Famous actor Paul Sorvino, who played major roles in "Goodfellas" and "Law & Order", dies at 83.

Paul Sorvino, a veteran actor best known for his portrayals of crooks and cops in "Goodfellas" and "Law & Order," has passed away. 

According to Roger Neal, his publicist, he died of natural causes on Monday morning in Indiana.

The actor often said that while his most famous roles were as gangsters, his real passions were poetry, painting, and opera. 

He was born in Brooklyn in 1939. His mother taught him the piano, and his father was a foreman at a robe factory.

From an early age, Sorvino developed a passion for music and theater while attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York

In 1964, he debuted on Broadway in "Bajour" and in 1970, he made his film debut in "Where's Poppa?" directed by Carl Reiner.

He has three children from his first marriage, including Academy Award-winning actor Mira Sorvino. 

In a statement, his wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, 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 stage."