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Legendary Actor Ray Liotta Dead At 67

Ray Liotta dead at 67

Ray Liotta, one of the most recognizable actors who popularized the mafia genre, passed away at the age of 67. Best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece Goodfellas, was found dead in his sleep while filming Dangerous Waters.

Ray Liotta passed away at 67
Ray Liotta

Having started his career as a bartender, Liotta’s exceptional talent was noticed in one of his earliest roles as Joey Perrini in the soap opera Another World. However, the ambitious actor soon quit the series to try his luck on the big screen. After having made his debut in The Lonely Lady, the late actor found a major gig in Something Wild (1986), which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. He subsequently appeared in Field of Dreams, another critically acclaimed movie to his name. However, the actor rose to stardom for playing real-life gangster Henry Hill in Scorsese’s Goodfellas, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest acting performances in film history.

Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

After finding fame in the movie industry, the late actor also left a mark in the video-game world by playing the role of Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and starring in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Liotta had also received critical acclaim for his role in Unlawful Entry, James Mangold’s Cop Land, and the neo-noir crime film Phoenix where he played a compulsive gambler to perfection. The actor had also worked with legendary director Ridley Scott in Hannibal (2001), where he played the role of Paul Krendler.

First reported by Deadline, the legendary actor was found dead in the Dominican Republic while filming Dangerous Waters. The actor had most recently made a comeback to the mafia genre in The Many Saints of Newark, a spin-off based on HBO’s The Sopranos. Despite having a limited screen time, Liotta easily managed to overshadow his co-stars in the crime-drama movie.

Ray Liotta in The Many Saints of Newark
Ray Liotta in The Many Saints of Newark

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As the tragic news of Ray Liotta’s death broke out, various directors and actors from the biz have poured in their heartfelt sympathies, praising not only the actor’s unparalleled talent but also his character. Logan director James Mangold, who worked with the actor in Cop Land shared his thoughts on the actor’s passing.

“Beyond the tough guy exterior and the tightly wound emotions of his signature characters, he was a sweet, playful and passionate collaborator and brilliant actor. RIP.”

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Similarly, The Batman star Jeffery Wright and Everything Everywhere All At Once actor Jamie Lee Curtis also took to Twitter to express their grief.

Today, the world is a little bit less shiny as it lost one of its shining stars a bit too soon. Rest in peace, wise guy.

Written by Akash Senapati

Akash is the Lead Content Strategist for FandomWire. Having started as a writer for FandomWire back in 2020, he now manages a global team of writers who share the same passion for motion arts, from Martin Scorsese to the latest MCU flick. He loves DC Comics, Anime, Pink Floyd, and sleeping in no particular order. His favorite graphic-medium writers are Grant Morrison, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Garth Ennis, and Eiichiro Oda. Prep time > Aliens.