Paul Sorvino

Actor, Singer, Director
A familiar face in film and on television and stage since the early 1970s, Paul Sorvino was a Tony-nominated character actor and occasional lead whose imposing presence belied the versatility of his talents. His ... Read more »
Born: 04/13/1939 in Bensonhurst, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (124)

Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival 2015 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Careful What You Wish For 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jack And Triumph Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hybrids 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bronx Bull 2014 (Movie)

Giuseppe LaMotta (Actor)

The Goldbergs 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

How Sweet it Is 2013 (Movie)

Big Mike (Actor)

Immigrant 2013 (Movie)

Yeshiva Principal (Actor)

For the Love of Money 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harlem Aria 2010 (Movie)

Fabiano Grazzi (Actor)

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnera: The Walking Mountain 2008 (Movie)

Ledudal (Actor)

Greetings From the Shore 2008 (Movie)

Catch Turner (Actor)

Repo! The Genetic Opera 2008 (Movie)

Rotti Largo (Actor)

Bullets Over Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Law & Order 1991 - 1992, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Life 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Still Standing 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Bobby 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

Gus Panas (Actor)

Mambo Italiano 2003 (Movie)

Gino Barberini (Actor)

The Cooler 2003 (Movie)

Buddy Stafford (Actor)

Ciao America 2002 (Movie)

Antonio Primavera (Actor)

Hey Arnold! the Movie 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Scheck (Actor)

Plan B 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Great American History Quiz: Americana 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Long Shot 2001 (Movie)

Laszlo Pryce (Actor)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

Lorenzo Mancini (Actor)

See Spot Run 2001 (Movie)

Sonny Talia (Actor)

Streghe Verso Nord 2001 (Movie)

Gallio (Actor)

The Amati Girls 2001 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Big House 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Great American History Quiz: 50 States 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Hollywood 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Values: The Mob & the Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Graham Crockett (Actor)

Goodnight, Joseph Parker 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Knock Off 1998 (Movie)

Johansson (Actor)

The Italian Americans II: A Beautiful Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Perfekt 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Frank Noonan (Actor)

Dead Broke 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Men With Guns 1997 (Movie)

Horace Burke (Actor)

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

Guy Cipriani (Actor)

Most Wanted 1997 (Movie)

Ken Rackmill (Actor)

The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Is All There Is 1996 (Movie)

Piero (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Fulgencio Capulet (Actor)

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Henry A Kissinger (Actor)

Selected Models 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstreet Justice 1993 (Movie)

Phil Giarusso (Actor)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1991 Miss America Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Touch My Daughter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

Eddie Valentine (Actor)

Age Isn't Everything 1990 (Movie)

Seymour's Father (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Lips Manlis (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Paul Cicero (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jailbait: Betrayed By Innocence 1989 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Oldest Rookie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Tony Pazzo (Actor)

Vasectomy, a Delicate Matter 1986 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

Colonel Spears (Actor)

Turk 182 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

With Intent to Kill 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Melanie 1983 (Movie)

Walter Greer (Actor)

I, the Jury 1982 (Movie)

Detective Pat Chambers (Actor)

Off the Wall 1982 (Movie)

Warden Castle (Actor)

That Championship Season 1982 (Movie)

Phil Romano (Actor)

Very Close Quarters 1982 (Movie)

Kiril (Actor)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

Louis Fraina (Actor)

Cruising 1980 (Movie)

Capt. Edelson (Actor)

Dummy 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Reilly (Actor)

Bloodbrothers 1978 (Movie)

Louis De Coco-- (Actor)

Slow Dancing in the Big City 1978 (Movie)

Lou Friedlander (Actor)

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

Jazz Maffie (Actor)

Oh, God! 1977 (Movie)

Reverend Willie Williams (Actor)

Seventh Avenue 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Bert D'Angelo, Superstar 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

We'll Get By 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

I Will... I Will... For Now 1974 (Movie)

Lou Springer (Actor)

King Lear 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

We'll Get By 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Shoot It: Black, Shoot It: Blue 1973 (Movie)

Ring (Actor)

The Day of the Dolphin 1973 (Movie)

Curtis Mahoney (Actor)

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

Hips (Actor)

A Touch of Class 1972 (Movie)

Walter Menkes (Actor)

Made For Each Other 1971 (Movie)

Gig's Father (Actor)

The Panic in Needle Park 1971 (Movie)

Samuels (Actor)

Cry Uncle 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Question of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Partners (TV Show)

Actor

Betrayed by Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Cheaters (TV Show)

Actor

Chiller (TV Show)

Actor

Dogwatch (TV Show)

Actor

Escape Clause (TV Show)

Actor

Jersey Shore Shark Attack (TV Show)

Actor

Mafia Doctor (TV Show)

Actor

My Mother's Secret Life (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare (Movie)

Lt. Willman (Actor)

Parallel Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Me Where It Hurts (TV Show)

Actor

That Championship Season (TV Show)

Actor

The Big House: Leavenworth (TV Show)

Narrator

The Big House: Sing Sing (TV Show)

Narrator

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Thin Blue Lie (TV Show)

Actor

Without Consent (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Amongst Friends 1993 (Movie)

funding (Producer)
Other (1)

Love Is All There Is 1996 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Biography

