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.
Paul Sorvino got his start in the business as a copywriter at an ad firm. In order to pursue a career in opera singing, he underwent voice lessons for 18 years.
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy changed his mind, though. Soon after, he entered the stage and made his Broadway debut in the 1964 musical ‘Bajour.’ “. Carl Reiner directed Sorvino’s first picture, ‘Where’s Poppa?’ six years later.
In 1971, he co-starred with Al Pacino and Kitty Winn in the film “The Panic in Needle Park.” Jerry Schatzberg directed the film, which featured Sorvino in a supporting part.
While appearing on Broadway in Jason Miller’s play “That Championship Season” as Phil Romano, he won critical acclaim for his performance.
‘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.
Paul Sorvino Parents: Meet Ford Sorvino and Marietta Sorvino
Paul Sorvino’s parents are Ford Sorvino and Marietta Sorvino. His father, an Italian immigrant named Ford Sorvino, was a foreman in a robe factory where he worked when his son was growing up.
His mother, Angela Maria Mattea (née Renzi), was of Italian heritage but was born in Connecticut. Although she was American-born, she retained her Italian name. She was also a piano teacher in addition to being a homemaker.