Mira Sorvino, Diane Warren, Ralph Macchio Pay Tribute to Paul Sorvino: “A Life of Love and Joy and Wisdom”

Hollywood stars were heartbroken over the news of Paul Sorvino’s death on Monday and took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor.

Sorvino, the father of Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, died Monday of natural causes at the age of 83, his wife, Dee Dee, announced. Publicist Roger Neal said he died at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage,” Dee Dee said.

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Throughout his career Sorvino starred in a myriad of projects including The Gambler (1974), Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet (1996), Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995) and in The Cooler (2003). Other notable roles include The Panic in Needle Park (1971), William Friedkin’s The Brink’s Job (1978), The Rocketeer (1991) and The Firm (1993).

Sorvino received a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in the original Broadway production of Jason Miller’s That Championship Season in 1973. He later starred in and helmed his only feature, The Trouble With Cali (2012). Sorvino joined NBC’s Law & Order for a season and starred as Det. Phil Cerretta.

Sorvino’s most recognized role is his portrayal of Paul Cicero in GoodFellas (1990).

In a tribute shared on social media, Mira Sorvino wrote, “My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed. 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.”

Sorvino’s death follows the recent passings of his Goodfellas co-star Ray Liotta and Godfather star James Caan. In her tribute, Dianne Warren remembered the legendary actors: “Ray Liotta, James Caan and now Paul Sorvino, we can be pretty sure there’s a badass Goodfellas/Godfather mashup movie being made in Heaven right now!”

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Some of Sorvino’s co-stars paid tribute to the actor. Ralph Macchio remembered his Lost Cat Corona co-star as “one of the truest and honest actors I had had the pleasure of working with and getting to know.” Forest Whitaker also shared a tribute to his Godfather of Harlem co-star writing, “It was very special to get to sit quietly with the great Paul Sorvino, talking through the games of life. I’m sending much comfort and love to his family, and wish them all eternal blessings, love, and light.” Meanwhile, Marlee Matlin, who starred alongside Sorvino in the 2013 film 4Closed, wrote, “I feel so fortunate that I had a chance to work with the great Paul Sorvino. And now I am so sad to read of his passing. Not only was he kind, he was so talented and so giving as an actor. I am sending my love to Mira and the rest of the family. He will definitely be missed. RIP.”

Others who took to social media to remember the legendary actor include Jason Alexander, who wrote, “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.” Rosanna Arquette wrote, “I’m so very sorry for Mira and her family’s loss of their kind and lovely papa Paul Sorvino. May he Rest In Peace.”

Below are more tributes.

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