Paul Sorvino, 83, joins list of mobster celebs who’ve died in 2022

This week marked yet another entry into an especially bad year for Hollywood gangsters as it was announced Paul Sorvino had passed away at the age of 83.

Sorvino was known for many roles — playing characters on both sides of the law throughout his career — but it’s safe to say that most know the legendary actor from his role as “Paulie,” the mild-mannered, extremely powerful mafia leader from Goodfellas.

Given his long list of amazing accomplishments in both television and cinema, it’s no surprise that tributes to Sorvino began rolling in within minutes of the announcement of his death, which was made by his daughter, Mira Sorvino, herself an actress.

“My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed. My heart is rent asunder- a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over. He was the most wonderful father. I love him so much. I’m sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend,” Mira Sorvino tweeted.

Sorvino’s death came in the wake of the death of three other famous television and movie gangsters, including Ray Liotta, James Caan, and most recently, Paulie Gualtieri, who played “Paulie Walnuts” on HBO’s mobster mega-hit, The Sopranos.

In addition to his wife, Sorvino is survived by children Mira, Amanda and Michael, and 5 grandchildren.