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Actor Paul Sorvino dies at age 83

Actor Paul Sorvino died Monday at age 83. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news with Sorvino’s publicist, Roger Neal, who said Sorvino died of natural causes.  Sorvino’s wife, DeeDee, announced the actor’s death on Instagram: “I am completely devastated. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone . I am heartbroken ❤❤❤

Sorvino was a singer and stage actor before he appeared in film and television, throughout a career that spanned 50 years.  In perhaps his most famous role, Sorvino portrayed gangster Paulie Cicero in the classic mob movie “Goodfellas.”  Other movie credits included “Dick Tracy,” “Reds” and “Nixon,” in which he played Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  On television, Sorvino was also known for portraying police sergeant Phil Cerreta on the series “Law & Order” in the 1990s.

Sorvino’s three children, Mira, Michael and Amanda, are also actors. Mira won the Academy Award for her role in Mighty Aphrodite. In a statement, she said “my heart is rent asunder” by her father’s death, writing on Twitter: “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.”

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