Locals ponder Paul Sorvino’s connections to the Poconos, Scranton

Paul Sorvino arrives at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 20, 2018.  Sorvino, an imposing actor who specializes in playing crooks and cops like Paulie Cicero"Goodfellas" and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta "law & order," died.  He was 83.

“Goodfellas” would probably always have been the first thing Paul Sorvino would be remembered for – no matter how many roles he has played on stage, screen and television, no matter how many other careers he has had, from opera singer to painter to poet and pasta sauce entrepreneur, he explored a rich public life.

But the sad, striking coincidence that Sorvino, who died Monday morning at the age of 83, almost exactly two months to the day after the unexpected death of his “Goodfellas” co-star Ray Liotta at 26, is on everyone’s lips – if it is that wasn’t already.

However, local residents who know that Sorvino’s ties to Scranton and Poconos date back to the 1980s may disagree. You better remember his kindness and larger than life personality.

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