Locals reflect on Paul Sorvino ties to the Poconos, Scranton

“Goodfellas,” likely, would always have been the first thing Paul Sorvino was remembered for – no matter how many roles he played on stage, screen and television, no matter how many other careers, from opera singer to painter to poet to pasta sauce entrepreneur, he explored in a rangy public life.

But the sad, striking coincidence that Sorvino, who died Monday morning at age 83, died almost two months to the day after his “Goodfellas” co-star Ray Liotta unexpectedly died on May 26, is likely to put Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster classic in the forefront of everyone’s mind – if it wasn’t already.

Local residents, however, who know that Sorvino’s ties to Scranton and Poconos date back to the 1980s, may beg to differ. They remember better his kindness and larger-than-life personality than him.

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