Paul Sorvino (1939–2022)

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Tall, dark and imposing American actor Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother, Angela (Renzi), was a piano teacher, of Italian descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian immigrant who worked in a robe factory as a foreman. Paul originally had his heart set on a... See full bio »

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Known For

Goodfellas Paul Cicero
The Rocketeer Eddie Valentine
Nixon Henry Kissinger


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  The Chameleon (TV Movie) (announced)
  My Jurassic Place (filming)
Mr. McCormack
  Pursued (completed)
  The Ride (completed)
Paulie Amato
 2022 The Great American Heist (Documentary)
Cheech (voice)
 2019-2021 Godfather of Harlem (TV Series)
Frank Costello
- The Bonanno Split (2021) ... Frank Costello
- Ten Harlems (2021) ... Frank Costello
- Sting Like a Bee (2021) ... Frank Costello
- The French Connection (2021) ... Frank Costello
- Chickens Come Home to Roost (2019) ... Frank Costello
 2021 The Birthday Cake
Uncle Carmine
 2020 Most Guys Are Losers
 2019 Bad Impulse
Lou Branch
 2019 Welcome to Acapulco
Senator Campbell
 2019 Beneath the Leaves
Captain Parker
 2018 Acts of Desperation
Chief Lassiter
 2018/I Papa
 2017 Bad Blood (TV Series)
Nicolo Rizzuto Sr.
- You Can Never Hold Back Spring (2017) ... Nicolo Rizzuto Sr. (credit only)
- When You Got Nothin'... (2017) ... Nicolo Rizzuto Sr. (credit only)
- Home is Where the Gun is (2017) ... Nicolo Rizzuto Sr.
- Feast or Famine (2017) ... Nicolo Rizzuto Sr.
- Pacifier (2017) ... Nicolo Rizzuto Sr.
 2017 Executor
Father Antonio
 2017 Price for Freedom
Shah of Iran
 2017 Undercover Grandpa
 2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (TV Series)
Dr. Dominico Scarpa
- II Mostro (2017) ... Dr. Dominico Scarpa
 2017 Lost Cat Corona
Uncle Sam
 2016 Rules Don't Apply
Vernon Scott
 2016 The Red Maple Leaf
Joseph Palermo
 2016 The Brooklyn Banker
 2016 The Bronx Bull
Giuseppe LaMotta
 2016/II Detours
Joe DiMaria
 2016 Grandfathered (TV Series)
Jack Martino
- Jimmy's 50th, Again (2016) ... Jack Martino
 2016 Chasing Gold
 2016 The Bandit Hound
Chief Burton
 2016 Kidnapped in Romania
Alexandru Damian / Don Ciro
 2015 Cold Deck
 2015 Sicilian Vampire
Jimmy Scambino
 2015 The Greg Gutfeld Show (TV Series)
- June 7, 2015 (2015) ... Paulie
 2015 No Deposit
 2015 Careful What You Wish For
Sheriff Big Jack
 2015 The Hybrids Family
The Count
 2014 A Place for Heroes
 2014 Iggy Azalea Feat. Rita Ora: Black Widow (Music Video)
Crime Boss
 2014 The Goldbergs (TV Series)
Ben 'Pop Pop' Goldberg
- The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet (2014) ... Ben 'Pop Pop' Goldberg
 2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (TV Mini Series documentary)
Augustin Mouchot
- The World Set Free (2014) ... Augustin Mouchot (voice)
 2014 A Winter Rose
 2014 Elementary (TV Series)
Robert Pardillo
- All in the Family (2014) ... Robert Pardillo
 2013 Paulie (TV Movie)
 2013 Immigrant
Yeshiva Principal
 2013 Foreclosed (Video)
 2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens
Joe Scoleri
 2013 How Sweet It Is
Big Mike Cicero
 2012 Airship Dracula (TV Mini Series)
 2012 Divorce Invitation
Daniel Miller
 2012 Jersey Shore Shark Attack (TV Movie)
Mayor Palantine
 2012 Imaginary Friend (TV Movie)
 2012 The Trouble with Cali
 2011 Kill the Irishman
Tony Salerno
 2010 Mineville
Jacob Laremy
 2010 Lily of the Feast (Short)
 2009 Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 2009 The Wild Stallion
 2009 Triggerman (TV Movie)
Sheriff Roy Baseheart
 2009 Doc West (TV Movie)
Sheriff Roy Basehart
 2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera
Rotti Largo
 2008 Wives' Tales (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Tarcisio
