Mira Sorvino opens up after the death of her father, ‘Goodfellas’ actor Paul Sorvino

A man wearing a pinstriped suit and tie looks at the camera.
Paul Sorvino died Monday at 83 years old.
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Mira Sorvino, who followed in her father’s footsteps to become an actor, opened up on social media after Paul Sorvino died Monday at the age of 83.

She tweeted Monday afternoon that her heart had been “rent asunder” at the passing of the “Goodfellas” actor.

“My father the great Paul Sorvino has passed,” she tweeted. “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.”


On Instagram, she posted a captionless, black square.

Movie fans also resurfaced footage of Mira accepting the Oscar for supporting actress for her role in “Mighty Aphrodite.” She used her acceptance speech to praise her father, who was moved to tears while sitting in the audience.

“When you give me this award, you honor my father Paul Sorvino, who has taught me everything I know about acting,” Mira said onstage as the camera showed her dad. “I love you very much, Dad.”

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Sorvino’s wife, Dee Dee, also shared a brief tribute on her Instagram beneath a selfie of her and her husband.

“I am completely devastated,” she captioned. “The love of my life & the most wonderful man who has ever lived is gone. I am heartbroken.”

Sorvino’s publicist said the accomplished actor died of natural causes at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., after suffering from various health issues.

Sorvino was a mainstay in films and television for more than 50 years, playing an Italian American communist in Warren Beatty’s “Reds,” Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” and mob boss Eddie Valentine in “The Rocketeer.” But he said that while he may be best known for playing gangsters, his real passions were poetry, painting and opera.

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“I draw and paint almost every day,” he told The Times in 1997. “I’m doing a study of the actress Carol Alt right now, who is a buddy. If Mira is in town, we love to go to museums together, especially if there are special shows at the L.A. County Museum or the Getty. There is a fabulous Rembrandt at the Getty that is burned into my memory. I’m also a professional opera singer. I enjoy listening to recordings and I sing every day.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.