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The Tragic Death of Law and Order Star Bruce MacVittie

Bruce MacVittie has passed away. The actor died on May 7 at the age of 65, according to a report by The New York Times† The star’s wife, Carol Ochs, confirmed the news to the outlet but did not publicly confirm his cause of death, although he was reported to have died in a New York hospital.

MacVittie had a lot apparitions in major TV shows over the years, with one of his biggest roles being Danny Scalercio in “The Sopranos” for several episodes in 2002. Among his other roles, MacVittie played Marcus Tull in “As The World Turns” and Vincent Di Nardo in ‘Waterfront’. The star also appeared several times in the “Law & Order” franchise, playing various characters over the years. He took on various roles on the main show from 1991 to 2006, also appearing in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” between 2002 and 2007 and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in both 2001 and 2021. His now last TV role to go out in his lifetime will be in the CBS series “Bull” as Ruben Ware as he made a guest appearance in the episode “Safe Space”, which aired in March.

But it wasn’t just the small screen that you might recognize Macvittie from. The Broadway veteran has also appeared on the big screen, acting in the likes of “Million Dollar Baby” and “Looking for Richard” with Al Pacino.

Bruce MacVittie Tribute

Tributes poured in for Bruce MacVittie on social media, with many fans and friends sharing their memories of the late actor. “Bruce MacVittie and I have worked together many times over the years. He was an amazing and unique actor. Always a pleasure to work with and this is very sad news to hear. He will be missed,” actor Vincent D ‘Onofrio tweeted† Major TV showrunner Warren Leight also took to Twitter to acknowledge the actor’s death, write“We have often worked together. He was a beautiful, honest actor and man. The real deal. Sending love to his friends and family.”

“Bruce was the first acting actor I knew in NYC. He was so encouraging about me and @caseyrosewilson and I’m so sorry for his wife and daughter,” June Diane Raphael wrote on Twitter, while MacVittie’s cousin, Casey Wilson, linked to The New York Times piece about his death and tweeted“A wonderful article about my beautiful cousin Bruce MacVittie and his artistic legacy. Bruce was a wonderful person and soul who will be so missed.”

MacVittie was clearly proud of his career and shared several clips of his acting roles on his website† He is survived by his wife, Carol Ochs, and his daughter, Sophia Oliva Ochs MacVittie. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.




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