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Tarcisio
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Tarcisio
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Tarcisio
 2008 Last Hour
Maitre Steinfeld
 2007 Greetings from the Shore
Catch Turner
 2006 L'onore e il rispetto (TV Mini Series)
 2004-2006 Still Standing (TV Series)
Al Miller
- Still Deceitful (2006) ... Al Miller
- Still Bill Vol.1 (2005) ... Al Miller
- Still Not the One (2005) ... Al Miller
- Still Bill's Dad (2004) ... Al Miller
 2005 Mr. Fix It
 2004 Goodnight, Joseph Parker
 2004 Jack & Bobby (TV Series)
President Eugene Lorio
- The Kindness of Strangers (2004) ... President Eugene Lorio
 2004 Mr. 3000
Gus Panas
 2003 Mambo Italiano
Gino Barberini
 2003 Mafia Doctor (TV Movie)
 2003 The Cooler
Buddy Stafford
 2000-2002 That's Life (TV Series)
Frank DeLucca
- Love's Labor (2002) ... Frank DeLucca
- Gutterball (2002) ... Frank DeLucca
- Behind Closed Doors (2002) ... Frank DeLucca
- Baum's Thesis (2002) ... Frank DeLucca
- Momento (2002) ... Frank DeLucca
 2002 Hey Arnold! The Movie
Scheck (voice)
 2002 Ciao America
Antonio Primavera
 2001 Witches to the North
 2001 Longshot
Laszlo Pryce
 2001/I Plan B
Joe Maloni
 2001 See Spot Run
Sonny Talia
 2001 Perfume
Lorenzo Mancini
 2000 The Family Man
Sydney Potter (scenes deleted)
 2000 The Amati Girls
 2000 The Thin Blue Lie (TV Movie)
Frank Rizzo
 2000 Cheaters (TV Movie)
Constantine Kiamos
 1999 Scriptfellas
 1999 Work with Me (TV Series)
- Daddy's Little Lawyer ... Leonard
 1999 Harlem Aria
Fabiano Grazzi
 1999 That Championship Season (TV Movie)
 1998 Houdini (TV Movie)
 1998 Dead Broke
 1998 Knock Off
Harry Johanson
 1998 Bulworth
Graham Crockett
 1997 Blue Heat: The Case of the Cover Girl Murders (Video Game)
J.J. Davis
 1997 Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way (TV Movie)
Joe Torre
 1997 Most Wanted
Ken Rackmill
 1997/I Men with Guns
Horace Burke
 1997 Money Talks
Guy Cipriani
 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Variecom CEO
- How to Suck in Business Without Really Trying (1997) ... Variecom CEO (voice)
 1997 American Perfekt
 1997 Dog Watch (Video)
 1996 The Art of the Cigar (TV Movie)
 1996 Romeo + Juliet
Fulgencio Capulet
 1996 Escape Clause (TV Movie)
Lt. Gil Farrand
 1996 Love Is All There Is
 1995 Nixon
Henry Kissinger
 1995 Cover Me
J.J. Davis
 1994 Without Consent (TV Movie)
Dr. Winslow
 1994 Parallel Lives (TV Movie)
Ed Starling
 1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko
- Homeward (1994) ... Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko
 1994 Backstreet Justice
Captain Phil Giarusso
 1993 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives (TV Movie)
Anthony Caruso
 1993 The Firm
Tommie Morolto (uncredited)
 1991-1992 Law & Order (TV Series)
Sergeant Phil Cerreta / Phil Cerreta
- Point of View (1992) ... Phil Cerreta
- Prince of Darkness (1992) ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta
- Self Defense (1992) ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta
- Helpless (1992) ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta
- Wedded Bliss (1992) ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta
 1992 The Last Mile (TV Short)
The Tenor
 1991 The Rocketeer
Eddie Valentine
 1991 Don't Touch My Daughter (TV Movie)
Lt. Willman
 1990 DMZ
 1990 Goodfellas
Paul Cicero
 1990 Dick Tracy
Lips Manlis
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Al Sidell
- Three Strikes, You're Out (1989) ... Al Sidell
 1987-1988 The Oldest Rookie (TV Series)
Det. Ike Porter
- Yessir, That's My Baby (1988) ... Det. Ike Porter
- Come Fly with Me (1987) ... Det. Ike Porter
- An Internal Affairs Affair (1987) ... Det. Ike Porter
- Ike and Son (1987) ... Det. Ike Porter
- Expert Witness (1987) ... Det. Ike Porter
 1987 Almost Partners (TV Movie)
Detective Jack Welder
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
