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A new sheriff in town: Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino is a second-generation honorary deputy sheriff.Her father, actor Paul Sorvino, is a longtime friend of Lackawanna County Sheriff John Szymanski, who had sworn in the elder Sorvino as an honorary deputy years ago.“I’ve got a picture of me, as a 14-year-old, when he was sworn in,” the 38-year-old Oscar-winning actress said.On Tuesday, Szymanski administered the oath to Mira Sorvin
/ Source: The Associated Press

Mira Sorvino is a second-generation honorary deputy sheriff.

Her father, actor Paul Sorvino, is a longtime friend of Lackawanna County Sheriff John Szymanski, who had sworn in the elder Sorvino as an honorary deputy years ago.

“I’ve got a picture of me, as a 14-year-old, when he was sworn in,” the 38-year-old Oscar-winning actress said.

On Tuesday, Szymanski administered the oath to Mira Sorvino, who was there with her husband, Chris Backus; their 1-year-old daughter, Mattea Angel; and other family members.

Sorvino, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s 1995 film, “Mighty Aphrodite,” was asked whether the Oscar or a deputy’s badge is a greater honor.

“That’s a hard one,” she said, smiling. “I’m not going to comment on that.”

Paul Sorvino, 66, starred in 1982’s “That Championship Season.” Scenes for the film were shot in Scranton. His screen credits also include roles in “Goodfellas” and “The Cooler.”