Bruce MacVittie, 'Sopranos' actor, dead at 65

Bruce MacVittie as Danny Scalercio in "The Sopranos."
Bruce MacVittie as Danny Scalercio in "The Sopranos." Photo credit HBO

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Actor Bruce MacVittie, who often played tough, tormented guys, has died, his wife told the New York Times Thursday. He was 65.

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MacVittie -- who died May 7 in a Manhattan hospital of an unknown cause -- was most recognized for his role as Danny Scalercio on "The Sopranos." The character was a juror who is badgered by the mob.

One of the highlights of Rhode Island-born MacVittie's career was when he made his Broadway debut in David Mamet’s "American Buffalo" opposite Al Pacino in 1983.

"I loved Bruce MacVittie," Pacino told the Times. "His performances were always glistening and crackling; a heart and a joy to watch. He was the embodiment of the struggling actor in New York City, and he made it work. We will miss him."

MacVittie also appeared in a slew of other Broadway productions, as well as Off-Broadway shows.

Four one-act plays, performed at the Ensemble Studio Theater on Wednesday, May 25, 2005.This image:Bruce MacVittie as Bobby and Amy Irving as Anna in Leslie Lyles's "The Great Pretenders."
Four one-act plays, performed at the Ensemble Studio Theater on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. In ths image, Bruce MacVittie, as Bobby, and Amy Irving as Anna in Leslie Lyles's "The Great Pretenders." Photo credit Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images

He also had many TV roles including those on “Miami Vice,” “Sex and the City,” “Oz,” “Blue Bloods,” “Chicago Med” and “The Deuce.”

On the film front, he appeared in “Stonewall,” “Hannibal” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.”

Most recently, though, he appeared on Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series, “The Way They See Us.”

In addition to his wife Carol Ochs, he is survived by his daughter, Sophia Oliva Ochs MacVittie.