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Paul Sorvino Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Apr 13, 1939
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

It took 18 years of voice lessons for Paul Sorvino to console himself to the fact that an operatic career was beyond his reach. Having done some acting while attending the American Music and Dramatic Academy, Sorvino decided to pursue the theatre full-time, continuing his studies at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his Broadway debut as a constable in the 1964 musical Bajour, and six years later appeared in his first film, [[Feature~V54252~Where's Poppa~wherespoppa]]. His stardom was secured when he received an avalanche of critical praise for his performance as Phil Romano in the 1972 Broadway play That Championship Season, a role he repeated in the 1981 film version. A convincing heavy in such films as [[Feature~V20351~Goodfellas~goodfellas]] and [[Feature~V13660~Dick Tracy~dicktracy]], Sorvino has been even more effective in comedy, notably as the Reverend Willie Williams, a flamboyant Jimmy Swaggart takeoff in Carl Reiner's [[Feature~V36056~Oh, God~ohgod]] (1978). And in the 1976 [[Performer~P27972~Elliott Gould~elliottgould]]-[[Performer~P96996~Diane Keaton~dianekeaton]] vehicle [[Feature~V24163~I Will, I Will...For Now~iwilliwillfornow]], Sorvino served up a near-autobiographical vignette in which he tearfully mimed to a recording of I Pagliacci. Squeezing as many TV appearances into his schedule as possible, Sorvino has starred in the weekly series [[Feature~V116141~We'll Get By~nousmaigrironsensemble]] (1975, as George Platt), [[Feature~V77346~Bert D'Angelo/Superstar~berthmarks]] (1976, in the title role) and The Oldest Rookie (1987, as Detective Ike Porter). In 1991, he took over from [[Performer~P20927~George Dzundza~georgedzundza]] on the popular series Law and Order, and in 1993 he subbed for the late Raymond Burr in a [[Feature~V37772~Perry Mason~perrymasonreturns]] TV movie. Additional scattered TV credits have included sporadic appearances as Bruce Willis' dad in Moonlighting, and the "Lamont" counterpart in the never-aired original pilot for [[Feature~V111075~Sanford and Son~songsandsaddles]]. Possessed of seemingly inexhaustible versatility, Sorvino played Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's [[Feature~V135504~Nixon~nixon]] (1995). Despite his many on-camera commitments, Sorvino has remained active in the theatre as both an actor and director. Paul Sorvino is the father of Oscar-winning actress [[Performer~P167475~Mira Sorvino~mirasorvino]]. In the years to come, Sorvino would remain active on screen, appearing in films like The Cooler and Mr. 3000. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi