Actor Bruce MacVittie has died at the age of 65.
The Sopranos and Law & Order star passed away in hospital last weekend, his grieving family confirmed on Thursday.
MacVittie’s wife, Carol Ochs, confirmed his death to the New York Times, stating that he died of an unknown cause at a New York City hospital on May 7.
Fans will remember the character actor for starring in movies like Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos.
The star of The Sopranos and Law & Order Bruce MacVittie dies at 65: the actor’s devastated wife confirms that he died in hospital of unknown causes
He also had roles on As The World Turns, Sex and the City, Miami Vice, The Stand, LA Law, Oz, and many other television shows.
However, MacVittie was also an accomplished stage actor who had worked with the likes of Al Pacino on Broadway and in the West End.
Born in Providence, RI in 1956, the actor got his start while acting in high school, then attended Boston University and studied under Jerzy Grotowski in 1976.
He moved to New York City to pursue his dream of acting in 1979, quickly starting work at the Ensemble Studio Theater on Edward Allen Baker’s ‘Prairie Avenue’ just a year later.
Role: Fans will remember the character actor for starring in movies like Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos (pictured above)
He was also a founding member of the Naked Angels Theater Company and spent over ten years at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference under the direction of Lloyd Richards.
He began as an understudy for James Hayden in David Mamet’s American Buffalo with Al Pacino and JJ Johnston in Circle In the Square in 1982, eventually replacing Hayden in the subsequent Broadway, national touring, and West End Productions with Pacino and Johnston.
“I loved Bruce MacVittie,” Al Pacino said in a statement to The New York Times. “His performances of him were always brilliant and crackling, a heart and a joy to watch.”
Character Actor: Bruce MacVittie as Detective Hartigan on When They See Us in 2019
Meanwhile, Law & Order franchise producer Warren Leight leads tributes on Twitter, writing, “I met the great Bruce MacVittie shortly after this. We’ve worked together often. He was a beautiful, honest actor and man. The real deal.” .Sending love to your friends and family.’
Grace & Frankie star June Diane Raphael tweeted, “Bruce was the first working actor I met in New York. He was so uplifting for me and @caseyrosewilson and I feel deeply sorry for his wife and daughter.”
The actor made his last television appearance starring in a 2021 episode of Law & Order: SVU.
MacVittie is survived by his wife and daughter Sophia.
Actress: (from left to right, front) Danielle Skraastad, Linda Emond, Michael Cristofer, K. Todd Freeman, Brenda Wehle and (from left to right, back) Molly Price, Hettienne Park, Michael Esper, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Spinella and Bruce MacVittie attends The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures on March 2, 2011 in New York City.