Always a critical favorite and he just seemed like a nice, approachable guy when I saw him in interviews, Sorvino was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1939. It wasn't until 1970 that the acting bug really sunk its teeth into the talent, and a wealth of quality projects soon followed.
As for his genre appearances?
- In 1973, he found the silver screen opposite the great George C. Scott in the oft-overlooked SciFi/Drama The Day Of The Dolphin for AVCO Embassy Pictures.
- In 1977, he shared the screen with no less than John Denver and George Burns in the popular Fantasy/Comedy of its day, Oh, God! for Warner Bros.
- In 1985, the bizarre works of genre great Larry Cohen found its influence on the man's career, and he joined the cast of the SciFi/Horror The Stuff for Larco Productions. That same year, he also enjoyed a guest spot aboard one of Wes Craven's forgotten telefilms, Chiller.
- In 1990, the Walt Disney Company cast an incredible ensemble of big names to bring their screen incarnation of Dick Tracy to life, and Sorvino rounded out the players in the guise of 'Lips Manlis.'
- In 1991, he joined another Walt Disney adaptation: The Rocketeer sought to bring Dave Stevens' comic book here into the lights and shadows, and Sorvino was cast as 'Eddie Valentine.'
While that list is not all-inclusive, it certainly highlights many of the bigger properties, and all of them -- to a letter -- clearly benefitted by having Sorvino's gifts along for their respective rides.
Our prayers are extended to the family and friends of the late Mr. Sorvino. May be forever rest in peace.