Famed character actor and ‘Sopranos’ star Bruce MacVittie dead at age 65

A Broadway and Hollywood actor who was arguably best known for a role he played on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos” has passed away.

Actor Bruce MacVittie died May 7 in a Manhattan hospital in New York, though the cause of his death has reportedly not yet been determined, according to Fox News.

From the theater to the big and small screens

MacVittie, who was 65-years-old when he passed, was born in 1956 in Providence, Rhode Island, and went to school in Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to New York City in 1979 to establish his acting career, per The Hollywood Reporter.

He first started work in theater and got a big break when he served as Al Pacino’s understudy in a 1983 off-Broadway production of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” before later taking over the lead role on the tour.

His foray into television, typically as a bit part or an occasionally recurring character role, began in 1981 with an appearance on “Barney Miller.”

MacVittie’s arguably most famous role came in 2002 in the fourth season of “The Sopranos” when he portrayed a juror named Danny Scalercio.

Appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows

According to MacVittie’s IMDb page, he had at least 93 credited appearances in films and TV shows, as well as voiceover work for video game franchises like “Grand Theft Auto” and the “Red Dead” series.

In addition to his recurring role on “The Sopranos,” MacVittie also made numerous appearances as different characters on “Law & Order” and the several spin-offs from that popular series, as well as the daytime soap opera “As The World Turns,” among many others.

Fox News noted that MacVittie is survived by his wife and his daughter.

“Sopranos” star Paul Herman died in March

This is the second star from “The Sopranos” to pass away within the past two months, as Deadline reported in March that character actor Paul Herman had died at the age of 76.

Herman, who had been born in Brooklyn, New York, portrayed drug dealer turned club owner Peter “Beansie” Gaeta on the popular HBO series, which fit the mold of his tendency to appear in mob movies, such as “Goodfellas,” “Once Upon A Time in America,” and “The Irishman,” among others.

Both of these beloved character actors will be sorely missed by their family and friends as well as colleagues and fans of their work.

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