Paul Sorvino

BirthDay:

13 Apr 1939

BirthPlace:

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Bio:

Tall, dark and imposing American actor Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother, Angela (Renzi), was a piano teacher, of Italian descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian immigrant who worked in a robe factory as a foreman. Paul originally had his heart set on a life as an opera singer. He was exposed to dramatic arts while studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He furthered his studies with Sanford Meisner and eventually made his film debut in Where's Poppa? (1970).

Sorvino suffered from severe asthma, and worked hard at mastering various breathing techniques to manage the illness. He wrote a best-selling book entitled "How to Become a Former Asthmatic". He also started the Sorvino Asthma Foundation based in New York City.

Sorvino has appeared in a variety of film, TV and theatrical productions over the the last four decades. He received critical praise for his role in the Broadway play "That Championship Season", and played the role again in the 1981 film alongside Robert Mitchum and Martin Sheen. Other noteworthy performances during the 1980s and 1990s included a stressed-out police chief in Cruising (1980), Mike Hammer's cop buddy in I, the Jury (1982), "Lips Manlis" in Dick Tracy (1990) with James Caan and in a standout performance as mob patriarch "Paul Cicero" in the powerhouse Goodfellas (1990).

Always keeping himself busy, Sorvino has performed in nearly 50 movies just in the past decade, including a dynamic and under-appreciated portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995), as "Fulgencio Capulet" in the updated Romeo + Juliet (1996) and in the Las Vegas thriller The Cooler (2003).

Sorvino is the proud father of Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino.
Filmography

Actor ( 162 credits )

