not a boring movie, that's a good movie, that's a great movie maybe, and I'm really good in it!"
- On why he left Law & Order (1990): "One of the frustrating things about that role one of the reasons George Dzundza left, I assume, and certainly why I left -is that there wasn't enough range...It wasn't a large enough vehicle for me to express what it was I want to express as an artist."
- [on Scorsese not winning Best Director Oscar] It's an outrage, in my mind. What does the man have to do?
Paul Sorvino: The Life and Career of a Talented Actor
Paul Sorvino was a multi-talented American actor, singer, businessman, writer, and opera singer known for his distinctive voice. He was born on April 13, 1939, in New York City. He had a net worth of $10 million before he passed away at the age of 83 on July 25th, 2022.
Early Life and Education
Paul Sorvino was born to Angela and Ford Sorvino, who had Italian and Russian Jewish ancestry. He attended Lafayette High School and then enrolled in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. As a child, he developed an interest in theatre and started taking voice lessons to become an opera singer. It was clear that Sorvino’s interests were geared towards the entertainment industry from a very young age.
Before venturing into acting, Sorvino worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency. His interest in theatre began to emerge when he attended lessons at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He started auditioning for plays and musicals and landed his first role in the Broadway musical ‘Bajour’ in 1964.
Sorvino played diverse roles in various TV shows and movies such as “The Panic in Needle Park” (1971),”Goodfellas” (199), “Nixon” (1995), and “The Rocketeer” (1991). His work is varied, but he’s always brought his unique delivery to the script. Alongside his numerous screen appearances, Sorvino also continued his popular stage work.
Paul Sorvino’s personal life was filled with genuine love for both the arts and his family. He had four children – Amanda, Michael, Paul Jr., and Mira – with his first wife, Lorraine Ruocco. He later married his second wife Dee Dee (Denk) Benkie and the couple had a daughter, Amanda.
Until Sorvino passed away, he remained a skilled tenor, writing operas and performing with the American Theater Company and Lincoln Center among others. Furthermore, he was an excellent cook and appeared as a guest chef on talk shows like ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ where he famously made his Roman-style tomato sauce.
What was Paul Sorvino Known For?
Paul Sorvino is widely known for his acting work on television series like ‘Law & Order’ where he played Sergeant Phil Cerreta and films like ‘Goodfellas.’ He was also a skilled opera singer and directed an opera alongside his wife Dee Dee in 2007.
What is Paul Sorvino’s Net Worth?
It is estimated that Paul Sorvino had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his death on July 25th, 2022. This was amassed during his multi-decade-long career as an actor, singer, and writer.
Over the years, Paul Sorvino received several awards and honors for his work. He earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for his role in ‘Redemption’ and won Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for ‘That Championship Season.’ His performance in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’ was also recognized, earning him the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle awards.
Paul Sorvino brought a unique showmanship to every role he played. From his notable roles in popular TV and movie works to a love for music and cooking, Sorvino had an excellent career and personal life in the entertainment industry.
Interesting Facts about Paul Sorvino
- Father of actress Mira Sorvino, Amanda Sorvino and Michael Sorvino.
- Has severe asthma. Started the Sorvino Asthma Foundation
- Is an enthusiastic opera singer, painter, sculptor and cook.
- Italian-American, with ancestry from Vomero, Naples, Campania, and Casacalenda, Province of Campobasso, Molise.
- His budding career was threatened when asthma compromised his ability to talk and sing. But the breathing exercises he learned thirty years ago have allowed him to breathe normally ever since.
- Was named as "King of Brooklyn" at the "Welcome Back to Brooklyn" festival in 1993.
- Speaks fluent Italian.
- In July 2004, he was awarded the "Premio per gli Italiani nel Mondo" at a ceremony in Rome. The prize is distributed by the Marzio Tremaglia Foundation and the Italian government to Italian emigrants and their descendants who have distinguished themselves abroad. At the ceremony, he performed the Neapolitan song "Torna a Surriento" with tenor Andrea Bocelli.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for Jason Miller's "That Championship Season."
- Shares birthday with Ron Perlman.
- Ranked #10 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
- Founded the Dogfellas Dog Adoption organization in February of 2002 with his family. It is based in Manhattan and Pennsylvania.
- Has appeared in movies with former Law & Order (1990) castmates on two occasions: with Steven Hill in The Firm (1993) and with Chris Noth in Mr 3000 (2004).
- Is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
- Father-in-law of Christopher Backus.
- In 1993, he founded the Paul Sorvino Asthma Foundation, with the goal of building asthma centers for children and adults across the United States.
- Uncle of Bill Sorvino.
- Founder of Paul Sorvino Foods an International Food Company.
- Recovering with only minor bruises, after being hit by a car in Manhattan on October 7, 2011, while hailing a cab.
- Currently resides in Gilbert, Pennsylvania. [March 2006]