Ray Liotta dies at the age of 67
A shocker cinema-lovers worldwide! Actor Ray Liotta, best known for his role in Martin Scorsese's 1990 crime classic Goodfellas, has died. He was 67 years old.
He died in his sleep while filming Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic, according to Deadline.
Liotta is survived by his daughter, Karsen. He had gotten engaged to Jacy Nittolo and they were planning to get married.
Liotta was experiencing a renaissance. Recently, he has been in films such as The Many Saints of Newark (2021), Marriage Story (2019), and No Sudden Move (2021) . In addition to Cocaine Bear, he was set to star in Working Title's The Substance alongside Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley.
In addition, he recently signed on to executive produce the A&E docuseries Five Families, which chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the New York Mafia's Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo, and Lucchese families.
Black Bird (2022), Hanna (2019 –), and Shades of Blue (2016) are just a few of the television shows he's appeared in alongside Taron Egerton and Jennifer Lopez, but he's also recognized for his big-screen appearances.
With Don Cheadle, Joe Mantegna, and Angus Macfarlane, he played Frank Sinatra in the 1998 television drama The Rat Pack, which garnered him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He was also a SAG Award nominee twice for his work on the 2015 miniseries Texas Rising.
From 1978 until 1981, he played Joey Perrini on the soap opera Another World.
For his performance in Something Wild (1986), he was nominated for a Golden Globe, and then played banned Chicago White Sox superstar Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1989's Field of Dreams.After that, he starred in Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990) alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as Henry Hill, a mobster in the film that would define his career.
He was a perfect Henry Hill, with his rugged good looks and blue eyes, as he told the story of his rise to the top of an organized crime gang, the one responsible for the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport, when they stole $5 million in cash and jewels from the air cargo building of the German airline. The Nicholas Pileggi-Scorsese adaptation of Pileggi's novel was nominated for six Academy Awards, with Pesci taking home the lone trophy.
Some of his other well-known roles include those in films such as Hannibal (2001), Narc (2002), Blow (2001), and as the conductor in Cop Land (1997).
Newark, NJ-born Liotta began his acting career at the University of Miami, where he was a student body president. After his appearances on St. Elsewhere (1983) and Casablanca (1983), NBC's prequel series to the iconic picture, in 1983 he appeared in a string of minor roles. Rick was portrayed on screen by David Soul.
The 1988 drama Dominick and Eugene, in which he co-starred with Tom Hulce and Jamie Lee Curtis, was his next project.
That paved the way for his most recognizable roles.
Among the best baseball movies ever made, Field of Dreams features a ghostly version of Shoeless Joe Jackson. After the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, he was banned from baseball for life, but Ray Kinsella (Costner) builds a stadium in an Iowa cornfield and gives him an opportunity to play again. Jones, Amy Madigan, and Burt Lancaster all starred in the film, which was directed by Phil Alden Robinson and received three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, which went to Driving Miss Daisy.
After that, Scorsese came knocking on the door.