Ray Liotta, Goodfellas and Field of Dreams star, dies at 67

The “Goodfellas” and “Field of Dreams” star died in his sleep while in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming a movie.

WASHINGTON – Ray Liotta, the actor best known for playing bandit Henry Hill in “Goodfellas” and Shoeless baseball player Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams,” has died. He is 67 years old.

An official at the Dominican Republic’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences, who was not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed Ray Liotta’s death and said his body had been taken to the Cristo Redentor morgue. The Hollywood Reporter and NBC News quoted Liotta’s representatives as saying he died in his sleep Wednesday night. He was in the Dominican Republic shooting a new movie.

Lorraine Bracco, who plays Karen Hill on “Goodfellas,” tweeted Thursday that she was “Absolutely heartbroken to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I could be anywhere in the world and people would come and tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part about making that movie. My answer is always the same… Ray Liotta. ”

Alessandro Nivola, who recently appeared with Liotta in the “The Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” wrote, “I feel so fortunate to have been able to battle this legend in one of the roles. his last. The scenes we did together were some of the all-time bright spots in my acting career. He’s dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious, and generous with praise for the other actors. Too early.”

The Newark, New Jersey native, was born in 1954 and was adopted at the age of 6 months by a town worker and auto parts owner in an orphanage. Although growing up he mainly played sports, including baseball, during his senior year of high school, the drama teacher at the school asked him if he wanted to be in a play and he agreed to do one. dramatic. And it stuck: He would go on to study acting at the University of Miami. After graduating, he got his first big break with the soap opera “Another World.”

Liotta’s first big film role was in Jonathan Demme’s “Something Wild” as the ex-husband of Melanie Griffith’s convicted character Ray. That in turn brought him a Golden Globe nomination. A few years later, he landed the memorable role of the ghost of Joe Jackson in Shoeless in “Field of Dreams”.

His most iconic role, as real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” came shortly after. However, he and Scorsese had to struggle to land it, with numerous auditions and begging the studio to choose the role still unknown.

“The thing about that movie, you know, Henry Hill isn’t such a sharp character,” Liotta said in an interview in 2012. “It’s really the other guys doing all the work. real murder. The only thing that he does, when he’s going after the guy who’s been after Karen – you know, most of the audience, they really like him for that. ”

In the same interview, he marvels at how “Goodfellas” has “a life of its own” and has only evolved over time.

“People watch it over and over and still enjoy it, and different ages come up, even today, teenagers come to me and they really connect emotionally with it,” he said.

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