Paul Sorvino, RIP

 

Paul Sorvino and Mira Sorvino at Giffoni Film Festival 2013 – on July 20, 2013 (GIO_LE / Shutterstock)

I’m pretty much retired as the unofficial Ricochet obituarist, but I can not let the passing of actor Paul Sorvino go by the boards. Well, yes, I can. Because I really can’t say much about him as an actor. There are no roles of his that truly stand out for me. But the most important role was that of proud papa.

In 1996 when his daughter Mira won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Mighty Aphrodite she thanked her parents, but particularly her father. He was, in turn, a blubbering mess. His money, his fame, his politics – everything but the love he felt for her at that moment – was irrelevant.

When he heard that serial sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein once made a move on her he was very blunt with TMZ on the situation:

“He’s going to go to jail. Oh yeah. That son of a bitch. Good for him if he goes, because if not, he has to meet me. And I will kill the motherf****r. Real simple.

“If I had known it, he would not be walking. He’d be in a wheelchair.”

He was every good dad.

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

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. (Pro. 20:7)

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  1. navyjag Coolidge
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    Since I don’t watch movies or TV barely knew who this guy was. And no memory of his daughter. Maybe if they were in a war movie or something Eastwood wrote would be different. But sounds like a very talented guy. With talented kids. Pretty good life. 

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  2. E. Kent Golding Member
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    I read somewhere once  that Mira was an intentional and active Christian.   Another good reflection on Paul.

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  3. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    I don’t know these people, so many thanks for introducing them. From my own experience, being dad is not just the most important thing in life; it’s so important that nothing else really matters.

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  4. Seawriter Contributor
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    I don’t know these people, so many thanks for introducing them. From my own experience, being dad is not just the most important thing in life; it’s so important that nothing else really matters.

    Only if you are doing it right.

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  5. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    EJHill:

    When he heard that serial sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein once made a move on her he was very blunt with TMZ on the situation:

    “He’s going to go to jail. Oh yeah. That son of a bitch. Good for him if he goes, because if not, he has to meet me. And I will kill the motherf****r. Real simple.

    “If I had known it, he would not be walking. He’d be in a wheelchair.”

    Perfectly reasonable.

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I knew who he was and Mira was a gem. I always enjoyed seeing both of them on the screen. 

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  7. Stad Coolidge
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    I liked Mira in The Last Templar . . .

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  8. J Climacus Member
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    EJHill:

    Paul Sorvino and Mira Sorvino at Giffoni Film Festival 2013 – on July 20, 2013 (GIO_LE / Shutterstock)

    I’m pretty much retired as the unofficial Ricochet obituarist, but I can not let the passing of actor Paul Sorvino go by the boards. Well, yes I can. Because I really can’t say much about him as an actor. There are no roles of his that truly stand out for me. But the most important role was that of proud papa.

    He didn’t have a huge role, but I thought Sorvino was excellent in Good Fellas

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  9. W Bob Member
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    I always remembered him best from his Bob Tilton-esque role in Oh God. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPgV4d4ZmZo

     

     

     

     

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  10. J Climacus Member
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    W Bob (View Comment):

    I always remembered him best from his Bob Tilton-esque role in Oh God.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPgV4d4ZmZo

     

     

     

     

    “God’s Own Quarterback”

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  11. Caryn Thatcher
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    He was interviewed (and, IIRC, sang) in an early episode of the short-lived, but excellent Mark Steyn Show.  I’ll see if I can find it and post a link if it’s available.  He came across as a warm and quite nice gentleman.  Sad to lose such; they are increasingly rare.

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  12. Caryn Thatcher
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    Here’s the song:

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  13. Hoyacon Member
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    I will always remember him slicing garlic with a razor blade while prepping a nice Italian meal in prison in Goodfellas.

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  14. BastiatJunior Member
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    Last night, Greg Gutfeld ran a tape of an appearance by Paul Sorvino on his show.  

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