Paul Sorvino

Biography

Date of Birth 13 April 1939, Brooklyn, New York, USA Height 6' 3" (1.91 m) Paul Anthony Sorvino is an American character actor. He is the father of fellow performer Mira Sorvino. Sorvino was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Italian American parents Marietta, a homemaker and piano teacher, and Ford Sorvino, a robe factory foreman.[1] He attended Lafayette High School and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[2] He began his career as a copywriter in an advertising agency, where he worked with John Margeotes, founder of Margeotes, Fertitta, and Weiss. He took 18 years of voice lessons. While attending The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, he decided to go into the theatre. He made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical Bajour, and six years later he appeared in his first film, Where's Poppa? He received an avalanche of critical praise for his performance as Phil Romano in Jason Miller's 1972 Broadway play That Championship Season, a role he repeated in the 1982 TCS film version. In a 1974 ABC Movie of the Week, he played Harry Walter, a stout, real estate salesman, who is randomly picked up by a beautiful woman (JoAnna Cameron) and raped at gunpoint as a prank, and left to explain to his friend (Adam Arkin) and wife (Michael Learned) how "It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy", a movie considered risqué, even for the '70's. He also appeared in the 1976 Elliott Gould/Diane Keaton vehicle I Will, I Will...For Now. He has starred in the weekly series We'll Get By (1975, as George Platt), Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (1976, in the title role) and "The Oldest Rookie" (1987, as Detective Ike Porter). He appeared in Larry Cohen's 1985 science fiction horror film The Stuff as a reclusive militia leader, alongside his future Law & Order co-star Michael Moriarty. He helped found the American Stage Company, a group that launched several successful Off-Broadway shows, while living in Tenafly, New Jersey in 1986.[3] In 1991, he took over from George Dzundza on the popular series Law & Order, and in 1993 he subbed for the late Raymond Burr in a Perry Mason TV movie. He has also appeared as Bruce Willis' father in the weekly series Moonlighting, and the "Lamont" counterpart in the never-aired original pilot for Sanford and Son. Some of his most notable film roles were Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990) and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). He founded the Paul Sorvino Asthma Foundation, with the goal of building asthma centers for children and adults across the United States. In 1999, friend Jason Miller wrote the screenplay as he directed and again starred in (albeit playing a different role) a lower-budget TV version of That Championship Season. From 2000 to 2002, he had a starring role as Frank DeLucca in the CBS television drama That's Life. He is filming The Trouble with Cali in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. He is directing and starring in the film which is partially funded by Lackawanna County, where the city of Scranton is the county seat. His daughter, Mira, also stars in the film. He co-ventured with Peter Margo, the founder of Palmer Video, to form CareFromAll.org to raise funds for his charity. Sorvino lives between Los Angeles and Gilbert, Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains. He is married to Lorraine Davis, a drama therapist for Alzheimer's patients and has three children: Mira, Michael, and Amanda. On January 17, 2007, news reports detailed that he displayed a gun in front of his daughter Amanda's ex-boyfriend, Daniel Snee, after the man pounded on her hotel door and made threats. Amanda testified Snee threatened to kill her at a hotel January 3 in Stowe, Vermont; she said she locked herself in the bathroom and called both police and her father. Her 67-year-old father showed up before police, she testified. When police arrived, the young man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, she said. As a deputy sheriff in Pennsylvania, Sorvino is legally able to carry a gun in different states. He did not point the gun at Snee, or threaten him.[4] In March 2008, Sorvino and his daughter Amanda lobbied with the Americans Against Horse Slaughter in Washington, DC for Congress and the Senate to Pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S311/HR503). The Sorvinos run a private horse rescue in Gilbert, Pennsylvania.[5] He is also an accomplished sculptor, specializing in cast bronze.In December 2008 his sculpture of his friend the late Jason Miller was unveiled in Scranton Pa. In addition, he guest stars on the most recent album of Neapolitan singer Eddy Napoli, "Napulitanata," performing a duet of the song "Luna Rossa." [6]

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Birth Name

Paul Anthony Sorvino

Birth Place

Nueva York, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

4/13/1939

Death Date

7/25/2022
Known For
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Romeo And Juliet