David Addison Sr.
- The Son Also Rises (1986) ... David Addison Sr.
 1986 A Fine Mess
Tony Pazzo
 1986 Betrayed by Innocence (TV Movie)
Mike Vogel
 1985 Chiller (TV Movie)
Reverend Penny
 1985 The Stuff
Col. Spears
 1985 Turk 182
Paul Sorvino
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)
 1984 Very Close Quarters
 1984 With Intent to Kill (TV Movie)
Doyle Reinecker
 1984 My Mother's Secret Life (TV Movie)
 1983 Chiefs (TV Mini Series)
Sheriff Skeeter Willis
- Part 3 (1983) ... Sheriff Skeeter Willis
- Part 2 (1983) ... Sheriff Skeeter Willis
- Part 1 (1983) ... Sheriff Skeeter Willis
 1983 Off the Wall
Warden Nicholas F. Castle
 1982 That Championship Season
Phil Romano
 1982 A Question of Honor (TV Movie)
Carlo Danzie
 1982 I, the Jury
Detective Pat Chambers
 1982 Melanie
 1981 Reds
Louis Fraina
 1981 Today's F.B.I. (TV Series)
Pete Kositchek
- The Bureau (1981) ... Pete Kositchek
 1980 Cruising
Capt. Edelson
 1979 Insight (TV Series)
Billie's Father
- A Friend in Deed (1979) ... Billie's Father
 1979 Lost and Found
 1979 Dummy (TV Movie)
Lowell Myers
 1978 The Brink's Job
Jazz Maffie
 1978 Slow Dancing in the Big City
Lou Friedlander
 1978 Bloodbrothers
Chubby De Coco
 1977 Oh, God!
Reverend Willie Williams
 1977 Seventh Avenue (TV Mini Series)
Dave Shaw
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Dave Shaw
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Dave Shaw
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Dave Shaw
 1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (TV Series)
Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
- Serpent's Tooth (1976) ... Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
- Scag (1976) ... Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
- What Kind of Cop Are You? (1976) ... Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
- Flannagan's Fleet (1976) ... Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
- A Concerned Citizen (1976) ... Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
 1976 Angel and Big Joe (Short)
Big Joe
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
- Superstar (1976) ... Sergeant Bert D'Angelo
 1976 I Will... I Will... For Now
Lou Springer
 1974-1975 We'll Get By (TV Series)
George Platt
- Cabin in the Rain (1975) ... George Platt
- Grandpa Wants In (1975) ... George Platt
- Dearly Beloved (1975) ... George Platt
- Getting Away from It All (1975) ... George Platt
- Did You Ever Need a Drink? (1975) ... George Platt
 1974 It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy (TV Movie)
Harry Walters
 1974 The Gambler
 1974 Tell Me Where It Hurts (TV Movie)
 1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
- King Lear (1974) ... Gloucester
 1973 The Day of the Dolphin
Curtis Mahoney
 1973 A Touch of Class
Walter Menkes
 1971 Made for Each Other
Gig's Father
 1971 Cry Uncle
Coughing Cop
 1971 The Panic in Needle Park
 1970 Where's Poppa?
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Stage Play: Skyscraper. Musical comedy. Book by Peter Stone. Music by Jimmy Van Heusen. Lyrics by Sammy Cahn. Based on "Dream Girl" by Elmer Rice. Musical Director: John Lesko. Music orchestrated by Fred Werner. Dance arrangements by Marvin Laird. Choreographed by Michael Kidd. Directed by Cy Feuer. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: 13 Nov 1965- 11 ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

When asked what he thought of Goodfellas (1990) when it first came out in 1990, he said: "I thought it was boring, excessively violent and not a good movie. I thought I was boring, I thought that I had hurt my career, I thought that this movie should not have been made and it's not a good movie". He then said three hours later after thinking more about it, "Do you know, I'm kind of coming through... See more »


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