Actress Mira Sorvino has paid tribute to her father – ‘talented and generous’ Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino – who died aged 83.

The actor played Paul Cicero in the classic 1990 crime film alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, as well as Sergeant Phil Cerreta in the TV series Law & Order.

Sorvino died Monday of “natural causes” with his wife Dee Dee Sorvino by his side, after dealing with health issues for the past few years.

A statement released by Sorvino’s publicist, Roger Neal, on behalf of his wife, said: “Our hearts are broken, there will never be another Paul Sorvino, he was the love of my life and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and the stage.”

His daughter and actress Mira described him as “the most wonderful father” in a moving tribute on social media.

She wrote on Twitter: “My father, the great Paul Sorvino has passed away. My heart is torn – a life of love, joy and wisdom with him is over.

“He was the most wonderful dad. I love him so much. Sending you love to the stars dad as you go up.

Bracco, who starred alongside Sorvino in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, wrote in her tribute that she was “so sad” to hear of his passing while offering condolences to his family and loved ones.

Law and Order director Vincent D’Onofrio said the actor always treated him “like a younger brother”.

Paul and Dee Dee Sorvino (Neal Public Relations/PA)

“I will miss Paul, Mira,” he wrote in response to Ms Sorvino’s tweet.

“My heart goes out to you. Your father always treated me like a little brother.

“I will never forget Paul Sorvino.”

Actor Chazz Palminteri, who starred in A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, said he was heartbroken by the news.

“I lost my good friend Paul Sorvino, a true Renaissance man,” he said.

“Actor, writer, director, opera singer, sculptor…He was one of a kind…Rest in peace my friend, the world will miss you.”

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin wrote, “I feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with the great Paul Sorvino.

“And now I’m so sad to hear of his passing. Not only was he kind, he was so talented and generous as an actor.

“Sending my love to Mira and the rest of the family. He will definitely be missed. TEAR UP.”

Actor Brent Spiner also sent his condolences to Mira and her family following the news, describing Sorvino as “very talented” and “nice to be around”.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on April 13, 1939, Sorvino started out as a copywriter at an advertising agency, but attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and decided to pursue acting.

Sorvino made his Broadway debut in the musical Bajour in 1964 and six years later appeared in his first film, Where’s Poppa?

In 1971, Sorvino had a supporting role in the drama film The Panic In Needle Park with Al Pacino.

He also received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Jason Miller’s 1972 Broadway play That Championship Season, later reprising the role in the feature version.

Sorvino also had a notable supporting role in the Academy Award-winning film A Touch Of Class.

However, he was best known for playing the role of Paul Cicero, aka Big Pauly, in Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas.

Oscars Vanity Fair Paul Sorvino
Actor Paul Sorvino (William Conran/PA)

He also starred in a string of films including Nixon, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, For The Love Of Money, Reds, and Oh, God!

Sorvino married his wife, actress and television host Dee Dee, in 2014 after a chance meeting on the Fox News Channel network show Neil Cavuto.

The actor is survived by his wife, three adult children Mira, Amanda, Michael and five grandchildren.

Sorvino’s death is the latest in a string of recent high-profile actor deaths in the gangster film genre.

Tony Sirico, James Caan and Liotta have all passed away within the last three months.