This comes as quite a surprise. The great actor Ray Liotta, who co-starred in the 1980s film Field of Dreams and had his big break in the 1990 Martin Scorsese crime classic Goodfellas, has passed away. He was 67.
According to our sources, Liotta died peacefully in his sleep while filming Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic. When further information is made available, we will share it with you.
Ray Liotta Cause of Death
Karsen is the daughter that Liota has left behind. He was going to be married to Jacy Nittolo.
Liotta was experiencing a meteoric rise. Roles he’s played recently include those in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move and the ensemble Indie Spirit Award winner Marriage Story. After wrapping up Elizabeth Banks’ Cocaine Bear, he was set to star in Working Title’s The Substance alongside Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley.
He is also an executive producer on the A&E docuseries Five Families, which follows the rise and fall of the five families of the New York mafia—the Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo, and Lucchese.
While he is best known for his film roles, Liotta has also appeared on television shows. He co-starred with Taron Egerton in the Apple TV+ series Black Bird, made a guest appearance in the Prime Video series Hanna, starred in the 2006 CBS crime drama Smith, and starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the 2016–18 NBC police drama Shades of Blue.
For his role as Frank Sinatra opposite Don Cheadle, Joe Mantegna, and Angus Macfayden in the 1998 telefilm The Rat Pack, Liotta received a Primetime Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
He played Shoeless Joe Jackson in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, starring alongside Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his “Who’s thar?” performance in Something Wild (1987), directed by Jonathan Demme. The role of gangster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, became Liotta’s calling card.
Liotta began his acting training at the University of Miami before landing his Another World role. He was born on December 18, 1954, in Newark, NJ. Before co-starring in Casablanca, a short-lived NBC prequel series to the classic film, he appeared in telefilms and was a guest star on St. Elsewhere in 1983. Rick was played by David Soul in this production.
After making his film debut as Ray Sinclair in the Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels romantic comedy Something Wild in the mid-1980s, Liotta went on to play a cop in the ABC drama Our Family Honor. The following year, he co-starred with Tom Hulce and Jamie Lee Curtis in the drama Dominick and Eugene (1988), in which he played Eugene.
That’s how he landed his two most well-known roles.
Field of Dreams, in which Liotta played a ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson, is widely regarded as one of the best baseball movies ever made in Hollywood. Ray Kinsella (Costner) is guided by voices to construct a stadium in an Iowa cornfield, giving a chance to a character who was banned from baseball for life after the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal. The film, which featured Jones, Amy Madigan, and Burt Lancaster in his final film role and was directed by Phil Alden Robinson, was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Never forget the time when James Caan was publicly mourning the death of Ray Liotta and some shitbird tried to get cute, only for Caan to send him packing pic.twitter.com/Ixub0aCozo
— Daniel Carlson (@danielwcarlson) July 7, 2022
In addition to narrating the 2015 documentary series The Making of the Mob, Liotta has appeared as a guest star on numerous hit television shows, including The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, Family Guy, Hannah Montana, Just Shoot Me!, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Liotta’s most recent notable roles were as the twin brothers “Hollywood Dick” and Salvatore “Sally” Moltisanti in the Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and as the second lawyer of Adam Driver’s character in Netflix‘s Marriage Story, which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
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