Bruce MacVittie Dies: ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Law & Order’, ‘American Buffalo’ Actor Was 65

Bruce McVityA prolific New York stage actor who made his Broadway debut opposite Al Pacino in the 1983 production of David Mamet american buffalo and became acquainted with television audiences through the roles The Sopranos, Law & Order And as the world Turns, died on May 7 in a New York City hospital. He was 65 years old.

His death was announced by his wife, Carol Ochs, to The New York Times. A reason has not been determined.

McVity, co-founder of the famed off-Broadway company Naked Angels, made his Broadway debut in 1983 under trying circumstances: He replaced actor James Hayden in the role of Bobby in less than a month in the play’s run, when the up-and-coming Hayden died of a drug overdose. McVity would continue in roles on Broadway, in a touring production, and on London’s West End.

Acclaimed for his performance in the play (the role played by Darren Criss in the current Broadway staging), McVity would become a staple of New York’s Off-Broadway scene, including leading roles in productions at the Ensemble Studios theatre, Naked Angels. Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, Signature Theater and Cherry Lane.

Beginning his TV career in 1981 with an appearance on Barney Miller, McVity later had roles in Miami Vice, The Equalize, Spencer for Hire, L.A. Law, The Stand, Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz, among many others. played. In 2002, McVity began a recurring role on The Sopranos, appearing as Danny Sclericio.

He made his first appearance on NBC’s Law & Order in 1991, beginning an association with the franchise that would last for decades. His last appearance with the show was a 2021 role in Law & Order: SVU.

“We’ve worked together often,” longtime Law & Order franchise creator Warren Leight tweeted today. “He was a handsome, honest actor and man. The real deal.”

Other television credits include Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Deuce, Manifest, Waterfront, One Life to Live, Bull and, most recently, Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series The Way They See Us. Feature film credits include Stonewall, 54, Million Dollar Baby, Born on the Fourth of July and The Doors.

Apart from his wife, he is survived by daughter Sofia Oliva Ochs McVitie in his family.