The actor died Monday morning (local time) of natural death in a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, his agent Roger Neal told AP. The octogenarian had experienced health problems in recent years.
Paul Sorvino was also famous for starring in the New York TV series, Forensic Police.
For more than 50 years, he has played roles as varied as that of an Italian-American communist in Warren Beatty’s ‘Reds’, Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s ‘Nixon’ and mob boss Eddie Valentine in ‘ The Adventures of Rocketeer”. He often said that while he was best known for playing gangsters, his real passions were poetry, painting and opera.
His daughter Mira Sorvino, also an actress and who won the 1995 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Woody Allen’s Cursed Aphrodite, paid tribute to her on Twitter. “My father, the great Paul Sorvino, passed away. My heart is torn – a life of love, joy and wisdom in his presence is over. He was the most wonderful of fathers,” she wrote.