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Actor Paul Sorvino, performer of ‘One of Us’, dies aged 83

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July 25, 2022 will be marked as a black day for cinema. In addition to the deaths of director Bob Rafelson and actor David Warner, there is also the death of actor Paul Sorvino, best known for his role in the major film One of us (1990), by Martin Scorsese about a group of Brooklyn gangsters with an all-star cast: Ray Liotta, Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino, who played the role of Paulie Cicero. On the other side of the law, Sorvino played Phil Cerretta, a police sergeant in New York, on the show Law. It was just two of his appearances in a career spanning nearly half a century. Privately, the actor, who died this Monday at the age of 83, is the father of fellow actors Mira and Michael Sorvino. A Sorvino spokesperson confirmed the death minutes before Sorvino’s wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, tweeted: “I’m absolutely devastated. The love of my life and the most wonderful man that ever lived has passed. My heart is broken”.

Paul Sorvino was not only an actor, but also an opera singer, businessman, writer and sculptor. However, his entire career affects his interpretation of Paulie Cicero One of us, based on a real-life Italian-American gangster gang. Celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary in 2015, when some of the cast gathered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, Sorvino explained that this film “is part of American iconography, one of the top three or four films in history. And if you’re lucky enough to do something like that in your career, you’re very lucky.” A film that has left numerous famous moments, such as that of Sorvino himself cutting garlic with a razor blade in prison. The actor recalled however, of the day he left filming two days after it began: “I called my agent and told him, ‘Get me out of here, I can’t do this.’ But a day later, as he adjusted his tie in front of the mirror, he saw himself as Paul Cicero, he saw himself as the character.”And it scared me,” he said.

Born in Brooklyn on April 13, 1939, his mother was a homemaker and piano teacher of Italian descent. The father was a Neapolitan immigrant who worked in a robe factory. His first participation in a film from 1970, Where is Dad? He was previously a copywriter at an advertising agency and had made his Broadway debut in the musical thanks to his singing skills bayour, from 1964.

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