It has been reported that iconic actor Ray Liotta passed away yesterday, May 26th The star was 67 years old. According to the actor’s publicist, Liotta died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming the thriller Dangerous Waters.
Born in Newark, N.J., Liotta has said he only chose to study drama in college because it didn’t require him to take any math classes. He’d only auditioned for plays because a pretty girl told him he should, and it turned out that he was a fan. “To be honest with you,” he told The Guardian in September 2021, “I thought I’d be in construction.”
Liotta had acknowledged that he would always be known for Field of Dreams, which he had never seen because it brought back memories of his mom having been ill when it premiered, and, of course, Goodfellas.
His many former co-stars and others quickly paid tribute to the prolific actor. Lorraine Bracco, who played his wife in Goodfellas, said she was “utterly shattered” by the news. “I can be just about anywhere in the world and people will come up and tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas,” she wrote on Instagram. “And then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. And my response has always been the same…Ray Liotta.”
“If you got one movie that people remember, that’s great,” Liotta said. “If you got two, that’s fantastic.”
He is survived by his fiancée, Jacy Nittolo; an adult daughter, actress Karsen Liotta, whom he shares with ex-wife Michelle Grace; and a sister, Linda Liotta Matthews.