Fulgencio Capulet

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Repo! The Genetic Opera

Rotti Largo

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Cruising

Capt. Edelson

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Knock Off

Harry Johanson

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Doc West

Sheriff Roy Basehart

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The Stuff

Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears

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The Day of the Dolphin

Curtis Mahoney

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Cheaters

Constantine Kiamos

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Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival

God

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Plan B

Joe Maloni

Starring In
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The Birthday Cake

Uncle Carmine

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Most Guys Are Losers

Grandpa

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Bad Impulse

Lou Branch

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Beneath the Leaves

Captain Parker

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Welcome to Acapulco

Senator Campbell

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Acts of Desperation

Chief Lassiter

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Executor

Father Antonio

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Lost Cat Corona

Uncle Sam

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The Bandit Hound

Chief Burton

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Chasing Gold

Frank

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Kidnapped in Romania

Alexandru Damian / Don Ciro

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The Bronx Bull

Giuseppe LaMotta

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The Red Maple Leaf

Joseph Palermo

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The Brooklyn Banker

Benny

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Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival

God

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Careful What You Wish For

Sheriff Big Jack

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Cold Deck

Chips

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The Hybrids Family

The Count

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4Closed

Bud

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Immigrant

Yeshiva Principal

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Once Upon a Time in Queens

Joe Scoleri

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Eine Scheidung zum Verlieben

Daniel Miller

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For the Love of Money

Red

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The Devil's Carnival

God

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Imaginary Friend

Jonathan

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Jersey Shore Shark Attack

Mayor Palantine

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God Don't Make the Laws

Lewis

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Kill The Irishman

Tony Salerno

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Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe

Santa Claus

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The Wild Stallion

Nolan

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Doc West

Sheriff Roy Basehart

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Repo! The Genetic Opera

Rotti Largo

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Last Hour

Maitre Steinfeld

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Carnera: The Walking Mountain

Ledudal

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Greetings from the Shore

Catch Turner

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Mr. Fix It

Wally

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Gangland: Bullets Over Hollywood

Narrator (voice)

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Mr. 3000

Gus Panas

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Goodnight Joseph Parker

Charlie

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The Cooler

Buddy Stafford

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Mambo Italiano

Gino Barberini

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Mafia Doctor

Nicola

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Hey Arnold! The Movie

Scheck (voice)

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Plan B

Joe Maloni

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See Spot Run

Sonny Talia

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Perfume

Lorenzo Mancini

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Streghe verso Nord

Gallio

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The Family Man

Sydney Potter (scenes deleted)

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The Amati Girls

Joe

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Longshot

Laszlo Pryce

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The Thin Blue Lie

Frank Rizzo

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Cheaters

Constantine Kiamos

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That Championship Season

Coach

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Harlem Aria

Fabiano Grazzi

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Lady Chance

Buddy Stafford

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Knock Off

Harry Johanson

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Bulworth

Graham Crockett

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Houdini

Blackburn

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Most Wanted

CIA Deputy Director Kenny Rackmill

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American Perfekt

Sheriff Frank Noonan

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Money Talks

Guy Cipriani

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Extrême vengeance

Horace Burke

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Romeo And Juliet

Fulgencio Capulet

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Love Is All There Is

Piero Malacici

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Escape Clause

Lt. Gil Farrand

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Dogwatch

Delgoti

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Nixon

Henry Kissinger

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Cover Me

J.J. Davis

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The Rocketeer

Eddie Valentine

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Goodfellas

Paul Cicero

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Dick Tracy

Lips Manlis

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Almost Partners

Detective Jack Welder

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A Fine Mess

Tony Pazzo

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Betrayed by Innocence

Mike Vogel

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The Stuff

Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears

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Chiller

Reverend Penny

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Turk 182!

Himself

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Surviving

Harvey

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That Championship Season

Phil Romano

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I, the Jury

Detective Pat Chambers

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Reds

Louis Fraina

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Cruising

Capt. Edelson

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Dummy

Lowell Myers

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The Brink’s Job

Jazz Maffie

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Slow Dancing in the Big City

Lou Friedlander

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Oh, God!

Reverend Willie Williams

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The Gambler

Hips

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A Touch of Class

Walter Menkes

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The Day of the Dolphin

Curtis Mahoney

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The Panic In Needle Park

Samuels

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Made for Each Other

Gig's Father

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Cry Uncle

Coughing Cop

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Where's Poppa?

Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'

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Sicilian Vampire

Jimmy Scambino

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