LEGENDARY Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino has died at the age of 83. Sorvino’s wife Dee Dee announced his death on Monday, declaring him “one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage.”
“I am completely devastated. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone. I am heartbroken ,” she wrote on Twitter. A rep for Dee Dee told TMZ she was “by his side” when he died of natural causes on Monday morning.
“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 told the outlet. His daughter Mira shared: “My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed. My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over.
“He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend.” Sorvino’s career ascended after starring as the garlic-slicing mobster Paulie Cicero in the 1990’s masterpiece Goodfellas.
The film narrates the rise and fall of Henry Hill’s criminal life and Mafia presence in his working-class Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn. He joins the Gambino crime family and helps pull off the famous Lufthansa heist at John F Kennedy International Airport in 1978.
The gang made off with more than $5million in cash and jewels stored in the German airline’s air cargo building. It’s widely considered one of the greatest films of all time and received six Academy Award nominations and one win after its release.
The masterpiece featured the likes of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Ray Liotta. Sorvino is the second Goodfellas actor to have died in the past two months after Liotta suddenly passed away in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting a film on May 26.
Sorvino also starred as NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the TV series Law & Order. The Brooklyn-born actor appeared in nearly 50 movies during his stellar career in Hollywood. One of Sorvino’s last roles was the TV show Godfather of Harlem, where he played Frank Costello.
“Paul Sorvino. No one can ever cut garlic like you Paulie. RIP,” wrote a second fan. “James Caan, Ray Liotta, Tony Sirico, & now Paul Sorvino? Losing all these wonderful actors who played iconic gangsters is too much all at once.
“Rest well Paul Sorvino. He also taught the world how to slice garlic with a razor blade like a true Boss,” shared another fanatic. He is survived by his wife Dee Dee and his three children from his first marriage, Mira, Michael and Amanda.
His daughter Mira, an Oscar-winning actress in her own right, was among the women allegedly sexually harassed and blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein in the midst of the #MeToo reckoning. He told TMZ at the time that if he had known, Weinstein “would not be walking. He’d be in a wheelchair.”