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Paul Anthony Sorvino (born April 13, 1939) is an American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor.[1] He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero, a portrayal of Paul Vario
Paul Vario
in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and NYPD
NYPD
Sergeant Phil Cerreta
Phil Cerreta
on the police procedural and legal drama television series Law & Order. He held major supporting roles in Reds, The Rocketeer, Nixon and Romeo + Juliet. He is the father of actress Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
and actor Michael Sorvino.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Controversy 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Sorvino was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York
City. His mother, Angela Maria Mattea (née Renzi), was a homemaker and piano teacher, who was born in Connecticut, of Italian (Molisan) descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian (Neapolitan) immigrant who worked in a robe factory as a foreman.[2][3] He attended Lafayette High School, where he was classmates with painter Peter Max, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[4] Career[edit]

Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
in 2008

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, Carl Reiner's Where's Poppa? starring George Segal
George Segal
and Ruth Gordon. In 1971, he played a supporting role in Jerry Schatzberg's critically acclaimed The Panic in Needle Park starring Al Pacino
Al Pacino
and Kitty Winn. 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 Walters, 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 '70s. He also appeared in the 1976 Elliott Gould/ Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
vehicle I Will, I Will... for Now. He has starred in the weekly series We'll Get By
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 also directed Wheelbarrow Closers, a 1976 Broadway play by Louis La Russo II, which starred Danny Aiello. In 1981, Sorvino played the role of Italian-American Communist Louis C. Fraina in Warren Beatty's epic film Reds. He appeared in Larry Cohen's 1985 science fiction horror film The Stuff
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
Tenafly, New Jersey
in 1986.[5] In 1991, he took on the role of Sergeant Phil Cerreta
Phil Cerreta
(replacing actor George Dzundza in a new role) on the popular series Law & Order. Sorvino was initially excited about the role, but would leave after 29 episodes, citing the exhausting schedule demanded by the filming of the show, a need to broaden his horizons, and the desire to preserve his vocal cords for singing opera. Sorvino's exit from the series came in an episode in which Sgt. Cerreta was shot in the line of duty and transferred to an administrative position in another precinct.[6] He was replaced on the show by Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
(as Detective Lennie Briscoe). In 1993, Sorvino subbed for the late Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
in a Perry Mason
Perry Mason
TV movie. He earlier 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 caporegime Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990) and Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). In addition to Goodfellas, Sorvino also played mob bosses Eddie Valentine in The Rocketeer and Tony Morolto in The Firm. Sorvino founded the Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Asthma Foundation, with the goal of building asthma centers for children and adults across the United States.[7] In 1998, he narrated the series "The Big House" for The History Channel. In 1999, he directed and again starred in (albeit playing a different role) a lower-budget TV version of That Championship Season, which was written by his friend Jason Miller. He also lent his voice in Hey Arnold!: The Movie as the main antagonist, Mr. Scheck, the evil CEO of Future Tech Industries who wants to convert Arnold's neighborhood into a huge shopping mall. From 2000 to 2002, he had a starring role as Frank DeLucca in the CBS television drama That's Life. He also starred in the CBS
CBS
comedy Still Standing as Al Miller, father to Bill (Mark Addy). He filmed 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, of which 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 played GeneCo founder Rotti Largo in the 2008 musical film Repo! The Genetic Opera. Working with Repo! director Darren Lynn Bousman again, Sorvino plays God [8] in The Devil's Carnival, a short film screened on tour beginning in April, 2012.[9] Personal life[edit] Sorvino lives between Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and Gilbert, Pennsylvania
Gilbert, Pennsylvania
