The Sopranos and Law & Order star Bruce MacVittie dead at 65

The Sopranos and Law & Order star Bruce MacVittie dead at 65: Actor’s devastated wife confirms he passed away in hospital from unknown cause

  • TV character and Broadway vet Bruce MacVittie has died at the age of 65
  • Best known on television for playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos
  • His devastated wife confirmed he died from an unknown cause on May 7
  • ‘I loved Bruce MacVittie,’ Al Pacino said in a statement to The New York Times
  • Adding his performances were always ‘a heart and a joy to watch’

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 Thursday.

MacVittie’s wife Carol Ochs confirmed his death to the New York Times, stating that he died of an unknown cause at a hospital in New York City on May 7.

Fans will remember the character actor from starring in films such as Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos.

The Sopranos and Law & Order star Bruce MacVittie dead at 65: Actor's devastated wife confirms he passed away in hospital from unknown cause

The Sopranos and Law & Order star Bruce MacVittie dead at 65: Actor’s devastated wife confirms he passed away in hospital from unknown cause

He also had roles in As The World Turns, Sex and the City, Miami Vice, The Stand, LA Law, Oz, and many other TV shows.

However, MacVittie was also an accomplished theater actor who had worked with the likes of Al Pacino on Broadway and in the West End.

Born in Providence, RI in 1956, the thespian began while acting in high school, later attending Boston University and studied with Jerzy Grotowski in 1976.

He moved to New York City to pursue his dream of acting in 1979, and quickly began working at the Ensemble Studio Theater in Edward Allen Baker’s ‘Prairie Avenue’ just a year later.

Role: Fans will remember the character actor from starring in films such as Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos (pictured above)

Role: Fans will remember the character actor from starring in films such as Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos (pictured above)

He was also a founding member of Naked Angels Theater Company and spent over ten years at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference under Lloyd Richards.

He began as understudy to James Hayden in David Mamet’s American Buffalo with Al Pacino and JJ Johnston at Circle In the Square in 1982, eventually replacing Hayden in the subsequent Broadway production, national tour, 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 were always glistening and crackling, a heart and a joy to watch.’

Character actor:Bruce MacVittie as Detective Hartigan in the show When They See Us in 2019

Character actor:Bruce MacVittie as Detective Hartigan in the show When They See Us in 2019

Meanwhile, Law & Order franchise producer Warren Leight lead 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 his friends and family.’

Grace & Frankie star June Diane Raphael tweeted: ‘Bruce was the first working actor I knew in NYC. He was so encouraging of me and @caseyrosewilson and I’m so profoundly sorry for his wife and daughter. ‘

The actor made his final appearance on television starring in a 2021 episode of Law & Order: SVU.

MacVittie is survived by his wife and his daughter Sophia.

Thespian: (L to R, front) Danielle Skraastad, Linda Emond, Michael Cristofer, K. Todd Freeman, Brenda Wehle and (L to R, back) Molly Price, Hettienne Park, Michael Esper, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Spinella, and Bruce MacVittie attend The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' on March 2, 2011 in New York City

Thespian: (L to R, front) Danielle Skraastad, Linda Emond, Michael Cristofer, K. Todd Freeman, Brenda Wehle and (L to R, back) Molly Price, Hettienne Park, Michael Esper, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Spinella, and Bruce MacVittie attend The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures’ on March 2, 2011 in New York City

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