Paul Sorvino was an American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor. He often portrayed authority figures on both sides of the law and was known for his roles as Paulie Cicero (based on Paul Vario) in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the TV series Law & Order.

While appearing on Broadway in Jason Miller’s play “That Championship Season” as Phil Romano, he won critical acclaim for his performance.

Dee Dee Benkie and Paul Sorvino
Dee Dee Benkie and Paul Sorvino

‘It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy,’ his next job, was a touch hazardous and controversial since his character Harry Walters was raped at gunpoint by a lady in the movie as a prank.’ Even in the modern 1970s, the film was deemed provocative and risqué.

In 1981, Sorvino starred as an Italian-American Communist, Louis C. Fraina, in the epic drama “Reds.” “The Stuff” was his first appearance in a science-fiction horror film, released in 1985.

American Stage Company, which has launched numerous successful Off-Broadway productions with his assistance, was also founded in his honor.

In 1991, Paul Sorvino played Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the hit television show ‘Law & Order.’ After 29 episodes, Sorvino walked away from the show. Detective Lennie Briscoe was later played by Jerry Orbach, who took his place.

Dee Dee Benkie: Who is Paul Sorvino’s Wife?

Dee Dee Benkie was a radio personality and an actress prior to meeting Paul. After this, she decided to stay with her husband and take care of the family. Paul’s three children, Mira Sorvino, Michael Sorvino, and Amanda Sorvino, became her stepchildren.

Despite this, she had a long list of accomplishments to her credit, including chairmanship of the Republican National Convention and service as a White House aide under President George W. Bush.

Dee Dee was reportedly near Paul’s side when he died. A chance encounter on the set of Your World With Neil Cavuto, a Fox News program, in 2013 led to the two of them becoming friends.


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