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Brooklyn born actor Paul Sorvino has acted on stage, on television and in film and is best known for his role as Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995).
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Actor. Born April 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian immigrants. Listening to the voices of Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza on his family's phonograph as a child, Sorvino dreamed of being a singer. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 1962, he found work singing at charity balls, billed as "The Romantic Voice of Val Sorvino." He made his Broadway debut in 1964 in Bajour, then dropped out of showmanship completely to become vice president of an advertising agency.
In 1970, Sorvino made his film debut in the comedy Where's Poppa? and went on to find a generous amount of TV work, appearing in the sitcom Welcome Mat, the police drama Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, and the gripping TV-movie Dummy. Often playing rough, urban characters, Sorvino won critical acclaim for his work in Nixon (1995), portraying Henry Kissinger; GoodFellas; and the TV version of That Championship Season, which he also directed. In 1991, he joined the cast of NBC's Law & Order as Detective Sergeant Phil Cerreta but left shortly after to pursue opera singing. He has since appeared in several films, including The Firm, Romeo + Juliet, and Bullworth.
Sorvino has three children, Mira, Amanda, and Michael, with his first wife, Lorraine. His daughter, Mira, is a successful actress in her own right, appearing in such films as Summer of Sam and Mighty Aphrodite, for which she won an Academy Award. A severe asthmatic, Sorvino has written books on the subject and founded the Sorvino Asthma Foundation. Singing is his first love, but he also paints and sculpts as hobbies.
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