Actor Paul Sorvino sadly passed away at age 83.
On Monday, July 25, his wife, Dee Dee, announced his passing on Instagram. She shared a selfie of the two together, writing, “I am completely devastated. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone . I am heartbroken ❤️❤️❤️ #iloveyousomuch #paulsorvino #sweetheart #husband #loveofmylife.”
I am completely devastated
The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone . I am heartbroken ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/0wBSG3uTgD
— Dee Dee Sorvino (@deedeegop) July 25, 2022
She also shared the caption on Twitter, along with a few more memories of her favorite moments with him.
Paul married Dee Dee Benkie, his third wife, in 2014. She was a former aide to President George W. Bush. The couple met on Fox News Channel’s “Your World With Neil Cavuto.” Paul will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He leaves behind his wife, his three children, Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, Amanda Sorvino, Michael Sorvino, and five grandchildren.
Paul Sorvino Will Forever Be Known For His Role In ‘Goodfellas’
Paul Sorvino spent about five decades in the entertainment industry and had even played the bookie for James Caan’s character in 1974’s “The Gambler.” Sadly, James Caan also passed away earlier this month.
That being said, he will probably be best known for his role in the 1990 film “Goodfellas.” In 2015, he spoke to the New York Times about the 25th anniversary of the film.
“I’d done a lot of comedies as well as dramas, but I’d never done a really tough guy. I never had it in me,” he said of the role. “And this [part] called for a lethality, which I felt was way beyond me. I called my manager three days before we started shooting and said, ‘Get me out. I’m going to ruin this great man’s picture, and I’m going to ruin myself.’ He, being wise, said, ‘Call me tomorrow, and if necessary I will get you out.’”
“Then I was going by the hall mirror to adjust my tie. I was just inconsolable. And I looked in the mirror and literally jumped back a foot,” Paul recalled. “I saw a look I’d never seen, something in my eyes that alarmed me. A deadly soulless look in my eyes that scared me and was overwhelmingly threatening. And I looked to the heavens and said, ‘You’ve found it.’”
“Goodfellas” star Ray Liotta also sadly passed away earlier this year, in May. He reportedly passed away in his sleep while he shooting the film “Dangerous Waters” in the Dominican Republic.
Many fans and famous friends have taken to social media to mourn his passing.
Fans & Famous Friends Remember Late Actor & Broadway Star
The amazing Paul Sorvino has passed. From Baker’s Wife on Bway to Shakespeare in the Park to all the incredible film/tv roles – he was magnificent in all. Blessings to his friends and family.#rippaulsorvino
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 25, 2022
“Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza on the popular sitcom, was among the first to pay tribute on social media. He tweeted, “The amazing Paul Sorvino has passed. From Baker’s Wife on Bway to Shakespeare in the Park to all the incredible film/tv roles – he was magnificent in all. Blessings to his friends and family.#rippaulsorvino.”
For all his characters and success, it was Paul Sorvino’s reaction the night his daughter @MiraSorvino won the Oscar that said virtually everything about fatherhood and family and love. Timeless. 🙏🏼 @TheAcademy #RIP pic.twitter.com/asO7v0sVBO
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) July 25, 2022
CNBC journalist Carl Quintanilla shared a GIF of Paul’s reaction the night his daughter, actress Mira Sorvino, won the Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite.”
Very sad news.
I never saw Goodfellas but i was familiar with Paul Sorvino from his amazing role as the villain Rotti Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera.
He was brilliant in that and his vocals were incredible for the many songs he contributed in.
RIP 🙏🏿 https://t.co/6Efpyoc4iC
— Juno Maxwell (@Goddess_Maxwell) July 25, 2022
Another fan remembered Paul Sorvino from a lesser-known role in “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” where he played the father of Paris Hilton’s character. “I never saw Goodfellas but I was familiar with Paul Sorvino from his amazing role as the villain Rotti Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera,” one fan tweeted. “He was brilliant in that and his vocals were incredible for the many songs he contributed in.”
From his film roles to his stage presence, it’s clear that Paul Sorvino and his impact on the entertainment industry will never be forgotten.