Bruce MacVittie, Law & Order and Sopranos Actor, Dead at 65 – PEOPLE


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"His performances were always glistening and crackling," Al Pacino said of his costar who died on Saturday

Bruce MacVittie, known for his performances in Law & Order, The Sopranos and Million Dollar Baby, has died. He was 65.

The actor died Saturday at a Manhattan, New York hospital, his wife Carol Ochs told The New York Times. A cause of death was not immediately known.

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MacVittie's rep did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

MacVittie has appeared onscreen in a number of guest roles for shows like Miami Vice, Sex and the City, Oz, As the World Turns, Blue Bloods, Chicago Med, The Deuce and multiple shows in the Law & Order franchise. He also had roles in such movies as Stonewall, Hannibal and Brooklyn's Finest.

One of his last roles was that of Detective Hartigan in Ava DuVernay's Emmy Award-winning Netflix limited series When They See Us.

Editorial use only. No book cover usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix/Kobal/Shutterstock (10332279z) Bruce MacVittie as Detective Hartigan 'When They See Us' TV Show Season 1 - 2019 Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix/Kobal/Shutterstock

Born October 14, 1956, in Providence, R.I., 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 is survived by his wife Carol and their daughter Sophia Oliva Ochs MacVittie.

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