A familiar face in film and on television and stage since the early 1970s, Paul Sorvino was a Tony-nominated character actor and occasional lead whose imposing presence belied the versatility of his talents. His Italian-American heritage and Brooklyn roots assured him regular employment as policemen and gangsters, both of which he essayed in projects ranging from "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990- ) to Martin Scorsese's flawless Mob epic, "Goodfellas" (1990). But Sorvino, who had trained for nearly two decades as an opera singer and ballroom dance instructor, could be counted on to tackle all manner of roles, from the philandering businessman in "That Championship Season" (1982) and Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" (1995) to a flamboyant evangelist in Carl Reiner's "Oh, God!" (1979). He was also a regular presence in numerous television series and TV-movies, though his most memorable small-screen appearance may have been at the 1995 Academy Awards ceremony, where he wept openly for his daughter, Mira Sorvino, after she won the Oscar for "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995). Though his feature efforts became less visible after the new millennium, his body of work in all mediums cemented his status as a character actor of considerable renown.

Relationships

Vanessa Arico

Wife
Engaged in 1990 Married March 21, 1991 Filed for divorce in April 1996

Lorraine Davis Sorvino Special Thanks

Wife
Divorced in 1988

Ford Sorvino

Father

Mira Sorvino Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 28, 1967; mother, Lorraine Davis Sorvino Won an Academy Award for Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995)

Amanda Sorvino

Daughter
Born in 1971; mother, Lorraine Davis Sorvino

Marietta Sorvino

Mother

Michael Sorvino Actor

Son
Born Nov. 21, 1977; mother, Lorraine Davis Sorvino

Bill Sorvino

Brother

EDUCATION

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

New York , New York 1962
won scholarship (date approximate)

Lafayette High School

Brooklyn , New York 1956

Milestones

2009

Cast as Santa Claus in the ABC Family movie "Santa Baby 2"

2008

Starred in the campy horror musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera"

2004

Cast opposite Bernie Mac in the comedy "Mr. 3000"

2004

Joined the cast of CBS sitcom "Still Standing" in a recurring role

2003

Appeared in "The Cooler" opposite Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, and Maria Bello

2001

Acted in the improvisational parody "Perfume"

2000

Returned to series TV as Ellen Burstyn's husband in "That's Life"

2000

Had featured role in the Nicolas Cage vehicle "Family Man"

2000

Co-starred as Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo in the fact-based "The Thin Blue Lie" (Showtime)

2000

Played the principal who must fire a teacher who provides his students with the answers to a local competition in "Cheaters" (HBO)

1999

TV directing debut with Showtime remake of "That Championship Season"; also starred in role of the Coach

1998

Reteamed with Beatty for "Bulworth," playing a platinum-haired lobbyist

1997

Portrayed New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in the Showtime biopic "Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way"

1997

Executive produced and starred in unsold pilot for an ABC series loosely inspired by his life

1996

Played role of the father of a Juliet-like Italian girl in the comedy "Love Is All There Is"

1996

Cast as Capulet in Baz Luhrmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"

1995

Appeared as Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"

1991

Spent one season playing Detective Phil Cerreta on the popular NBC series "Law & Order"

1990

Landed one of his best screen roles as mob boss Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas"

1990

Cast as Lips Manlis in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"

1987

Portrayed title character in "The Oldest Rookie," a CBS series about a police chief who becomes a rookie cop at age 50

1985

Had featured role in "Surviving," an ABC drama about teen suicide; first screen teaming with Ellen Burstyn

1982

Reprised stage role in Jason Miller's film version of "That Championship Season"

1981

Portrayed Louis Fraina in Warren Beatty's epic "Reds"

1979

Portrayed a hearing-impaired attorney appointed to defend an illiterate black youth accused of murder in the fact-based "Dummy" (CBS)

1978

Had rare feature lead as a journalist who falls in love with a ballerina in "Slow Dancing in the Big City"

1977

Replaced Topol in the role of the baker in the stage musical "The Baker's Wife"; toured with show in Boston and Washington, DC; was scheduled to open on Broadway but closed out of town

1976

Returned to series TV as an unorthodox L.A. police detective on "Bert D'Angelo, Superstar" (ABC)

1974

TV series debut as star of the CBS sitcom "We'll Get By"

1974

TV debut as Earl of Gloucester in Great Performances/Joseph Papp presentation of "King Lear" (PBS)

1973

Acted in supporting role in the comedy "A Touch of Class"

1972

Originated character of Bert D'Angelo on an episode of ABC's "The Streets of San Francisco"

1972

Breakthrough stage role as Phil in the Pulitzer-winnning "That Championship Season," written by Jason Miller; earned Tony nomination

1970

Had featured role in "The Panic in Needle Park"; first feature with Al Pacino

1969

Resumed acting career; made film debut in "Where's Poppa?"

1964

Broadway debut in the chorus of the musical "Bajour"

At age 16, trained to be a dance instructor; fired for being underage

Dropped out of show business to work in advertising; became vice president and creative director of ad agency

Appeared in "Die Fledermaus" with the Seattle Opera Company

Sang at charity balls and on the Catskills circuit as "The Romantic Voice of Val Sorvino" at age 23

Bonus Trivia

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Sorvino was the artistic director of the American Stage Company in Teaneck, New Jersey from 1986-90.

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In 1993, Sorvino was crowned "King of Brooklyn."

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In October 2011, Sorvino was struck by a car while trying to hail a cab in New York City. The actor was taken to St. Luke's Hospital bruised and in shock, but he recovered the following day.

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