Goodfellas actor paul sorvino has died at the age of 83

Paul Sorvino, who played gangster Paulie Cicero in the classic mob film Goodfellas

He has died at age 83, a spokesman for the actor said Monday.

paul sorvino, also known for playing police sergeant Phil Serrata on the 1990s TV series Law & Order.

he has worked in film and television for more than 50 years.

He died of natural causes at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, the spokesman said.

His wife Dee Di Sorvino wrote on Twitter, I am absolutely devastated.

The love of my life and the most wonderful person I have ever been is gone. My heart is broken.

Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Sorvino studied music and originally wanted to be an opera singer before turning to acting.

sorvino long career included roles in the Broadway play That Championship Season and the 1982 film adaptation.

Other film credits included Dick Tracy, Nixon and Reds.

Sorvino was the father of three children, including actor Mira Sorvino, 

who thanked her father while accepting his Academy Award for the 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite.