A Great Run

vic fortezza
2 min readJul 26, 2022

RIP Paul Sorvino, 83, consummate actor at home on the stage or big or small screen. Born in Brooklyn, a classmate of artist Peter Max and Larry King at Lafayette H.S., he learned to work around asthma. His career spanned 1964 to the present, his final works to be released posthumously, his earliest work on Broadway. There are 179 titles under his name at IMDb. He put in a season each on Law & Order and That’s Life, and starred in a few other series that did not take off. Never nominated for an Oscar or Emmy, he received a Tony nom in 1973 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, That Championship Season, a role he reprised in a 1999 TV production. Here are memorable films in which he appeared: Where’s Poppa? (1970), The Gambler (1974), Oh, God (1977), The Brink’s Job 1978), I, the Jury (1982), Dick Tracy (1990), Goodfellas (1990), The Firm (1993), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Perfume (2001). He played Gloucester in a 1974 PBS production of King Lear done by the New York Shakespeare Festival. He did guest shots on many popular prime-time shows, including The Streets of San Francisco, Moonlighting, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Elementary and The Goldbergs. He was an enthusiastic opera singer, painter, sculptor and cook. He was the Founder of Paul Sorvino Foods, an International Food Company, and the Paul Sorvino Asthma Foundation, and the Dogfellas Dog Adoption organization. Married three times, he is a father of three. Awesome run, goombah. Thank you. Photo from Google Images:

Ah, youth. Headline from nypost.com: “Naked couple filmed having rooftop sex during record heatwave.” Since this is a family-friendly blog, no pics.

More fodder for deaf ears, excerpt from NYP editorial on climate paranoia: “… fires in London have dropped dramatically since 2008, despite rising temperatures.”

No sense citing specifics on the chaos afflicting America at present. Maybe those with blinders in place are to be envied.

Not only was it considerably cooler, there was cloud cover the entire session of the floating book shop, making for a pleasant stay. My thanks to Shelley, who bought Ruby by V. C. Andrews, and to the burly gentleman who selected The Casablanca Cookbook: Wining and Dining at Rick’s by Sarah Key, Jennifer Newman Brazil, et al., and DVDs of George of the Jungle (1997) and Lionelville (2009); and to the woman who purchased Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark, and two novels by Barbara Taylor Bradford: A Secret Affair and Everything to Gain; and to the burly guy who donated two books and a DVD.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.