‘Goodfellas’ actor Ray Liotta useless at 67

Actor Ray Liotta, who starred in Martin Scorsese’s gangster traditional “Goodfellas,” has died immediately within the Dominican Republic, officers and police stated Thursday. He was 67. Liotta, whose blistering flip as real-life mobster Henry Hill in Scorsese’s crime masterpiece gained common admiration, was capturing a brand new movie within the nation when he died in his sleep. Police stated emergency providers have been known as early Thursday morning to a lodge in Santo Domingo the place they discovered Liotta already useless.

The actor’s publicist in Los Angeles, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his demise, saying there have been no suspicious circumstances. Allen stated he had been engaged on a film known as “Harmful Waters.” Liotta grew to become a family title in 1990 when he was forged alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in what’s broadly thought of one of many best movies of the twentieth century. “Goodfellas” gained one Oscar, and was nominated for 5 others. Scenes from the film proceed to resonate as cultural touchstones greater than three many years later. A 12 months earlier than “Goodfellas,” Liotta had performed baseball star “Shoeless Joe” Jackson in beloved sports activities film “Area of Desires,” reverse Kevin Costner. The movie was nominated for 3 Oscars, together with greatest image.

 

‘A mild man’

Information of Liotta’s demise sparked a flood of tributes from colleagues and contemporaries, with “Goodfellas” co-star Lorraine Bracco, who performed on-screen spouse Karen, saying she was “totally shattered to listen to this horrible information.” “I will be wherever on the planet & individuals will come up & inform me their favourite film is Goodfellas,” she tweeted. “Then they at all times ask what was the perfect a part of making that film. My response has at all times been the identical… Ray Liotta.” Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who labored with Liotta on “Dominick and Eugene,” tweeted: “His work as an actor confirmed his complexity as a human being. A mild man. So unhappy to listen to.”

Jennifer Lopez, who starred reverse Liotta within the tv sequence “Shades of Blue,” stated he was “the epitome of a tricky man who was all mushy on the within.” “Like a uncooked nerve, he was so accessible and so in contact in his appearing. We misplaced a fantastic at this time … RIP RAY … it’s so unhappy to lose you what appears option to quickly.” Seth Rogen, who was forged alongside Liotta in black comedy “Observe and Report” known as him “a real legend of immense talent and beauty… a beautiful, proficient and hilarious individual.” Regardless of branching out to indicate the breadth of his expertise, Liotta had not too long ago returned to the world of mob movies, with roles in Steven Soderbergh’s “No Sudden Transfer” and 2021’s “The Many Saints of Newark.”

Alessandro Nivola, who performed alongside Liotta in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a prequel to hit TV sequence “The Sopranos,” stated his co-star’s demise had come “too quickly.” “I really feel so fortunate to have squared off towards this legend in one among his ultimate roles,” he wrote on Twitter. “The scenes we did collectively have been among the many all time highlights of my appearing profession. He was harmful, unpredictable, hilarious, and beneficiant together with his reward for different actors.” Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, in December 1954.

Selection reported he was left at an orphanage at beginning and adopted when he was six months previous. On the College of Miami, he carried out in musicals, and after graduating landed a task on a cleaning soap opera that would supply him with three years’ work to 1981. His first film got here in 1983, nevertheless it wasn’t till 1986’s “One thing Wild” reverse Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels that he got here to wider consideration. The comedy-action-romance was screened at Cannes and scored Liotta a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actor. — AFP

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