Master of the Mild-Mannered Mobster, Paul Sorvino, Dies at 83

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He was an aspiring singer who achieved popularity in Hollywood by playing a variety of roles, but most frequently played by quiet, menacing characters, such as Paulie Cicero in "Goodfellas."

Roger Neal, his spokesman, reported his passing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Neal stated that Mr. Sorvino "had suffered with health concerns over the past few years" but no specific cause was offered

Mira Sorvino, who earned an Oscar for best supporting actress for Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite," was born to Mr. Sorvino (1995). She told that her father had "taught me everything I know about acting" in her victory speech

In 2006, Mr. Sorvino made his City Opera debut in Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella," continuing his career as a singer

His personal life occasionally helped him project a tough guy reputation. Most recently, in 2018, when Harvey Weinstein, the head of the movie industry, was on trial for criminal sexual actions and Mira Sorvino accused him of harassment

He married actress Lorraine Davis in 1966, and the two eventually divorced in 1988 after having three kids together. From 1991 until their divorce in 1996, Vanessa Arico, a real estate salesperson, was Mr. Sorvino's second wife. In 2014, he wed Republican political strategist Dee Dee Benkie

Mr. Sorvino is survived by Dee Dee Sorvino, his wife; their three children, Mira, Amanda, and Michael; and their five grandkids