(in the Pocono Mountains). He has three children: Mira, Michael, and Amanda from his first marriage with Lorraine Davis. On January 17, 2007, news reports detailed that he displayed a gun in front of Daniel Snee, ex-boyfriend of his daughter Amanda, after the man pounded on her hotel door and made threats. Amanda testified that Snee threatened to kill her at a hotel on 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 was legally authorized to carry a gun in different states. He did not point the gun at Snee or threaten him.[10] In March 2008, Sorvino and his daughter Amanda lobbied with the Americans Against Horse Slaughter in Washington, D.C., 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.[11] He is also an accomplished sculptor, specializing in cast bronze. In December 2008 his sculpture of his friend, the late playwright Jason Miller, was unveiled in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In addition, he guest starred on the 2008 album of Neapolitan singer Eddy Napoli, Napulitanata, performing a duet of the song "Luna Rossa."[12] In 2007, Sorvino launched " Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Foods", to market a range of pasta sauces. Based on his mother's recipe, product began appearing in supermarkets in the northeastern United States in late 2009.[13] Three years later, Sorvino became part owner in Janson-Beckett Cosmeceuticals.[14] In December 2014, Sorvino married political pundit Denessa Purvis "Dee Dee" Benkie after meeting her on Neil Cavuto's Fox News
Fox News
program Your World With Neil Cavuto.[15] Controversy[edit] In 2005, Sorvino partnered with Lackawanna County to film The Trouble with Cali in Scranton, Pennsylvania. An initial investment by the county of $250,000 was followed by a second $250,000 in 2006.[16] The project drew criticism and media attention over the long production time and apparent lack of progress,[17] and the fact that the county did not protect its investment, which was carried out by county commissioners that were under indictment for corruption, with a completion bond.[18] The Trouble with Cali debuted February 21, 2012, at the Sedona Film Festival, with former Lackawanna County commissioner Robert Cordaro listed as a producer only four weeks after his 11-year sentencing on public corruption charges.[19] By March 2015, Sorvino had yet to strike a deal with a distributor for the film. He told local reporters that Lackawanna County would receive the first payouts if the film made money. "I'd like to see that money back myself, but first I want to see (Lackawanna County) paid," he said. "If it makes money, (Lackawanna County) makes money."[20] At that time, he said a Canadian company was interested in distributing the film, but would not give the name of the company. Days later he claimed the deal with this company fell through after negative publicity from the local paper.[21] Filmography[edit]

Where's Poppa?
Where's Poppa?
(1970) as Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home' The Panic in Needle Park
The Panic in Needle Park
(1971) as Samuels Cry Uncle!
Cry Uncle!
(1971) as Coughing Cop Made for Each Other (1971) as Gig's Father Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972) as Taxi Driver A Touch of Class (1973) as Walter Menkes The Day of the Dolphin
The Day of the Dolphin
(1973) as Curtis Mahoney King Lear (1974, TV Series) as Gloucester Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974, TV Movie) as Joe Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue (1974) as Ring The Gambler (1974) as Hips It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy (1974, TV Movie) as Harry Walters We'll Get By
We'll Get By
(1975, TV Series) as George Platt Angel and Big Joe (1975, Short) as Big Joe I Will, I Will... for Now
I Will, I Will... for Now
(1976) as Lou Springer Bert D'Angelo / Superstar (1976, TV Series) as Sergeant Bert D'Angelo Seventh Avenue (1977, TV Mini-Series) as Dave Shaw Oh, God!
Oh, God!
(1977) as Reverend Willie Williams Bloodbrothers (1978) as Louis "Chubby" De Coco Slow Dancing in the Big City
Slow Dancing in the Big City
(1978) as Lou Friedlander The Brink's Job
The Brink's Job
(1978) as Jazz Maffie Dummy (1979, TV Movie) as Lowell Myers Lost and Found (1979) as Reilly Cruising (1980) as Capt. Edelsen Reds (1981) as Louis Fraina Melanie (1982) as Walter I, the Jury (1982) as Detective Pat Chambers A Question of Honor (1982, TV Movie) as Carlo Danzie That Championship Season (1982) as Phil Romano Off the Wall (1983) as Warden Nicholas F. Castle Chiefs (1983, TV Series) as Sheriff Skeeter Willis My Mother's Secret Life (1984, TV Movie) as Max With Intent to Kill (1984, TV Movie) as Doyle Reinecker Surviving: A Family in Crisis (1985, TV Movie) as Harvey Wes Craven's Chiller
Wes Craven's Chiller
(1985, TV Movie) as Reverend Penny The Stuff
The Stuff
(1985) as Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears Turk 182!
Turk 182!
