A good man who plays many bad people, he also sparkling in ‘something wild,’ as shoeless Joe Jackson in ‘Field of Dreams’ and on TV ‘Shades of Blue.’
Ray Liotta, an intense actor from New Jersey, who is famous for his turn as a fraudster who became a mouse of Henry Hill’s horde at Goodfellas Martin Scorsese, had died. He is 67 years old.
Jennifer Allen told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in his sleep in his hotel room while in the Dominican Republic who made dangerous waters. His fiance, Jacy Nittolo, was with him. He started working on the film about a week ago.
The childish liotta, blue-eyed is also memorable as Ray Sinclair, a cruel prisoner’s ex-husband from the character of Melanie Griffith, in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild (1986); As a baseball player Chicago White Sox who was humiliated by Shoeless Joe Jackson at the Kevin Costner Starrer Field of Dreams (1989); And as a corrupt police officer Matt Wozniak in the 2016-18 COP NBC drama Shades of Blue, opposite Jennifer Lopez.
“Ray is a symbol of a tough man who is all soft inside,” Lopez wrote on Twitter.
Stories – Crime separation is his specialization – he is the right choice to tell in the mafia for National Geographic Channels in 2005 – and he is extraordinary as a shady police officer in Entry Entryful (1992), Cop Land (1997) and Narc (2002) And as the sound of the Mafia Tommy Vercetti in the 2002 Grand Theft Auto video game: Vice City.
In the midst of a career resurrection, Liotta was recently busy, with the big screen role in the wedding story of Noah Baumbach (2019), Steven Soderbergh no Goning Suddenly (2021) and Alan Taylor’s The Many Saints of Newark (2021)-as two members They are the moltizanti family in the sopranos prequel – and the show as a criminal in the third season of the Amazon Hanna series.
He starred in with Taron Egerton in the upcoming Black Bird Apple TV series and, according to IMDB, working on films that are still released by Cocaine Bear; Substance; April 29, 1992; And the film directed by Charlie Day without a title.
Goodfellas (1990) is based on the first book Nicholas Pileggi, 1985’s Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family, which rotates around Hill, a fraudsters in the street level in New York City who decides that the only way to get out of the life gang is to live is to live is Snitch on his cohort in the Lucchese crime family.
Kirk Honeycutt THK noted in his review that Liotta “fulfilled the promise of his film debut [Major] in something wild. The face of the boy’s blend perfectly covered the dark behavior of the character. As described by Liotta, Henry never completely lost ‘good’ in the grip of Goodfella. ”
He and his co -star Joe Pesci improvised the classic “How Am I Funny?” The order after Pesci told a story to Liotta and Scorssese about the situation trapped when someone misinterpreted what he said and was angry.
Lorraine Bracco, who plays his wife in Goodfellas, paid his respect on his Twitter.
“I was completely destroyed at the terrible news about my ray,” he wrote. “I can be anywhere in the world & people will come & tell me their favorite film is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what is the best part of making the film. My response is always the same … Ray Liotta. ”
Résume Liotta includes films -Film Dominick and Eugene (1988), Phoenix (1998), Hannibal (2001), Blow (2001), Heartbreakers (2001), John Q (2002), Identity (2003), Revolver (2005), Smokin ‘ACES (2006), Observe and Report (2009), Powder Blue (2009), kill them gently (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), MUPPETS Most Wanted (2014) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).
He won the EMMY Award in 2005 to turn his guest as a former alcoholic con who came to County General in the NBC ER-Drama Episode that was taken in real time-then deceived performance in the film Bee Jerry Seinfeld (2007).
Raymond Allen Liotta was born in Newark on December 18, 1954. He was adopted by Mary and Alfred Liotta, a car parts retailer, from an orphanage when he was six months old.
“I found my biological mother and learned that I had, not an identical twin brother, but a stepbrother, five full siblings and full sisters that I did not know until 15 years ago,” he told THR in 2014.
“I play games pretending to be a child, soldier, whatever, but I never want to be an actor,” he said in 2012. “Basically I only play sports all the time. Basketball, baseball, soccer, you know, whatever the season. But I remember the senior year [at Union High School], the basketball has stopped and the drama teacher asks if I want to play. So, okay, I don’t do anything, I’m used to roaming, of course, I will play. ”
He studied acting at the University of Miami and graduated in 1978, then worked as a bartender on broadway before landing the role of Guy Nice Joey Perrini in another world; He continued to use NBC soap from 1978-81.
(Years after Bartending, he managed to reach the Broadway stage at the Plymouth Theater in 2004 in the match, also starring Frank Langella.
Liotta came to Los Angeles and made his film debut as a rapist at The Lonely Lady in 1983, starring Pia Zadora, then played a police officer in his first Primetime series, ABC’s Our Family Honor, in 1985. Three years later, he played Frank Sinatra in HBO Telefilm Mouse Package.
When he was thrown as a vengeful husband in something wild – he was told about the job because classmates who acted, Steven Bauer, then married Griffith – “I only use pins and needles,” he told THR Scott Feinberg during an award during an award for an award During an award during an award during an award during an award in an award during an award during an award for an award in an award during an award in an award in an award during an award in an award during an award award during an award during an award. Chat interview in 2016. “Remember, I haven’t made a film. I am 30 years old. ”
Goodfellas, he said a decade ago, “must have his own life, and it only grows from time to time. People watch it repeatedly and are still responding to it, and different ages appear, even today, teenagers come to me and they are truly emotionally connected. ”
His appearance as Sinclair and Hill led to an offer to play other rough characters, “But that’s not what I mean, I personally, I have never fought in my life, but here, now, I am trapped by things of a tough man this. “Indeed, he said he refused David Chase’s offer to play Ralphie Cifaretto on HBO’s Sopranos (that part went to Joe Pantoliano).
“I might have managed my career too much,” he told The Washington Post in 2003. “I am an idiot with Goodfellas. I don’t want to play bad people [again], so I let some good things pass before finally playing a good man. ”
Chase got a second chance to work with Liotta in many Newark saints, and actor, the producer noted, “Creating two clear separate characters, and each show is very phenomenal.”
In addition to his fiancée, who survived his daughter, Karsen, and his sister, Linda.
Liotta told people in November that Pandemic had brought him and Nittolo “was really close … I had heard that there were many people whose relationships were unsuccessful because they were with each other. But he was great.”
At Deauville Film Festival in 2014, he characterized his career as “winding path” in an interview with THR and expressed his love for acting. “In the end, you are still playing preaching,” he said. “This is a good way to make a living, just a terrible business.”