Death Announced Of Goodfellas Star Ray Liotta

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Ray Liotta – Goodfellas

Ray Liotta, star of Goodfellas and Field of Dreams, has died at the age of 67 according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They report that the actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic while shooting his latest film Dangerous Waters alongside Saffron Burrows.

Liotta was born in New Jersey and abandoned at an orphanage before being adopted at six months.

Liotta received a Golden Globe nomination for 1986’s Something Wild. He went onto star in Field of Dreams in 1989 before taking on his career defining role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

If you got one movie that people remember, that’s great. If you got two, that’s fantastic,” he said to the Guardian in 2021 about his association with the gangster drama.

His other memorable roles included Hannibal, Narc, Blow and Copland also alongside Robert De Niro and the family drama Corrina, Corrina with Whoopi Goldberg.

Liotta is renowned and beloved for his role as mafioso turned informant Henry Hill, narrating a tale of his growth into an organised crime gang in the much loved Goodfellas, the one that pulled off the famous Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport in 1978, making off with more than $5m in cash and jewels stored in the German airline’s air cargo building.

The film, which Nicholas Pileggi adapted with Scorsese from his book, was nominated for six Oscars, with fellow fan favourite Joe Pesci getting its lone win.

His more recent roles included Marriage Story and The Many Saints of Newark. His final roles, still to be seen, include Apple thriller series Black Bird with Taron Egerton and Cocaine Bear, directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Liotta is survived by his fiance Jacy Nittolo, who was with him while he was filming, and daughter Karsen.