Executor (2017) Father Antonio
Oldfellas (2017) Nostrils
My Jurassic Place (2017) Duncan Grayson
The Last Poker Game (2017) Phil
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
The Red Maple Leaf (2016) Joseph Palermo
The Brooklyn Banker (2016) Benny
The Bronx Bull (2016) Giuseppe LaMotta
Precious Mettle (2016) Frank
The Bandit Hound (2016) Chief Burton
Kidnapped in Romania (2016) Alexandru Damian / Don Ciro
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival (2016) God
Undercover Grandpa (2016) Giovanni
Father (2016) Danny
Welcome to Acapulco (2016) Campbell
Careful What You Wish For (2015)
Cold Deck (2015) Chips
Sicilian Vampire (2015) Jimmy Scambino
Price for Freedom (2015) Shah of Iran
No Deposit (2015) Alfie
The Hybrids Family (2015) The Count
Lost Cat Corona (2015) Uncle Sam
In the Seats with Kristina (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Grandfathered (2015)  Jack Martino (2 episodes, 2016)
Untitled Triumph/McBrayer Sitcom (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
A Winter Rose (2014) Skippy
A Place for Heroes (2014) Vincent
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
A Winter Rose (2014)  Skippy
ADTV (Attention Deficit Television) (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Immigrant (2013) Yeshiva Principal
Once Upon a Time in Queens (2013) Joe Scoleri
How Sweet It Is (2013) Big Mike
The Cinema Couch (2013)  Himself - guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Goldbergs (2013)  Ben 'Pop Pop' Goldberg (1 episode, 2014)
Divorce Invitation (2012) Daniel Miller
Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed (2012) Himself
For the Love of Money (2012) Red Parker
The Devil's Carnival (2012) God
The Trouble with Cali (2012) Ivan
Elementary (2012)  Robert Pardillo (1 episode, 2014)
On Set: Jersey Shore Shark Attack (2012) Himself
God Don't Make the Laws (2011) Lewis
Night Club (2011) Himself
Kill the Irishman (2011) Tony Salerno
Framelines (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Miller's Tale (2011) Himself
Mineville (2010) Jacob Laremy
Lily of the Feast (2010) Benny
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Wild Stallion (2009) Nolan
We All Fall Down: The American Mortgage Crisis (2009) Himself - Narrator
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Russian Tenors (2009)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Rotti Largo
Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008) Ledudal
Last Hour (2008) Maitre Steinfeld
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies (2008) Himself
Wives' Tales (2008) (unknown episodes)
Greetings from the Shore (2007) Catch Turner
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears (archive footage) (1 e
5 Second Movies (2007)  Paulie Cicero (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Mr. Fix It (2006) Wally
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2004) Charlie
Mr 3000 (2004) Gus Panas
Jack & Bobby (2004)  President Eugene Lorio (1 episode, 2004)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Cooler (2003) Buddy Stafford
Mambo Italiano (2003) Gino Barberini
Tussen de sterren (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Ciao America (2002) Antonio Primavera
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) Scheck (voice)
Still Standing (2002)  Al Miller (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
Longshot (2001) Laszlo Pryce
Plan B (2001) Joe Maloni
Witches to the North (2001) Gallio
See Spot Run (2001) Sonny Talia
Perfume (2001) Lorenzo Mancini
Rhode Island Blue (2001)
I Love 1990's (2001)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 2001)
The Family Man (2000) Sydney Potter (scenes deleted)
The Amati Girls (2000) Joe
That's Life (2000)  Frank DeLucca (35 episodes, 2000-2002)
Cavuto on Business (2000)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Celebrity Dish (2000)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Scriptfellas (1999) Paulie
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Harlem Aria (1999) Fabiano Grazzi
Knock Off (1998) Harry Johanson
Bulworth (1998) Graham Crockett
Dead Broke (1998) Harvey
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Big House (1998)  Narrator
Men with Guns (1997) Horace Burke
Most Wanted (1997) CIA Deputy Director Kenny Rackmill
American Perfekt (1997) Sheriff Frank Noonan
Money Talks (1997) Guy Cipriani
Vibe (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Romeo + Juliet (1996) Fulgencio Capulet
Love Is All There Is (1996) Piero Malacici
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Nixon (1995) Henry Kissinger
Cover Me (1995) J.J. Davis
Backstreet Justice (1994) Captain Phil Giarusso
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994) (1 episode, 1997)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
Behind Bars (1994)  Host (Episodes 26-50) (unknown episodes)
The Firm (1993) Tommie Morolto (uncredited)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1993-1995)
Age Isn't Everything (1991) Max
The Rocketeer (1991) Eddie Valentine
Goodfellas (1990) Paul Cicero
Dick Tracy (1990) Lips Manlis
Law & Order (1990)  Sergeant Phil Cerreta (31 episodes, 1991-1992)
DMZ (1990)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)  Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko (1 episode, 1994)
The Oldest Rookie (1987)  Det. Ike Porter (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) Gino
A Fine Mess (1986) Tony Pazzo
Very Close Quarters (1986) Kiril
The Stuff (1985) Colonel Malcolm Grommett Spears
Turk 182! (1985) Himself
Moonlighting (1985)  David Addison Sr. (1 episode, 1986)
National Geographic Explorer (1985)  Narrator (1 episode, 1993)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)  Al Sidell (1 episode, 1989)
Off the Wall (1983) Warden Nicholas F. Castle
That Championship Season (1982) Phil Romano
I, the Jury (1982) Detective Pat Chambers
Melanie (1982) Walter
Reds (1981) Louis Fraina
Today's F.B.I. (1981)  Pete Kositchek (1 episode, 1981)
Cruising (1980) Capt. Edelson
Lost and Found (1979) Reilly
The Brink's Job (1978) Jazz Maffie
Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978) Lou Friedlander
Bloodbrothers (1978) Chubby De Coco
Everyday (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1979)
Oh, God! (1977) Reverend Willie Williams
I Will... I Will... For Now (1976) Lou Springer
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (1976)  Sergeant Bert D'Angelo / ... (12 episodes, 1976)
We'll Get By (1975)  George Platt (12 episodes, 1975)
Angel and Big Joe (1975) Big Joe
The Gambler (1974) Hips
Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue (1974) Ring
The Day of the Dolphin (1973) Curtis Mahoney
A Touch of Class (1973) Walter Menkes
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972) Taxi Driver
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)  Sgt. Bert D'Angelo (1 episode, 1976)
Made for Each Other (1971) Gig's Father
Cry Uncle (1971) Coughing Cop
The Panic in Needle Park (1971) Samuels
Great Performances (1971)  Gloucester (1 episode, 1974)
Where's Poppa? (1970) Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Insight (1960) (1 episode, 1979)
Falling (0) Jim
Detours (0) Joe
Inheritance (0)
Beneath the Leaves (0) Captain Parker

Producer ( 3 credits )

The Brooklyn Banker (2016) associate producer
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival (2016) executive producer
Mineville (2010) executive producer

Director ( 2 credits )

The Trouble with Cali (2012)
That's Life (2000) (2 episodes, 2001-2002)