Bruce MacVittie, known for The Sopranos and Law & Order, has sadly passed away at the age of 65. The cause of his death is still unknown. However, his wife confirmed the actor passed away at a hospital in New York City on May 7.
Carol Ochs, his wife, shared the heartbreaking news with the New York Times. His only daughter, Sophia Oliva Ochs MacVittie, whom he shares with his wife has not yet spoken about the death of his father publicly.
He made his first appearance on NBC’s Law & Order in 1991 and then became a household name in the filming industry as he appeared in The Sopranos and also As The World Turns.
Remembering Bruce MacVittie
Bruce James MacVittie was born on October 14, 1956, in Cranston, Rhode Island, where he spent the majority of his adolescence.
MacVittie is the son of John James MacVittie, who worked for the Narragansett Electric Company, and Olive Castergine MacVittie, who was a housewife.
Since he was very young, he was clear that he wanted to become an actor. After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Boston University, he moved to New York in 1979.
According to Chicago Tribune, in 1980, he debuted as an actor at Ensemble Studio Theater in Manhattan with the lead role of Edward Allan Baker in What’s So Beautiful About a Sunset Over Prairie Avenue?.
A ‘tough guy’ with an exceptional career
Bruce MacVittie made his Broadway debut opposite Al Pacino in a 1983 production, American Buffalo, produced by David Mamet.
He took over’s James Hayden character of Bobby “less than a month into the play’s run”, due to Hayden dying of a drug overdose.
Bruce made his first television appearance on NBC’S Law & Order in 1991. As per The Mirror, MacVittie’s final appearance for Law & Order: SVU was in 2021.
His fame skyrocketed in 2002 after his role as Danny Scalercio in the American crime drama series, The Sopranos.
By 2011, the actor had already been in 75 films and television appearances.
Bull and Call Jane are the actor’s most recent works, as reported by IMDb.
Bruce was “the real deal”
MacVittie has been in the filming industry for over 40 years. Those who have had the opportunity to work with the actor were left devastated.
Co-stars and producers have left their farewell messages as they were learning the tragic news of his sudden death.
Warren Leight, Law & Order franchise’s producer tweeted: