Ray Liotta dead: ‘Goodfellas’ actor dies aged 67 – National

Ray Liotta, the gruff blue-eyed actor who starred in movies like Freedmen and field of dreamsdied at the age of 67.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed his death directly with his rep, Jennifer Craig, who said the actor was filming a movie and “died in his sleep” in the Dominican Republic.

Deadline reported that the movie he was working on is the next film Dangerous waters.

Liotta leaves behind a daughter, Karsen, and a fiancée Jacy Nittolo.

Liotta’s last post on Instagram was to promote an upcoming horror movie titled cocaine bear directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks. It will be one of the last films featuring the longtime actor, whose career spans 44 years.

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Liotta’s post has since been inundated with “Rest In Peace” messages from fans.
The Newark, New Jersey native was born in 1954 and adopted at six months old from an orphanage by a township employee and auto parts owner. Liotta always assumed he was mostly Italian – the movies too. But later in life, while searching for his biological parents, he discovered that he was actually Scottish.

Although he grew up focusing on playing sports, including baseball, during his senior year of high school, the drama teacher asked him if he wanted to do a play, which he did. he accepted on a lark. Whether he knew it or not at the time, it planted a seed, though he always assumed he would eventually work in construction. And later, at the University of Miami, he chose drama and theater because they had no math requirements.

He often said in interviews that he only started auditioning for plays because a pretty girl told him to. But it set him on a path. After graduating, he found an agent and soon he got his first big break from the soap opera. Another world.

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Ray Liotta on the final season of ‘Shades of Blue’

Ray Liotta on the final season of “Shades of Blue” – June 22, 2018

It will take him a few years to land his first major film role, in Jonathan Demme. something wild as Ray, the brash former husband of Melanie Griffith’s character. He was 30 at the time and hadn’t had a steady job for five years. In a 1993 interview, he told The Associated Press that he wanted to get the role on his own merits even though he knew Griffith. When that didn’t work out, he “phoned Melanie.”

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“I hated doing it, because it’s politics for me; call someone to help you. But I realize that’s part of what it’s all about,” he said.

The trick earned him a Golden Globe nomination. A few years later, he will obtain the memorable role of the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson in field of dreams. Although it moved many to tears, it was not without criticism. Liotta later recalled hearing a baseball announcer at a Mets game complain about hitting in the opposite manner to Joe Jackson.

“(Beep) you! He didn’t come back from the dead either! Liotta remembered thinking.

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His most iconic role, as real mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese Freedmen came shortly after. He and Scorsese had to fight for it though, with multiple auditions and calls to the studio to cast the still relative unknown.

“The thing about this movie, you know, Henry Hill isn’t such an edgy character,” Liotta said in a 2012 interview. physical he does, when he goes after the guy who went after Karen – you know, most of the viewers really like him for that.

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In the same interview, he marveled at how Freedmen had a “life of its own” and only grew over time.

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“People watch it over and over again and always react to it, and different ages are coming in, even today teenagers are coming to see me and they really connect to it emotionally,” he said.

No matter the size of the role, Liotta has always managed to stand out and steal scenes, whether as the father of Johnny Depp in Blow or Adam Driver’s bullish divorce lawyer in Marriage story.

Lorraine Bracco, who played Karen Hill in Freedmen tweeted her condolences, saying the news had “broken” her.

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Alessandro Nivola, who recently appeared with Liotta in The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newarkalso expressed how lucky he felt to be able to work with the star.

Several other celebrities and co-stars also shared their condolences on social media.

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— With files from the Associated Press

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