Paul Sorvino’s widow told him ‘he was the last man standing’ among film mobsters before death

Dee Dee Sorvino said her husband, Paul, as the 'ultimate Renaissance man' and a 'true patriot' who loved his family, friends, and country

Dee Dee Sorvino said her husband, Paul, as the ‘ultimate Renaissance man’ and a ‘true patriot’ who loved his family, friends, and country

Paul Sorvino’s widow says the love of her life was the ‘ultimate Renaissance man’ and a ‘true patriot’ who loved his family, friends, and country.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Dee Dee Sorvino revealed how Paul, 83, was heartbroken over the loss of fellow mobster movie stars Ray Liotta and James Caan before his unexpected passing.

‘The last month was hard for Paul because Ray Liotta died and he took that hard,’ Dee Dee recalled. ‘Then James Caan died and he was very close to Jimmy as well, as he called him. It just bothered him a lot.’ 

Dee Dee, 55, shared how she told her husband he appeared to be the ‘last man standing’ of the old-time mobsters and even said she told a friend she knew she had to ‘protect Paul at all costs.’

She wants her husband to be remembered for his talents, kind heart and ‘red, white and blue patriotism,’ which included support for his longtime friend Donald Trump and fondness for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

‘He was truly a great American. He loved his country. He loved people. He loved his wife, his kids, his friends. He was the best,’ she said. ‘There will never be another Paul Sorvino, there just won’t be.’  

Although he was best known for his acting, Paul was musically inclined from a young age. He starred in films, TV shows and on Broadway, as well as being an accomplished opera singer. Earlier this month, he had been invited to be a contestant on the hit show The Masked Singer, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Paul died unexpectedly Monday at the age of 83, after having dealt with health issues over the past few years. He passed away from natural causes at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida with Dee Dee by his side. 

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Dee Dee Sorvino said she wants her husband to be remembered for his talents, kind heart and 'red, white and blue patriotism. Dee Dee and Paul are pictured together during the filming of the 2019 film Welcome to Acapulco

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Dee Dee Sorvino said she wants her husband to be remembered for his talents, kind heart and ‘red, white and blue patriotism. Dee Dee and Paul are pictured together during the filming of the 2019 film Welcome to Acapulco

Dee Dee shared how over the last month Paul, 83, was heartbroken over the loss of fellow mobster movie star Ray Liotta, noting 'he took that hard.' Paul and Liotta are pictured together in their 1990 film Goodfellas

Dee Dee shared how over the last month Paul, 83, was heartbroken over the loss of fellow mobster movie star Ray Liotta, noting ‘he took that hard.’ Paul and Liotta are pictured together in their 1990 film Goodfellas

Paul was also heartbroken by the death of James Caan who 'he was very close to.' Paul and Caan are pictured talking about the fixed college basketball game in a scene from the 1974 film The Gambler

Paul was also heartbroken by the death of James Caan who ‘he was very close to.’ Paul and Caan are pictured talking about the fixed college basketball game in a scene from the 1974 film The Gambler

Dee Dee said that like the entire mobster movie community, Paul was mourning after Liotta and Caan’s deaths. 

‘The last month was hard for Paul because Ray Liotta died and he took that hard, cause Ray was young,’ she said. ‘Paul was very close to Ray so that bothered him a lot.’

Liotta, who starred in Goodfellas with Paul, died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming Dangerous Waters, in May. He was 67.

The actress and political activist shared how Liotta and her husband were incredibly close, even noting that Paul had improvised the moment he slapped Liotta in Goodfellas.

‘A lot of people know this, but some don’t. When Paul slapped him in the movie, like “hey, you gotta pay attention” – that was improvised.

‘Ray didn’t know that was coming so when you watch that again you will laugh because Ray’s like “woah, ehh.” It’s so funny to watch knowing that.’