(1985) as Himself Betrayed by Innocence (1986, TV Movie) as Mike Vogel A Fine Mess (1986) as Tony Pazzo Moonlighting (1986; TV series - episode 'The Son Also Rises') as David Addison Sr. Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) as Gino Very Close Quarters (1986) as Kiril Almost Partners (1987, TV Movie) as Detective Jack Welder The Oldest Rookie (1987–1988, TV Series) as Det. Ike Porter Murder She Wrote
Murder She Wrote
(1989, TV series) as Al Sidell Dick Tracy (1990) as Lips Manlis Goodfellas (1990) as Paul Cicero DMZ (1990) Don't Touch My Daughter (1991, TV Movie) as Lt. Willman The Rocketeer (1991) as Eddie Valentine Age Isn't Everything
Age Isn't Everything
(1991) as Max The Last Mile (1992, TV Short) as The Tenor Law & Order (1991–1992, TV series) as Sgt. Phil Cerreta The Firm (1993) as Tommie Morolto (uncredited) A Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives (1993, TV Movie) as Anthony Caruso Backstreet Justice (1994) as Captain Phil Giarusso Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994, Episode: Homeward) as Nikolai Rozhenko Parallel Lives (1994, TV Movie) as Ed Starling Without Consent (aka Trapped and Deceived) (1994, TV Movie) as Dr. Winslow Cover Me (1995) as J.J. Davis Nixon (1995) as Henry Kissinger Love Is All There Is (1996) as Piero Malacici Escape Clause (1996, TV Movie) as Lt. Gil Farrand Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet
(1996) as Fulgencio Capulet Blue Heat: The Case of the Cover Girl Murders (1997, Video game) as J.J. Davis Dog Watch (1997) as Delgoti American Perfekt
American Perfekt
(1997) as Sheriff Frank Noonan Money Talks (1997) as Guy Cipriani Men with Guns (1997) as Horace Burke Most Wanted (1997) as CIA Deputy Director Kenny Rackmill Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way (1997, TV Movie) as Joe Torre Bulworth
Bulworth
(1998) as Graham Crockett The Big House (1998, TV series) as Narrator Knock Off (1998) as Harry Johanson Dead Broke (1998) as Harvey Houdini (1998, TV Movie) as Blackburn That Championship Season (1999, TV Movie) as Coach (also Director) Harlem Aria (1999) as Fabiano Grazzi Scriptfellas (1999) as Paulie Longshot (2000) as Laszlo Pryce Cheaters (2000, TV Movie) as Constantine Kiamos The Thin Blue Lie
The Thin Blue Lie
(2000, TV Movie) as Frank Rizzo The Amati Girls
The Amati Girls
(2000) as Joe That's Life (2000–2002, TV series) as Frank DeLucca The Family Man
The Family Man
(2000) as Sydney Potter (scenes deleted) Perfume (2001) as Lorenzo Mancini See Spot Run
See Spot Run
(2001) as Sonny Talia Plan B (2001) as Joe Maloni Longshot (2001) as Laszlo Pryce Streghe verso nord (Witches to the North) (2001) as Gallio Rhode Island Blue (2001) Ciao America
Ciao America
(2002) as Antonio Primavera Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002) as Scheck (voice) The Cooler
The Cooler
(2003) as Buddy Stafford Mafia Doctor (2003, TV Movie) as Nicola Mambo Italiano (2003) as Gino Barberini Mr. 3000
Mr. 3000
(2004) as Gus Panas Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2004) as Charlie Still Standing (2004–2006, TV series) as Al Miller Mr. Fix It (2006) as Wally Greetings From The Shore (2007) as Catch Turner Last Hour
Last Hour
(2008) as Maitre Steinfeld Carnera - The Walking Mountain
Carnera - The Walking Mountain
(2008) as Ledudal Repo! The Genetic Opera
Repo! The Genetic Opera
(2008) as Rotti Largo Doc West (2009, TV Movie) as Sheriff Roy Basehart The Wild Stallion
The Wild Stallion
(2009) as Nolan Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009, TV Movie) as Santa Claus Mineville (2010) as Jacob Laremy Kill the Irishman
Kill the Irishman
(2011) as "Fat" Tony Salerno God Don't Make the Laws (2011) as Lewis Night Club (2011) as Himself The Trouble with Cali (2012) as Ivan The Devil's Carnival (2012) as God Imaginary Friend (2012, TV Movie) as Jonathan For the Love of Money (2012) as Red Jersey Shore Shark Attack
Jersey Shore Shark Attack
(2012, TV Movie) as Mayor Palantine Divorce Invitation
Divorce Invitation
