Paul Sorvino, star of Goodfellas, died Monday in Jacksonville, Florida. Natural causes claimed his life, Variety reports.
He was 83 years old.
Sorvino leaves behind his wife Dee Dee Benkie, and actors Michael and Mira Sorvino.
“My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed,” Mira Sorvino posted on Twitter shortly after the actor’s death. “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.”
Paul Sorvino’s wife shared her own thoughts on Instagram.
“I am completely devastated,” she posted. The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone. I am heartbroken ❤️❤️❤️ #iloveyousomuch #paulsorvino #sweetheart #husband #loveofmylife“
Paul Sorvino died less than two months after Ray Liotta, the focal character in Goodfellas. Reports said he passed away overnight in the Dominican Republic, where he was busy shooting his next project, Dangerous Waters. He was 67.
Paul Sorvino also appeared in Nixon and The Rocketeer, as well as TV’s Law & Order and a host of other projects. However, Sorvino was best known for playing the intimidating caporegime Paulie Cicero, head honcho of a group of Italian inmates in prison.
The actor also had a recurring role as Frank Costello in Epix’s crime-drama Godfather of Harlem. In January, Epix renewed the show for a third, 10-episode season, according to Deadline. Sorvino’s résumé included more than 100 additional credits.
One of Sorvino’s most memorable moments was when he sobbed almost uncontrollably at the Academy Awards ceremony where Mira Sorvino won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mighty Aphrodite.
When accepting the award, Mira Sorvino revealed that her father “taught me everything I know about acting.”