She added: ‘I would told him, “honey, you should tell people that because it’s hilarious.”‘

Paul and Dee Dee married in 2014 after a chance meeting on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News. The couple are pictured together in an undated photo

Paul and Dee Dee married in 2014 after a chance meeting on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News. The couple are pictured together in an undated photo

A classic: The star was best known for his role as Paul Cicero in the 1990 smash hit mobster movie Goodfellas with Ray Liotta, who also died this year, and Robert De Niro. From left, Liotta, De Niro, Sorvino and Joe Pesci

A classic: The star was best known for his role as Paul Cicero in the 1990 smash hit mobster movie Goodfellas with Ray Liotta, who also died this year, and Robert De Niro. From left, Liotta, De Niro, Sorvino and Joe Pesci

Dee Dee also shared how the recent deaths of Caan, who also appeared alongside Sorvino in The Gambler, and The Sopranos star Tony Sirico took a toll on him too.

‘I made the comment, “well, looks like you might be last man standing” as far as some of the old time mobsters, even though Ray wasn’t old,’ she said, recalling a conversation she and Paul had after learning Caan, 82, had died from a heart attack earlier this month.

‘Then Tony Sirico died,’ she added. ‘He just died too and it bothered Paul. And I think I even made a comment like “oh my gosh, I’m going to have to protect Paul at all costs” and then it happened.’

‘They say things happen in threes, but I guess this time they happened in fours.

‘Everybody is sad about it. If you’re a fan of mob movies, everybody’s in mourning. You’re just upset about it. You got hit with The Godfather, you got hit by Goodfellas and Sopranos,’ Dee Dee said.

‘I don’t think there are other mob shows that are more popular than those three and just recently have lost three major stars, and now Paul.

‘It is hard when someone you love dies, you just cannot even believe it. I am still in shock,’ she said through her tears. ‘He is so wonderful. It’s hard to talk about, but it’s good for people to know what a special man he was.’ 

‘Paul Sorvino is one of the greats, no doubt about it. And everyone knew it.’ 

Dee Dee, who just last month shared a photo of her husband holding a shotgun (pictured) on her Instagram page, also shared how he was a 'true patriot'

Dee Dee, who just last month shared a photo of her husband holding a shotgun (pictured) on her Instagram page, also shared how he was a ‘true patriot’ 

'Paul, I wouldn't say was very political, but he was very patriotic,' Dee Dee shared. 'He thought the right to bare arms was very important. He was in the military. He loves this country.'

‘Paul, I wouldn’t say was very political, but he was very patriotic,’ Dee Dee shared. ‘He thought the right to bare arms was very important. He was in the military. He loves this country.’

Dee Dee, who just last month shared a photo of her husband holding a shotgun on her Instagram page, also shared how he was a ‘true patriot.’ 

‘Paul, I wouldn’t say was very political, but he was very patriotic,’ Dee Dee shared. ‘He thought the right to bare arms was very important. He was in the military. He loves this country.’

‘Paul was a big Trump supporter and he loved DeSantis and he said, Donald Trump – he knew Donald for 30 years – and we met him at a meeting in LA and he was so great to Paul.

He goes: “There’s Paul Sorvino, the best actor in the world.” And the crowd went wild because you don’t see actors in crowds of Republicans very often. 

Dee Dee said she didn’t want to ‘put a label on Paul,’ but reiterated he was true to his country.

‘If he had a friend that was running for office, he would support the friend. He’s kinda mobster-like in that way. Weirdly, maybe he would even go liberal if it was a friend,’ she explained.

‘I wouldn’t vote for a liberal friend, because I am just a conservative. Paul on the other hand, if it was a friend, he would put the friendship over the policy, so that’s where Paul and I would differ a little bit.

‘He wasn’t that political where he wouldn’t support someone that he didn’t agree with totally. That’s just the way he was, he was a good loyal friend.’

She added that Paul thought the ‘gun issue may be the most important issue’ and was happy about Trump’s Supreme Court nominees.

‘That was just his opinion, but he respected everyone’s opinion. He thought it’s up to you what you want to believe, but at least believe in something. At least believe in your country. We may not agree on how to get there, but please love your country.’ 

