Paul Sorvino Biography (1939-)

Born April 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, NY (some sources say Bensonhurst, NY); sonof Ford (a robe factory foreman) and Marietta (a homemaker and piano teacher)Sorvino; married Lorraine Davis (divorced, 1988); married Vanessa Arico (a real estate associate), March 21, 1991 (divorced c. April, 1996); children: (first marriage) Mira (an actress), Michael, Amanda (an actress and screenwriter). Addresses: Agent: Gersh Agency, 232 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5302.; Manager: Union, 9201 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 307, Beverly Hills,CA 90212.; Contact: 110 E. 87th St., New York, NY 10128.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer, creative consultant, opera singer
Birth Details
April 13, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Owner of Gus and Grace's Rest Home, Where's Poppa (also known as Going Ape!), United Artists, 1970
  • Coughing Cop, Cry Uncle! (also known as American Oddballs and Super Dick), 1971
  • Samuels, Panic in Needle Park, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Gig's father, Made for Each Other, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Taxi driver, Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues, 1972
  • Curtis Mahoney, The Day of the Dolphin, Avco-Embassy, 1973
  • Walter Menkes, A Touch of Class, Avco-Embassy, 1973
  • Fury on Wheels, 1971
  • Ring, Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue, Thorn/EMI, 1974
  • Hips, The Gambler, Paramount, 1974
  • Joe D'Sousa, Angel and Big Joe, 1975
  • Lou Springer, I Will, I Will ... for Now, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Reverend Willie Williams, Oh God!, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Lou Friedlander, Slow Dancing in the Big City, United Artists, 1978
  • Jazz Maffie, The Brinks Job (also known as Big Stickup at Brinks), Universal, 1978
  • Louis Chubby De Coco, Bloodbrothers (also known as A Father's Love), Warner Bros., 1979
  • Reilly, Lost and Found, Columbia, 1979
  • Captain Edelson, Cruising, United Artists, 1980
  • Louis Fraina, Reds, Paramount, 1981
  • Phil Romano, That Championship Season, Cannon, 1982
  • Detective Pat Chambers, I, the Jury, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Walter Greer, Melanie, 1982
  • Warden Nicholas F. Castle, Off the Wall, 1983
  • Himself, Turk 182!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Delta Force, Cannon, 1985
  • Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears, The Stuff, New World Pictures, 1985
  • Tony Pazzo, A Fine Mess, Columbia, 1986
  • Gino, Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (also known as Vasectomy), Vandom International Pictures, 1986
  • Kiril, Very Close Quarters, 1986
  • Lips Manlis, Dick Tracy, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Paul Cicero, Goodfellas (also known as GoodFellas), WarnerBros., 1990
  • DMZ, 1990
  • Eddie Valentine, The Rocketeer, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Max, Seymour's father, Age Isn't Everything (also known as Lifein the Food Chain), LIVE Home Video, 1991
  • (Uncredited) Tommie Moroloto, The Firm, Paramount, 1993
  • Captain Phil Giarusso, Backstreet Justice (also known as Dead Wrong), Prism Entertainment, 1994
  • Henry Kissinger, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Selected Models, 1995
  • J. J. Davis, Cover Me, Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1995
  • Fulgencio Capulet, Romeo+Juliet (also known as William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet and Romeo and Juliet), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Piero Malacici, Love Is All There Is, Samuel Goldwyn, 1996
  • Lieutenant Gil Farrand, Escape Clause, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Delgori, Dog Watch, Dog Watch Productions, 1996
  • CIA Deputy Director Kenny Rackmill, Most Wanted, New Line Cinema,1997
  • Horace Burke, Men with Guns, Norstar Entertainment, 1997
  • Sheriff Frank Noonan, American Perfekt, Nu Image, 1997
  • Guy Cipiriani, Money Talks, New Line Cinema, 1997
  • Graham Crockett, Bulworth, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Johanson, Knock Off, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • Fabiano Grazzi, Harlem Aria, 1999
  • Paulie, Scriptfellas, 1999
  • Harvey, Dead Broke, 1999
  • (Scenes deleted) Sydney Potter, The Family Man, Universal, 2000
  • Laszlo Pryce (antagonist), Longshot (also known as Jack of AllTrades), 2000
  • Ciao America, 2000
  • Lorenzo, Perfume, 2001
  • Sonny Talia, See Spot Run, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Joe Maloni, Plan B, Franchise Pictures, 2001
  • Charlie, Last Call, 2001
  • Rhode Island Blues, 2001
  • Jack Licavoli, Irishman: The Legend of Danny Greene, 2001
  • Also appeared in The Music Box, Columbia.
