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

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

  • TV Character and Broadway Veteran Bruce MacVittie Has Died at 65
  • Best known on television for playing Danny Scalercio on The Sopranos
  • His devastated wife confirmed he died on May 7 from an unknown cause
  • “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 aged 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 on May 7 at a New York City hospital of unknown cause.

Fans will remember the character actor from his role in movies like Million Dollar Baby and his role as Danny Scalercio in The Sopranos.

The Sopranos and Law & Order star Bruce MacVittie dead at age 65: Actor’s wife confirms he died in hospital of 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 started acting in high school, later attended Boston University and graduated in 1976 with Jerzy Grotowski.

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

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

Role: Fans will remember the character actor from his role in films such as Million Dollar Baby and playing Danny Scalercio in 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 glittering and crackling, heart under the belt and a joy to watch.’

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

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

Meanwhile, Law & Order franchise producer Warren Leight leads a tribute on Twitter, writing, “Shortly after that, I met the wonderful Bruce MacVittie. We have often worked together. He was a beautiful, honest actor and man. The real deal. He sends 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 about me and @caseyrosewilson and I’m so sorry for his wife and daughter.”

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

MacVittie is survived by his wife and 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 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: (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 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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