His wife, three children, Mira, Amanda, Michael and five grandchildren were left behind.
Sorvino showed musical talent from an early age and, while studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, he developed a love of theater.
He was born in Brooklyn in 1939 to a mother who was a piano teacher and foreman in a clothing factory. He made his Broadway debut in “Bajour” in 1964, and his film debut in Where’s Poppa? by Carl Reiner? in 1970.
In his 50-year career, Sorvino played a mafia boss in The Rocketeer, Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” and an Italian-American Communist in Warren Beatty’s Reds.