Law & Order and Sopranos star Bruce MacVittie dies at 65

Law & Order and Sopranos star Bruce MacVittie dies at 65: Actor’s devastated wife confirms he died in hospital of unknown cause

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

Actor Bruce MacVittie has died aged 65.

The Sopranos and Law & Order star died in hospital last weekend, his bereaved family confirmed on Thursday.

MacVittie’s wife, Carol Ochs, confirmed his death to The New York Times, saying he died of an unknown cause at a New York hospital on May 7.

Fans will remember the actor who starred in films such as Million Dollar Baby and Danny Scalercio in The Sopranos.

Law & Order and Sopranos star Bruce MacVittie dies at 65: Actor's devastated wife confirms he died in hospital of unknown cause

Law & Order and Sopranos star Bruce MacVittie dies at 65: Actor’s devastated wife confirms he died in hospital of unknown cause

He has 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 stage actor who had worked with Al Pacino on Broadway and in the West End.

Born in Providence, RI in 1956, the comedian started acting in high school, then at Boston University and studied with Jerzy Grotowski in 1976.

He moved to New York to pursue his acting dream in 1979, and soon 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 who starred in films such as Million Dollar Baby and played Danny Scalercio in The Sopranos (pictured above)

Role: Fans will remember the character actor who starred in films such as Million Dollar Baby and played Danny Scalercio in The Sopranos (pictured above)

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

He started as an understudy for 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 starring Pacino and Johnston.

“I loved Bruce MacVittie,” Al Pacino said in a statement to The New York Times. “His performances were always sparkling and crackling, a heart and a joy to watch.”

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

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

Meanwhile, Law & Order franchise producer Warren Leight paid tribute on Twitter, writing, “I met the great Bruce MacVittie shortly after. We often worked together. He was a handsome, honest actor and man. The real deal. Send love to friends and family.

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

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

MacVittie is survived by his wife and daughter Sophia.

Thespian: (left to right, front) Danielle Skraastad, Linda Emond, Michael Cristofer, K. Todd Freeman, Brenda Wehle and (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

Thespian: (left to right, front) Danielle Skraastad, Linda Emond, Michael Cristofer, K. Todd Freeman, Brenda Wehle and (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

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