Actor Bruce MacVittie has died at the age of 65 according to a report by The Daily mail. MacVittie’s wife, Carol Ochs, confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying that he died of an unknown cause at the hospital in New York City on May 7.
MacVittie was known for roles in The Sopranos and Law & Order, also had roles in As The World Turns, Sex and the City, Miami Vice, The Stand, L.A. Law, Oz, and many other TV shows.
The actor is remembered for starring in films like Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos, most famously, but he was also accomplished as a theatre actor and worked with Al Pacino on Broadway and in the West End.
Reading that the great veteran actor Bruce MacVittie died. I best remember him from a spellbinding ep of NBC’s Homicide in which his character pushes @vincentdonofrio’s character under a train. Still among the best network tv I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/MYI2bBK4ZL via @YouTube pic.twitter.com/6whLXj9WYD
— Lee Bey (@LEEBEY) May 13, 2022
“I loved Bruce MacVittie,” Pacino told The New York Times. “His performances were always glistening and crackling; a heart and a joy to watch. He was the embodiment of the struggling actor in New York City, and he made it work. We will miss him.”
“Bruce carried this currency, especially for young actors then like me, that he’d worked onstage with Pacino,” Bobby Cannavale told the New York Times. “The fact that he’d elevated to that role as a ‘cover’ made it even more heroic.”
I met the great Bruce MacVittie shortly after this. We’ve worked together often. He was a beautiful, honest actor and man. The real deal. Sending love to his friends and family. https://t.co/bP07qWyEaj
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) May 12, 2022
Evan Handler, who plays Charlotte York’s husband Harry Goldenblatt in the hit HBO shows “Sex and the City” and “And Just Like That” paid tribute to his former co-star: “I met Bruce MacVittie more than forty years ago. We worked and played together repeatedly, as actors, and as friends, throughout the ensuing decades,” he wrote in a tweet.
In a follow-up tweet, the actor said he remembered how MacVittie was by his side during his “life-threatening illness” in the ’80s: “The unflinching presence he granted anyone in need, no matter how dire or terrifying their circumstances,” he wrote. “Please let your friends know you love them, and let them know you’re as available as Bruce always was.”
the hrs he spent at my bedside throughout my life-threatening illness in ’85-’89, the months he spent caring for ill & dying friends throughout ’21, & the unflinching presence he granted anyone in need, no matter how dire or terrifying their circumstances.
— Evan Handler (@EvanHandler) May 12, 2022
MacVittie is survived by his wife and their daughter, Sophia Oliva Ochs MacVittie.