The tragic death of actor Ray Liotta (67), far from home

Ray Liotta: an unexpected death
How did Ray Liotta die?
Shooting a movie in the Caribbean
He was about to get married
His daughter Karsen
Famous from 'Goodfellas'
Seeking stardom during the 80s
Ray Liotta's first leading role
An unusual star
His own style
The many movies of Ray Liotta
Primetime Emmy for an 'ER' appearance
Ray Liotta in 'Hannibal'
One of his last good roles
Adopted
He trained to be an actor
A brilliant career
Ray Liotta: an unexpected death

Veteran actor Ray Liotta has passed away. He was 67 years old and spending some time in the Dominican Republic when it happened, according to Deadline.

How did Ray Liotta die?

According to Deadline, Ray Liotta died in his sleep. Much more information about his death has not been disclosed.

Shooting a movie in the Caribbean

Ray Liotta was shooting the film 'Dangerous Waters' in the Dominican Republic.

He was about to get married

As reported by different media at the time (in 2021), Ray Liotta had gotten engaged to Jacy Nittolo. He passed away before they could tie the knot.

His daughter Karsen

Ray Liotta has a daughter named Karsen, whose mother is actress Michelle Grace. Liotta was married to her from 1997 to 2004. Karsen has confirmed the death of her father.

Famous from 'Goodfellas'

Ray Liotta became a star as a result of his role in 'Goodfellas,' a classic directed by Martin Scorsese. It was the year 1990.

Seeking stardom during the 80s

Before he worked with Scorsese he had already fought hard in the industry. By 1987, Liotta had gathered several minor award nominations. One of them was for his supporting role in 'Something Wild,' directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels.

Ray Liotta's first leading role

Together with Tom Hulce (who would later play Mozart in 'Amadeus'), he starred in 'Dominick and Eugene' in 1988. It's a forgotten film in which Jamie Lee Curtis also appeared.

An unusual star

'Goodfellas' shot him to stardom, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of John Travolta and Andie McDowell. Ray Liotta was, due to his temperament and physical appearance, an unorthodox heartthrob, often cast as the scoundrel.

His own style

Hollywood standards were never quite cut out for Ray Liotta, both in his choice of shirts (see image) and his general attitude.

The many movies of Ray Liotta

After 'Goodfellas', Ray Liotta shot many films but rarely found a role to match that gangster in the Scorsese movie. Yet, his presence always animated the screen. He was splendid, for example, in 'Cop Land' alongside Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Sylvester Stallone.

Primetime Emmy for an 'ER' appearance

In 1994, Ray Liotta played a guest role in the popular series 'ER,' where his character was at death's door and looks back upon his troubled life. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for this performance.

Ray Liotta in 'Hannibal'

In 'Hannibal' (2001), the sequel to 'The Silence of the Lambs,' Liotta famously had his brains eaten by the cannibalistic villain.

One of his last good roles

In 'Marriage Story' (2019), Noah Baumbach's drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Ray Liotta had a brief but masterful appearance.

Adopted

Ray Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, on December 18, 1954. As he himself recounted on numerous occasions, he learned at the age of six that he had been adopted. His mother, Mary, was a secretary. His father, Albert, was a car salesman.

He trained to be an actor

Ray Liotta studied acting at the University of Miami and began his career as a stage actor.

A brilliant career

Over the years, Liotta would become an iconic TV and movie actor, even if the titles he played, didn't always match his talent.

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