Paul Sorvino is a massive actor who excelled in the role of police and crooks like Paulie Cicero from "Goodfellas"

NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerretta on "Law & Order," is dead. He was 83

The publicist for his client Roger Neal said he died early on Monday morning on the state of Indiana from natural causes.

"Our hearts have broken. There is no Paul Sorvino. He was my lover of my life.

as well as one of the most renowned entertainers to appear on stage and screen," his wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, said in an announcement.

In his 50+ time in entertainment industry Sorvino was a major player in both television and film as he played the role of an Italian American communist in Warren Beatty's "Reds," Henry Kissinger in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" and mob boss Eddie Valentine in "The Rocketeer."

He would often state that, while he may be most well-known for his role as a gangster but his true passions were painting, poetry, and opera.

The native of Brooklyn in 1939, to an educator mother and a father who worked as an foreman at the robe manufacturing plant, Sorvino was a musical person from an early age.

He also attended and graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York where he fell for theatre.

. The actor made his Broadway debut the following year with "Bajour" and his film debut was in the film of Carl Reiner "Where's Poppa?" in 1970.

Sorvino has three sons from his previous marriage which included Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino.

He also acted as director and actor in the film written by his child Amanda Sorvino and featuring his son Michael Sorvino.

He was happy for his daughter, and wept when she was awarded the award for the best actress supporting Oscar in the film "Mighty Aphrodite" in 1996.

He told the Los Angeles Times that night that he couldn't find the words to express what the feeling was.