Paul D’Amato dead: Law & Order and The Deer Hunter star ‘who inspired WOLVERINE’ dies aged 76 after rare disease battle

THE actor Paul D’Amato, who inspired Marvel’s Wolverine, has died aged 76. He was best known for playing a range of characters in US police drama Law & Order. Paul D’Amato – pictured here as a sergeant in The Deer Hunter – has died aged 76Universal Pictures MarvelD’Amato inspired the Marvel Comic book superhero Wolverine[/caption] His family said he passed away on Monday following a four year battle with a rare brain disease. D’Amato’s fiancée Marina Re told The Hollywood Reporter he was “the most wonderful, sweetest guy” who fought “so hard”. The actor also starred as a sergeant alongside Robert De Niro in the 1978 epic war drama The Deer Hunter. But it was his appearance as “Dr Hook” in ice hockey hit Slap Shot that inspired X-Men comic book character Wolverine. Cartoonist John Byrne said of D’Amato: “He just had the look. “He had the crazy eyes. And that’s what Wolverine needs to have.” Tributes flooded in following the news of D’Amato’s death. One fan wrote: “RIP Paul D’Amato. Most of us know him as Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken from the best hockey movie of all time – Slap Shot. “Godspeed Dr. Hook. Thanks for entertaining us.” Another said: “RIP Paul D’Amato. You will be missed.” In his later years, D’Amato worked as a boot fitter in a Vermont ski shop. He is survived by his sister Andrea and girlfriend Marina Re. Marvel cartoonist John Byrne said D’Amato’s ‘crazy eyes’ in Slap Shot inspired him to create Wolverine

Paul D’Amato dead: Law & Order and The Deer Hunter star ‘who inspired WOLVERINE’ dies aged 76 after rare disease battle

THE actor Paul D’Amato, who inspired Marvel’s Wolverine, has died aged 76.

He was best known for playing a range of characters in US police drama Law & Order.

Paul D’Amato – pictured here as a sergeant in The Deer Hunter – has died aged 76
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D’Amato inspired the Marvel Comic book superhero Wolverine[/caption]

His family said he passed away on Monday following a four year battle with a rare brain disease.

D’Amato’s fiancée Marina Re told The Hollywood Reporter he was “the most wonderful, sweetest guy” who fought “so hard”.

The actor also starred as a sergeant alongside Robert De Niro in the 1978 epic war drama The Deer Hunter.

But it was his appearance as “Dr Hook” in ice hockey hit Slap Shot that inspired X-Men comic book character Wolverine.

Cartoonist John Byrne said of D’Amato: “He just had the look.

“He had the crazy eyes. And that’s what Wolverine needs to have.”

Tributes flooded in following the news of D’Amato’s death.

One fan wrote: “RIP Paul D’Amato. Most of us know him as Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken from the best hockey movie of all time – Slap Shot.

“Godspeed Dr. Hook. Thanks for entertaining us.”

Another said: “RIP Paul D’Amato. You will be missed.”

In his later years, D’Amato worked as a boot fitter in a Vermont ski shop.

He is survived by his sister Andrea and girlfriend Marina Re.

Marvel cartoonist John Byrne said D’Amato’s ‘crazy eyes’ in Slap Shot inspired him to create Wolverine