Apr. 13th, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Tall, dark and imposing Italian-American actor, Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures. He originally had his heart set on a life as an opera singer. He was exposed to dramatic arts while studying at the New York Music and Dramatic Academy. 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 The Gambler (1974) with James Caan (I) 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.
- In July 2004 he was awarded the "Premio per gli Italiani nel Mondo" at a ceremony in Rome. The prize is distributed by the Marzio Tremaglia Foundation and the Italian government to Italian emigrants and their descendants who have distinguished themselves abroad. At the ceremony he performed the Neapolitan song "Torna a Surriento" with tenor 'Andrea Bocelli' (qv).
- Has severe asthma. Started the Sorvino Asthma Foundation
- Italian-American, of Neapolitan descent (Naples, Italy).
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for 'Jason Miller (I)' (qv)'s "That Championship Season."
- Shares birthday with 'Ron Perlman' (qv).
- Is an enthusiastic opera singer, painter, sculptor, and cook
- His budding career was threatened when asthma compromised his ability to talk and sing. But the breathing exercises he learned thirty years ago have allowed him to breathe normally ever since.
- Founded the Dogfellas Dog Adoption organization in February of 2002 with his family. It is based in Manhattan and Pennsylvania.
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