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Bruce MacVittie dead – The Sopranos and Law & Order star dies aged 65

Bruce MacVattie, the acclaimed star of The Sopranos and Law & Order has sadly died in hospital, aged just 65.

The tragic news was confirmed by his wife Carol Ochs to The New York Times on Thursday, who revealed the veteran actor had passed away on May 7th.

Originally having made his acting debut on Broadway alongside Hollywood heavyweight Al Pacino back in 1983, Bruce became widely recognised as a familiar addition to our TV screens through his iconic performances in shows such as The Sopranos, Law & Order and As The World Turns.

Before shooting to stardom, MacVittie began his TV career as a stunt performer in 1981 where he appeared in a number of shows including: Barney Miller, Miami Vice, The Equalizer, Spencer For Hire, LA Law, The Stand, and Oz, among many more.

Bruce MacVittie, pictured here as Detective Hartigan in When They See Us, has tragically died aged 65© Shutterstock Bruce MacVittie, pictured here as Detective Hartigan in When They See Us, has tragically died aged 65

It was his role in NBC’s Law & Order in 1991 that spawned a decade spanning career with the series where he played a variety of characters through multiple seasons of the long-running crime show.

But he is perhaps best known for his role as Danny Scalercio in HBO’s smash hit series The Sopranos.

Bruce made his final acting appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2021.

Countless friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the star following his passing, including Law & Order franchise producer Warren Leight who tweeted: “We’ve worked together often. He was a beautiful, honest actor and man. The real deal.”

Actor Evan Handler also shared: "I met Bruce MacVittie more than forty years ago. We worked and played together repeatedly, as actors, and as friends, throughout the ensuing decades."

Bruce MacVittie has sadly passed away in hospital, his wife has confirmed© IMDB Bruce MacVittie has sadly passed away in hospital, his wife has confirmed© IMDB Bruce leaves behind his wife Carol Ochs and daughter Sophia Oliva Ochs.

Throughout his career, Bruce appeared in a wealth of shows, with some of his most recent being the TV series Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Deuce, Manifest, Waterfront, One Life To Live, and most recently, Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series The Way They See Us.

The star was also no stranger to the silver screen, having appeared in films including Stonewall, 54, Million Dollar Baby, Born on the Fourth of July and The Doors.

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

Reference: Mirror: Phoebe Tonks

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