Ray Liotta: Goodfellas actor dies at 67 while filming new film in the Caribbean | Ents & Arts News


Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta has died aged 67, his rep has confirmed.

He died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, Jennifer Allen said. No criminal act is suspected.

He was filming a movie called Dangerous Waters and was engaged.

His fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, was with him as he worked on his latest project. He leaves a daughter, Karsen.

In Goodfellas, released in 1990, Liotta played real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film.

Lorraine Bracco, who played Hill’s wife Karen, said she was “completely devastated to hear this terrible news about my Ray”.

She tweeted: “I can be anywhere in the world and people will come and tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas.

“Then they always ask what was the best part of making this movie. My answer was always the same… Ray Liotta.”

Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci in Goodfellas


Born in Newark, New Jersey in December 1954, Liotta’s first breakthrough came with the role of Ray Sinclair in 1986’s Something Wild, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

After being abandoned in an orphanage as a baby, he was adopted at six months by township clerk Mary and auto parts store owner Alfred Liotta.

He also played Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams and Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. In a 1998 TV movie, The Rat Pack, he played legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra.

His Broadway debut came in 2004 in the comedy-drama Match, while he also appeared in Muppets From Space and Muppets Most Wanted.

His career was still very active. Recent projects include The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story and No Sudden Move.

Goodfellas - Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta
Liotta with Robert De Niro in Goodfellas

Speaking in 2016, Liotta said he regretted the course of his career, including refusing to audition for Tim Burton’s Batman film.

“I would have liked to manage my career differently but, you know, in hindsight…”, he commented.

“When I did my first movie, Tim Burton was getting ready to do Batman and he was interested in me because he wanted it to be edgy and real.

“I was like, ‘Batman? That’s a stupid idea,’ even though he had just done one of my all-time favorite movies, Beetlejuice. So yeah, I regret not auditioning for that. “

Goodfellas remained the movie he was best known for – something he was comfortable with.

“People ask me if I mind but no, Goodfellas will be in the top 10 movies for years and years it seems,” he said.

“I have kids coming to see me like the movie just came out that week… That and Field Of Dreams. I have a lot of Field Of Dreams fans too.”

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