Dee Dee (pictured with Paul) added that her husband thought the 'gun issue may be the most important issue' and was happy about Trump's Supreme Court nominees

Dee Dee (pictured with Paul) added that her husband thought the ‘gun issue may be the most important issue’ and was happy about Trump’s Supreme Court nominees

Dee Dee and Paul dated for a year before he spontaneously asked her to marry him while the pair were celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with some colleagues. They are pictured together in an undated photo

Dee Dee and Paul dated for a year before he spontaneously asked her to marry him while the pair were celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with some colleagues. They are pictured together in an undated photo

Paul Sorvino and Dee Dee Sorvino attend the Mary Poppins Returns screening after party on December 17, 2018 in New York City

Paul Sorvino and Dee Dee Sorvino attend the Mary Poppins Returns screening after party on December 17, 2018 in New York City

Dee Dee also shared how Paul was treated like a mobster all throughout New York City. He had grown up in Brooklyn.

‘Vito Corleone has nothing on Paul,’ she joked, referencing the infamous character from The Godfather. ‘Not the killing part, but people just reacted to him like a boss all of the time. 

‘They thought he was the real mob boss. Maybe it was just the fantasy of it, but it was crazy. You’d think Elvis came back to life when Paul was walking around New York.’

Dee Dee shared how one time police officers came running after her and Paul and they looked at each other, questioning what they had done wrong. But when the cops approached them, they asked Paul for an autograph.

‘That stuff would happen all the time,’ she said. ‘”Mr S. What can we get for you?” And security would just go over and guard Paul, I think just because they wanted to.

‘He had that presence. He had the presence where you’re not going to mess with Paul.  And Paul wanted things his way. He was very particular and he had no problem asking and he always got his way. It’s just funny.’

‘He was really a softie, even though he played these mob roles,’ Dee Dee revealed. ‘He was really the sweetest person you would ever know. Very kindhearted, really wonderful.

‘It didn’t matter though because when he walked in people assumed and they treated him like a boss, like a president, like someone with great power – an emperor. That is how they treated Paul Sorvino. It was magical.’

Dee Dee also shared how Paul was treated like a mobster all throughout New York City. ‘Vito Corleone has nothing on Paul,' she joked.' Paul is pictured in the 1990 film Goodfellas

Dee Dee also shared how Paul was treated like a mobster all throughout New York City. ‘Vito Corleone has nothing on Paul,’ she joked.’ Paul is pictured in the 1990 film Goodfellas

Ray Liotta, Martin Scorcese and Paul Sorvino attend the screening of Goodfellas on September 17, 1990 at Mann Bruin Theater in Westwood, California

Ray Liotta, Martin Scorcese and Paul Sorvino attend the screening of Goodfellas on September 17, 1990 at Mann Bruin Theater in Westwood, California

Paul and Dee Dee married in 2014 after a chance meeting on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News.

They dated for a year before he spontaneously asked her to marry him while the pair were celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with some colleagues.

‘We were at the producer’s house and he just said: “I can’t take it anymore. Will you marry me?”‘ Dee Dee recalled, noting how he hadn’t even purchased a ring yet.

‘He burst out and said “I just couldn’t wait anymore.” He was so happy.’

The pair purchased rings the next day and had a quiet engagement. 

They ended up getting married in a ‘brief, but really great ceremony’ in front of the fountain at Lincoln Center in New York. Dee Dee had called a friend from Brooklyn, who was a judge, to aid in their ‘super secret mission.’

‘It was perfect,’ she recalled. ‘People would always ask us what’s they key to a happy marriage and Paul would say “we put each other first.” And we did.

‘I always put Paul first and I wanted to because I loved him so much. And he always put me first.’

Dee Dee said the pair were happy for the entirety of their eight-year marriage and reiterated that Paul was ‘the love of my life.’

Paul, speaking about Dee Dee in an interview a few years back, echoed the sentiment: ‘She was sent to me by god, she was the love of my life, when I met her there was an aura of light around her head, I felt that was my mother telling me she is the one.’

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