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15 Dangerous, Bone-Chilling Things That Come From Paul Sorvino's Mouth

Updated on April 24, 2015
Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino

Paul Sorvino's start

The intimidating Paul Sorvino was born, April 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. I said "intimidating," for Sorvino stands 6' 2½" and all of it raw talent.

Paul Sorvino has carved-out a solid career of portraying authority figures. He originally dreamed of a life as an opera singer. He was exposed to dramatic arts while studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He furthered his studies with Sanford Meisner and eventually made his film debut in Where's Poppa? (1970).

Paul Sorvino, nearest camera, as "Paul Cicero,"  meets Robert De Niro, "James Conway," in GoodFellas.
Paul Sorvino, nearest camera, as "Paul Cicero," meets Robert De Niro, "James Conway," in GoodFellas.

Sorvino: A multi-talented actor.

Sorvino has starred or co-starred in a variety of films, television projects and theatrical productions over the last four decades. He received critical praise for his role in the Broadway play "That Championship Season", and reprised the role in the 1981 film alongside Robert Mitchum and Martin Sheen, plus a co-starring role, "Tommie Morolto," with Joe Viterelli, his brother, "Joey Morolto," in "The Firm," as two powerful mob figures who fly to Memphis to see "Mitch McDeere," played by Tom Cruise, their lawyer about some serious business concerns and in a standout performance as mob patriarch "Paul Cicero" in the powerhouse Goodfellas (1990).

I could have saved all of your time by saying that I have been a Paul Sorvino fan since I first watched him on the screen. He cannot do any role unless it is a role that calls for his character to be a tower of confidence and power. And with all of Sorvino's successful efforts, the formula is working quite well.

GoodFellas: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, front, Ray Liota and Paul Sorvino, back.
GoodFellas: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, front, Ray Liota and Paul Sorvino, back.
Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Prison scene from GoodFellas.
Prison scene from GoodFellas.
"Pauly Cicero" advises Henry Hill.
"Pauly Cicero" advises Henry Hill.
"Pauly Cicero" in barbecue scene from GoodFellas.
"Pauly Cicero" in barbecue scene from GoodFellas.
Sorvino in deep thought.
Sorvino in deep thought.
An upset "Cicero."
An upset "Cicero."
Sorvino as "Paul Cicero," advises Henry Hill, played by Ray Liota.
Sorvino as "Paul Cicero," advises Henry Hill, played by Ray Liota.
Sorvino just gets better with age.
Sorvino just gets better with age.
No matter the role, Sorvino gives it his all.
No matter the role, Sorvino gives it his all.

Sorvino's words are powerful.

And finally, Sorvino has "the" voice that you cannot avoid hearing. From the first word from his mouth, you are frozen into listening to what else he has to say--about anything. It could be the subject of "Do Elks in Alaska Have Nick-names?" or "Living on Oysters." Doesn't matter. You WILL listen. I know.

But concerning the things he says or will say, If I were around him a lot, I would live in anxiety about . . .

15 Dangerous, Bone-Chilling Things That Come From Paul Sorvino's Mouth

  1. "The mayor? I know all about the mayor. Or the "ex" mayor, I should be saying. Hey, I looked at him yesterday when I crossed the street--it's not my fault that he kicked-over!"
  2. "Clams? Again? I've had four cooks in the last two weeks and all of 'em served me CLAMS. Say, how do you like living in Sibera?"
  3. "What do you mean, 'Dickie,' I didn't have any change from the twenty I gave you? You skimmin' me?"
  4. "Got myself a new haircut and if hear one negative word, that's it! Hey, 'Tony L.,' did you just chuckle?
  5. "We got such a rat population in the alleys here in town. Think I'll go for a walk and take glimpses at them."
  6. "Ayeee, 'Mortie O.,' I was sleepin' last night and the Grim Reaper showed up and it was budda bing, budda boom, I looked at him and he started stammerin' and left without sayin' excuse me. Ohhhhhhh!"
  7. "Do my kids show me respect? Aye, all I have to do is "act" like I cleared my throat."
  8. "Guys, I tell ya', I can't go out in public anymore. I was walkin' to the liquor store yesterday and some jerk took a shot at me and the bullet bounced off my shoulder, but left a nasty rip in my $4500-dollar coat!"
  9. "Am I in the Mafia? The Mafia? Those guys are history. I tried to join five years ago and they black-listed me. Made me irritated. Do youse see any of them around?"
  10. "Ahhh, guys, I remember the first date I had with my wife, "Teena E.," The minute she opened the door to meet me, she passed out. Ohhhhh! But not for thinking I looked so good, it was she thought by the look on my face that I was miffed at somebody."
  11. "Yes, miss. I want to make a deposit. Ohhhhhhhh! What's this, you handin me $50,000.00, just for makin' a $500.00 deposit?"
  12. "Oh, yes, sir. I'd love to see your selection of newest hard tops. Whattyamean, take the one I like? Free? Take the keys?"
  13. "Yes, dear 'Teena E.,' I did see 'Chinko,' our cat yesterday. Oh, he was just scratching my leg and I glanced at him and kinda acted sick."
  14. "What are all of you kids doing standing in-line in front of me? Oh, youse thought by me raising my voice a little that I needed to talk to you."
  15. "Funny thing happened yesterday. I walked outside to get the paper and this teenage punk said a disrespectful thing at me, and I glared at him and now he's mowing our yard---FREE!"

"By the way, you there . . .yeah, you, the jerk writin' this hub . . . . . . . . . . .

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      QC 1983,

      You are correct in your analysis. Sure he can play a dry humor role, but I love him as Pauly. He did not have to work that hard on THE look on his face. Perfectly-executed.

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      Quentin Congress 

      3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Yes, he was and he also brought balance to DeNiro, Loita and Pesci's characters. Also, another favorite role he played was in "Money Talks" as Heather Locklear's dad. He was very hilarious.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      QC 1983,

      I have to agree with you 100%. To me, and no disrespect to De Niro or Liota, Sorvino was THE foundation of GoodFellas. And yes, he would make a great mobster.

      Question: how would he handle the role of a master chef on his own cooking show?

      Think about that one and visit with me often.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      c-m-hall,

      Thanks so much. I tell you it was tough thinking like Paul Sorvino. Tough. I appreciate your comment and pray that you have a safe and happy week ahead.

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      Quentin Congress 

      3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Paul Sorvino is one of the most underrated actors. If you didn't know any better, you would think he was actually the character that he's portraying on screen especially his character in "GoodFellas" you would've thought he was a real life mobster.

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      CMarie 

      3 years ago from York, Maine

      I like 7 and 8!!

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