Ray Liotta was an American actor and film producer. Liotta died in his sleep on May 26, 2022, at the age of 67, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In May 2023, the cause of death was attributed to respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, and heart disease, with atherosclerosis as the underlying cause
Ray Liotta Personal Life
Ray Liotta was born on 18 December 1954 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. At the age of six months, he was adopted by township clerk Mary and auto-parts store owner Alfred Liotta after being abandoned at an orphanage.
Liotta’s foster parents both ran unsuccessfully for local political office; he remembered going to parades to hand out flyers for his father’s race. Liotta had a sister, Linda, who was also adopted. He said he knew he was adopted as a young child.
In the 2000s, he hired a detective to locate his biological Irish mother, who learned that his family was mostly of Scottish descent. He had one biological sister, one biological half-brother, and five biological siblings.
Liotta died in his sleep on May 26, 2022, at the age of 67, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic while filming Dangerous Waters. At the time of his death, he was engaged to Jacy Nittolo. In May 2023, the cause of death was attributed to respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, and heart disease, with atherosclerosis as the underlying cause.
Ray Liotta Career
After college, Liotta moved to New York. He became a bartender in the Shubert organization and within six months an agent. One of his earliest roles was in Joey Perrin’s soap opera Another World, in which he appeared from 1978 to 1981. He left the show and moved to Los Angeles. He made his film debut in 1983’s The Lonely Lady. His first major acting role was in Something Wild (1986), for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination, as Best Supporting Actor.
In 1989, Liotta portrayed the ghost of baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in the fantasy/drama film Field of Dreams. In 1990, Liotta played real-life gangster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s widely acclaimed and commercially successful Oscar-winning Goodfellas. In 1992, he played a psychopathic policeman in the thriller Illegal Entry. He starred in the science fiction/action film No Escape. In 1996, he starred in the science fiction thriller Unforgettable. Liotta received critical acclaim in James Mangold’s 1997 film Cop Land and received critical acclaim for his role as a gambler in Phoenix in 1998. Liotta portrayed singer Frank Sinatra in the television film The Rat Pack (1998 for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination).
In December 2001, he played himself in the comedy Just Shoot Me. In October 2002, he voiced Tommy Vercetti in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Liotta played law enforcement officer Paul Krendler in the film Hannibal (2001) opposite Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. Also in 2001, he played the father of drug dealer George Jung in the film Blow. In 2002, he appeared as Detective Lieutenant Henry Oak in the film Narc directed by Joe Carnahan. The role earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination for Best Actor. He met director James Mangold in the 2003 dark horror thriller Identity alongside John Cusack and Alfred Molina.
In 2005, he narrated Inside the Mafia for National Geographic. In 2006, he appeared in the film Smokin’ Aces, where he met Narc director Carnahan, in which he co-starred as an FBI agent named Donald Carruthers. In 2004, Liotta made his Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella in Stephen Belber’s play Match. Ben Brantley of the New York Times described Liotta as “interesting” but “not much of a Broadway debut.” In the same year, he appeared in a Heineken commercial in the UK. The ads were eventually pulled by Ofcom for “breaking the advertising code by implying that stronger alcohol is better”. In 2007, Liotta appeared alongside John Travolta in Wild Hogs and Battle in Seattle as the mayor of the city.
In 2008, he starred as a detective in Hero Wanted alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. Also in 2008, he appeared as a guest in the SpongeBob episode “What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?”. In that episode, he voices the leader of a gang called the Bubble Poppin’ Boys who tries to kill the amnesiac SpongeBob SquarePants (voiced by Tom Kenny). In 2009, he appeared in the film Crossing Over, which starred Harrison Ford. Liotta played Detective Harrison as Seth Rogen’s nemesis from the local police in the 2009 Jody Hill comedy Look and Report. In 2011, he starred in The Son of No One alongside Channing Tatum and Al Pacino. In the 2010s, Liotta appeared on Date Night alongside Steve Carell, Charlie St. Cloud with Zac Efron, and the independent drama Snowmen and The River Sorrow, in which Liotta plays a detective along with Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. He co-starred with Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in the Andrew Dominik film Killing Them Softly (2012) and the Ariel Vromen film (2012) The Iceman, in which Liotta is the character of Roy DeMeo. He had a supporting role in Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
In 2014, he played a preacher in the faith-based film The Identical. His other projects in 2014 include Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner, Stretch with Chris Pine, and a David Guetta video. In 2015, he starred in The History Channel’s western miniseries Texas Rising. For his performance, he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. In 2015–2016, he narrated the AMC documentary series The Making of the Mob. Liotta starred in Shades of Blue with Jennifer Lopez from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, he became the spokesperson for Pfizer’s Chantix advertising campaign. Liotta appeared as Charlie Barber’s (Adam Driver) second divorce lawyer Jay Marotta in Noah Baumbach’s 2019 film Marriage Story. The film was critically acclaimed and earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Liotta was praised for her performance, with Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian stating, “What a thrill to hear her syrupy gravelly voice again”. The Hollywood Reporter described Liotta as “in the fine, mischievous form”.
In 2021, he played twin brothers “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and Salvatore “Sally” Moltisanti in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to the HBO crime drama series The Sopranos. Liotta appeared in the film Cocaine Bear, based on the true story of an American black bear who swallowed a bag of cocaine in 1985. Released in theaters in February 2023, the film is directed by Elizabeth Banks and follows the aftermath of drug runners losing cocaine in a plane crash and being eaten by a bear. The film was dedicated to his memory.
Ray Liotta Relationship
Liotta married actress and producer Michelle Grace in February 1997 after they met at a baseball game where her ex-husband Mark Grace played for the Chicago Cubs. They had a daughter, Karsen, before they divorced in 2004.
Ray Liotta Net Worth
At the time of his death, Liotta has a net worth of $14 million. He has gathered his net worth by working in the industry for 40 years.
Ray Liotta Education
Liotta graduated from Union High School in 1973 and was later named to the Union High School Hall of Fame. Liotta attended the University of Miami where he studied acting and graduated in 1978 with a BA degree.
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Ray Liotta Physical Stats
|Height||6 feet or 183 cm|
|Weight||190 pounds or 86 kg|
|Body Measurement||89-107-39. 5 cm|
|Shoe Size||12 US|
Ray Liotta Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Raymond Allen Liotta|
|Date Of Birth||18 December 1954|
|Age||67 (as of 2023)|
|Birthplace||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Died||26 May 2022|
|Death place||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
|Profession||Actor, film producer|
|Step-Parents||Alfred Liotta, Mary Liotta|
|Spouse||Michelle Grace (m. 1997; div. 2004)|
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