Bruce MacVittie, ‘American Buffalo,’ ‘Law And Order’ Actor, Dies At 65

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

Beloved actor Bruce MacVittie, best known for his roles in “The Sopranos” and “S**and the City,” dies at the age of 65. The prolific actor died in a Manhattan hospital on Saturday, his wife, Carol Ochs, confirmed to the New York Times on Thursday. However, no cause of death was disclosed.

Born on October 14, 1956, in Providence, R.I., Bruce MacVittie received a BFA from Boston University before moving to New York City in 1979, where he’s played several off-Broadway roles over the years. He made his Broadway debut in 1983 alongside Al Pacino in David Mamet’s American Buffalo, before continuing the performance on a national tour and at London’s West End.

“I loved Bruce MacVittie,” Pacino, 82, 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.”

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Bruce MacVittie’s impressive credits span across many well-known shows, including guest roles in “Miami Vice,” “S** and the City,” “Oz,” “Blue Bloods,” “Chicago Med,” and “The Deuce.” He also dabbled in films, appearing in “Stonewall,” “Hannibal,” and “Brooklyn’s Finest.”

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

“S** and the City” and “And Just Like That” star Evan Handler, who plays Charlotte York’s husband Harry Goldenblatt in the hit HBO shows, paid tribute to his former co-star. “I met Bruce MacVittie more than forty years ago. We worked and played together repeatedly, as actors, and as friends, throughout the ensuing decades,” he wrote in a tweet.

In a follow-up tweet, Handler remembered how MacVittie was by his side during his “life-threatening illness” in the ’80s.

“The unflinching presence he granted anyone in need, no matter how dire or terrifying their circumstances,” he wrote. “Please let your friends know you love them, and let them know you’re as available as Bruce always was.”

“Law & Order” franchise producer, Warren Leight, also paid tribute to the late actor on Twitter. “We’ve worked together often. He was a beautiful, honest actor and man. The real deal,” he wrote.

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

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