  • Film Creative Consultant
  • Love Is All There Is, Samuel Goldwyn, 1996
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • George Platt, We'll Get By, CBS, 1975
  • Sergeant Bert D'Angelo (title role), Bert D'Angelo: Superstar, ABC, 1976
  • Detective Sergeant Ike Porter, The Oldest Rookie, CBS, 1987-1988
  • Detective Sergeant Phil Cerreta, Law & Order, NBC, 1991-1992
  • Narrator, The Big House, History Channel, 1998
  • Mr. Frank DeLucca, That's Life, ABC, 2000-2002
  • Movies
  • Joe, Tell Me Where It Hurts, 1974
  • Harry Walters, It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy, ABC, 1974
  • Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, 1975
  • Lowell Myers, Dummy, CBS, 1979
  • The Bureau, 1981
  • Carlo Danzie, A Question of Honor, CBS, 1982
  • Doyle Reinecker, With Intent to Kill (also known as Urge to Kill), CBS, 1984
  • Max, My Mother's Secret Life, ABC, 1984
  • Harvey, Surviving (also known as Surviving: A Family in Crisis and Tragedy), ABC, 1985
  • Reverend Penny, Chiller, CBS, 1985
  • Mike Vogel, Betrayed by Innocence (also known as Jailbait),CBS, 1986
  • Lieutenant Willman, Don't Touch My Daughter (also known as Nightmare), 1991
  • Anthony Caruso, Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives, NBC, 1993
  • Ed Starling, Parallel Lives, Showtime, 1994
  • Dr. Winslow, Without Consent (also known as Tell Laura I Love Her and Trapped and Deceived), ABC, 1994
  • Title role, Joe Torre: Curveballs along the Way, Showtime, 1997
  • Blackburn, Houdini, TNT, 1998
  • Coach, That Championship Season, Showtime, 1998
  • Constantine Kiamos, Cheaters, HBO, 2000
  • Frank Rizzo, The Thin Blue Lie, Showtime, 2000
  • Joe, The Amati Girls, Fox, 2000
  • Miniseries
  • Dave Shaw, Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1977
  • Sheriff Skeeter Willis, Chiefs, CBS, 1983
  • Specials
  • Night of 100 Stars III, 1990
  • The tenor, The Last Mile, PBS, 1992
  • Himself, The Magic of Christmas, 1995
  • Paul Sorvino: An Evening of Song, PBS, 1996
  • Host, The Art of the Cigar, 1996
  • Guest, A Salute to Martin Scorsese (also known as The 25th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Martin Scorsese),CBS, 1997
  • Pilots
  • George Platt, We'll Get By, CBS, 1974
  • Today's FBI, ABC, 1981
  • Detective Jack Welder, Almost Partners, CBS, 1987
  • Episodic
  • Glouster, "King Lear," Theatre in America, PBS, 1974
  • Sergeant Burt Deangelo, "Superstar," The Streets of San Francisco,ABC, 1976
  • David Addison, Sr., "The Son Also Rises," Moonlighting, ABC, 1986
  • "William Holmes McGuffy," An American Portrait, CBS, 1986
  • Al Sidell, "Three Strikes, You're Out," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989
  • Phil Cerreta, "Point of View," Law & Order, NBC, 1992
  • Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko, "Homeward," Star Trek: The Next Generation,syndicated, 1994
  • Guest, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, ABC, 1997
  • Voice, "How to Suck in Business without Really Trying," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997
  • Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • That Championship Season, Showtime, 1999
  • Episodic
  • That's Life, ABC, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Patrolman, Bajour, Shubert Theatre, 1964
  • Officer Lynch, Mating Dance, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Francesco, Skyscraper, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Phil Romano, That Championship Season, New York Shakespeare Festival, Newman Theatre, then Booth Theatre, both New York City, 1972
  • Gloucester, King Lear, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Nathaniel Schwab, An American Millionaire, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1974
  • Lionel Lane, For My Last Number, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1975
  • Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • Abby's Song, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Also appeared in All the King's Men, American Stage Company, Teaneck, NJ; Marlon Brando Sat Right Here, off-Broadway production; as Topol, The Baker's Wife; Alfred, Die Fledermaus (opera), Seattle Opera Company.
  • Major Tours
  • We'll Get By, U.S. cities, 1975
  • Philemon, U.S. cities, 1976
  • Aimable, The Baker's Wife, U.S. cities, 1976
  • Stage Director
  • The Wheelbarrow Closers, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • The Rainmaker, American Stage Company, 1986-1987
  • Also directed the American Stage Company production of All the King'sMen; directed and produced, Marlon Brando Sat Right Here, off-Broadway production.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Paul Sorvino: An Evening of Song, PBS, 1996
  • Also recorded Paul Sorvino Sings; recorded an album of Italian love songs, c. 1992.
  • Taped Readings
  • Stephen King's Thinner, Vol. 2, DH Audio, 1985
  • Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, DH Audio, 1992
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • Wrote Marlon Brando Sat Right Here, off-Broadway production.
  • Nonfiction
  • Wrote How to Become a Former Asthmatic, William Morrow.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Calgary Sun, September 4, 1997
    • Entertainment Weekly, January 19, 1996, p. 10; February 2, 1996, p. 40
    • People, November 23, 1992, pp. 115-18

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