Ray Liotta, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ star, dies at 67 – NBC News
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta starred in the 1990 film “Goodfellas” and Liotta played Henry Hill, a real-life mob associate who gets swept up in the thrill and glamour of the criminal underworld.
Ray Liotta was elevated to stardom in “Field of Dreams” and “Goodfellas” and his line “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster” made him famous.
“Field of Dreams” elevated his status and “Goodfellas” catapulted him into American film history. Joe Pesci was the only “Goodfellas” cast member to receive an Academy Award nomination. Winning best supporting actor in 1991.
Ray Liotta remained a respected screen artist and recognizable face after “Goodfellas,” and enjoyed a small-scale comeback in recent years. He had supporting roles in films like ‘Blow’ and ‘Narc’ as well.
Raymond Allen Liotta was born in 1954 and scored his breakthrough role in Jonathan Demme’s off-kilter comedy “Something Wild”.
Ray Liotta had a mixed bag of roles in the decades that followed, alternating between gritty crime sagas, thrillers and comedies. He played himself on the sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” and co-starred with Jennifer Lopez on the NBC cop drama “Shades of Blue.”
In the recent “Sopranos” prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark,” Liotta played a dual role, creating “two distinctly separate characters,” according to “Sopranos” creator David Chase.
“I have been an admirer of Ray’s work since I saw him in ‘Something Wild,’ a movie he wrenched by the tail. I was so glad he worked on ‘The Many Saints of Newark.’ I believed strongly in my heart that he could play that double role,” Chase said in a statement.
“We all felt we lucked out having him on that movie,” he added.
Liotta was married to Michelle Grace and had one daughter.
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