(2012) as Daniel Miller How Sweet It Is (2013) as Big Mike Cicero Once Upon a Time in Queens (2013) as Joe Scoleri Foreclosed (2013) as Bud The Immigrant (2013) as Yeshiva Principal Elementary (2014, TV series) as Robert Pardillo The Goldbergs (2014, TV Series) Pop-Pop A Place for Heroes (2014) as Vincent Hybrids (2015) as The Count Careful What You Wish For (2015) as Sheriff Big Jack No Deposit (2015) as Alfie Sicilian Vampire
Sicilian Vampire
(2015) as Jimmy Scambino Cold Deck (2015) as Chips Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival
(2016) as God Kidnapped in Romania (2016) as Alexandru Damian / Don Ciro Falling (2016) as Jim The Bandit Hound (2016) as Chief Burton Chasing Gold (2016) as Frank Detours (2016) as Joe DiMaria The Bronx Bull (2016) as Giuseppe LaMotta The Brooklyn Banker (2016) as Benny Musacchia The Red Maple Leaf (2016) as Joseph Palermo Rules Don't Apply (2016) as Vernon Scott A Winter Rose
A Winter Rose
(2016) as Skippy The Making of the Mob: Chicago (2016) as Himself Lost Cat Corona (2017) as Uncle Sam The Last Poker Game
The Last Poker Game
(2017) as Phil Undercover Grandpa
Undercover Grandpa
(2017) as Giovanni Price for Freedom (2017) as Shah of Iran Executor (2017) as Father Antonio Bad Blood (2017, TV series) as Nicolo Rizzuto Beneath the Leaves (2018) as Captain Parker Papa (2018) as Danny

References[edit]

^ Steyn, Mark (host) (7 January 2017). "The Mark Steyn Show Season 1—Episode 1". The Mark Steyn Show Season. Season 1. Episode 1. CRTV.  ^ " Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Biography (1939-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2007-12-31.  ^ Julia Szabo (2003-06-01). "Partying With the Pets". New York Post. Retrieved 2015-01-20.  ^ " Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2007-12-31.  ^ Klein, Alvin (March 19, 2000). "JERSEY FOOTLIGHTS; Executive Producer Search Is On". The New York Times. By contrast, the theater was founded with a flourish in 1986, mostly because the actor Paul Sorvino, its first artistic head, lived in Teaneck at the time, opened his home to fund-raising parties, starred in the opening play (All The King's Men) and directed The Diary of Anne Frank, in which his daughter, Amanda Sorvino, played the title role.  ^ Courrier, Kevin; Green, Susan (November 20, 1999). Law & Order: The Unofficial Companion (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Renaissance Books. ISBN 1-58063-108-8, pp. 123-125. ^ " Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Roles". Movie Info. Retrieved 2015-01-20.  ^ "The Devil's Carnival". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2012-11-05.  ^ "Two Tickets To 'The Devil's Carnival' Please". FEARnet. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-04-11.  ^ "'Goodfellas' actor, as deputy sheriff, was entitled to weapon". boston.com. 2007-01-17. Archived from the original on March 25, 2007.  ^ "Horse Lovers Ask Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter". wjz.com. 2008-03-05. Archived from the original on 2008-03-08.  ^ eddynapolispa (2008-09-01). "Eddy Napoli SpA & Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
- Luna Rossa". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-04.  ^ "'Goodfella' Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
dishes up own pasta sauce based mom's recipe", New York Daily News, January 9, 2010 ^ "Brand News". GCI. June 2010. p. 6. ^ "Paul Sorvino, Dee Dee Benkie Wed". Fox News. 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-01-20.  ^ Lynne Slack Shedlock (2006-05-20). "County invests $500G in film". Scrantontimes.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.  ^ Rubinkam, Michael (2008-02-18). "Pennsylvania county to Sorvino: Where's the film?". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.  ^ Kelly, Chris (2008-02-17). "The Trouble with 'Kelly'". Thetimes-tribune.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.  ^ Chris Kelly (2012-02-21). "Early reviews are in and Cali is indeed in trouble". Scrantontimes.com. Retrieved 2012-02-22.  ^ [1] ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
on IMDb

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