As the industry magazine Deadline reports, Ray Liotta has died. The actor was in the Dominican Republic for a film shoot. There he is said to have died in his sleep. Further details are still unknown.
Liotta began his film career in the 1980s and landed his first big hit with Dangerous Girlfriend . Jonathan Demme’s crime comedy earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also thrilled in “ Field of Dreams ” alongside Kevin Costner .
But he had to wait until 1990 for his big breakthrough. He starred opposite Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese ‘s Mafia masterpiece Goodfellas . The true life of the gangster Henry Hill is told, because Liotta embodied in the film adaptation.
The actor with the incredibly characteristic face was often cast for Mafiosi, other villains, but also cops. He played tough guys again and again – in films like “ Escape from Absolom ”, “ Cop Land ” or “ Narc ”.
Ray Liotta: He could do more than the tough mafiosi
But Liotta’s comedic talent is often suppressed. In the animated film » Bee Movie » he skilfully made fun of his own award-winning guest role from the series hit «Emergency Room», in a «SpongeBob» episode he made fun of his mafia actor image and in » Shopping-Center King » embodied it he’s a great nemesis for Seth Rogen’s department store cop.
In addition, Ray Liotta was in films such as » Killing Them Softly «, » The Iceman «, » Sin City 2 » and most recently in 2021 again in his gangster star role with both » No Sudden Move » and » Many Saints Of Newark «. ‘ to be seen in the cinema.
Most recently, he shot the thriller » Cocaine Bear » by Elizabeth Banks, which is scheduled to hit German cinemas on April 6, 2023, and the series » Black Bird «, which is scheduled to run on AppleTV+ from July 8, 2022.
Ray Liotta was 67 years old and leaves one daughter.