Actor Ray Liotta died. According to his publicist Jennifer Allen, Liotta was in the Dominican Republic watching the movie Dangerous Waters when he died in his sleep. He is 67 years old.
The actor is perhaps best known for his role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas, in which he helped shape the idea of the gangster film for years to come. The film is based on Nicholas Pileggi’s popular science book Wise Guy. To prepare for the task, Liotta told WHYY’s Fresh Air that she sat in her mother’s car, listening to Hill’s recording for hours, with whom she had an interview.
“And the most important thing I learned from was how random they were, how easygoing Henry was about what was going on,” Liotta said. “It’s like telling her what her kids are doing and how they are playing in the park, except talking about people being killed or beaten.”
Liotta was born in 1954 in Newark, New Jersey. She grew up in nearby Union after being adopted by the Liott family. She started acting at the University of Miami, where she studied theater. After graduation, she worked in small roles in various TV commercials and movies, but her breakthrough was 1986’s Something Wild, directed by Jonathan Demm. From there, he portrayed the spirit of Shoeless baseball legend Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams, after which he won Goodfellas.
His representative of Goodfellas, Lorraine Bracco, thinks of him on Twitter, writing, “I can be anywhere in the world and people come to me and say their favorite movie is Goodfellas … My answer is always. the same … Ray Liota “.
Although Henry Hill was Liott’s most iconic role, he continued his life in much larger works, in films such as Corrina, Corrina, Cop Land and The Rat Pack. In 2002, he starred in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as Tommy Vercetti, a gangster who has climbed the ranks of the game’s criminal realm. In 2018, he told nighttime hosts Desus & Mero that he knew very little about the series and wasn’t a gamer. “All I’m going to do is swear and call people whores,” he joked.
In 2005, Liotta won an Emmy Award for presenting the hospital drama Emergency, starring Charlie Metcalf, a former alcoholic inmate who tried to reconnect with his son.
Liotta recently brought his signature intensity to him in Shades of Blue, where he starred opposite Jennifer Lopez. The detective show ran for three seasons between 2016 and 2018.