'Sopranos' star Bruce MacVittie dies at 65

‘Sopranos’ star Bruce MacVittie dies at 65

Beloved actor Bruce MacVittie, best known for his roles in ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Sex and the City’, has died. He was 65 years old.

MacVittie died in a Manhattan hospital on Saturday, his wife, Carol Ochs, confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday.

No cause of death has been disclosed.

Veteran actor Bruce MacVittie has died aged 65.  He is seen here playing Detective Hartigan in Netflix's "When they see us."
Veteran actor Bruce MacVittie has died aged 65. He is seen here playing Detective Hartigan in Netflix’s ‘When They See Us’.
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MacVittie became widely recognized for his role as Danny Scalercio on “The Sopranos,” as well as his recurring appearances on “Law & Order” and “As The World Turns.”

His career began on Broadway, working as an understudy for Al Pacino in the 1983 production of “American Buffalo.” He later took over the lead role.

MacVittie’s impressive credits span many well-known shows, including guest roles on ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Sex and the City’, ‘Oz’, ‘Blue Bloods’, ‘Chicago Med’ and ‘The Deuce’. .

The actor, a native of Providence, RI, has also acted in films, appearing in ‘Stonewall’, ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’.

Bruce MacVittie plays Danny Scalercio in "The Sopranos."
Bruce MacVittie plays Danny Scalercio in “The Sopranos”.

One of his last roles was as Detective Hartigan in the Emmy Award-winning Netflix limited series “When They See Us.”

Tributes poured in after news of MacVittie’s death broke.

“I loved Bruce MacVittie,” Pacino, 82, told The New York Times. “His performances were always scintillating and crackling; a heart and a joy to watch. He was the epitome of the struggling New York actor and he made it work. We will miss him.

‘Sex and the City’ and ‘And Just Like That’ star Evan Handler, who plays Charlotte York’s husband Harry Goldenblatt on HBO’s hit shows, has paid tribute to his former co-star.

“I met Bruce MacVittie over forty years ago. We worked and performed together many times, as actors and as friends, throughout the following decades,” he said. wrote in a tweet.

In a follow-up tweetHandler recalled how MacVittie was by his side during his “fatal illness” in the 80s.

“The unwavering presence he bestowed on anyone in need, no matter how dire or terrifying their situation,” he wrote. “Please let your friends know you love them and let them know you are as available as Bruce has always been.”

Bruce MacVittie guest starred in "Law and order" several times between 1991 and 2006. Here he is seen playing Bill Parker in a 2003 episode.
Bruce MacVittie starred in “Law & Order” several times between 1991 and 2006. He is seen here playing Bill Parker – opposite the late Jerry Orbach – in a 2003 episode.

‘Law & Order’ franchise producer Warren Leight paid tribute to the late actor on Twitter.

“We often worked together. He was a handsome, honest actor and man. The real deal,” he wrote.

MacVittie is survived by his wife and their daughter, Sophia Oliva Ochs MacVittie.

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