Actor Ray Liotta, who starred in Martin Scorsese’s gangster basic “Goodfellas,” has died all of the sudden within the Dominican Republic, officers and police mentioned Thursday. He was 67.
Liotta, whose blistering flip as real-life mobster Henry Hill in Scorsese’s crime masterpiece received common admiration, was taking pictures a brand new movie within the nation when he died in his sleep.
Police mentioned emergency providers had been referred to as early Thursday morning to a lodge in Santo Domingo the place they discovered Liotta already lifeless.
The actor’s publicist in Los Angeles, Jennifer Allen, confirmed his dying, saying there have been no suspicious circumstances.
Allen mentioned he had been engaged on a film referred to as “Harmful Waters.”
Liotta grew to become a family identify in 1990 when he was solid alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in what’s extensively thought-about one of many best movies of the twentieth century.
“Goodfellas” received one Oscar, and was nominated for 5 others. Scenes from the film proceed to resonate as cultural touchstones greater than three a long time later.
A yr earlier than “Goodfellas,” Liotta had performed baseball star “Shoeless Joe” Jackson in beloved sports activities film “Area of Goals,” reverse Kevin Costner.
The movie was nominated for 3 Oscars, together with greatest image.
Information of Liotta’s dying sparked a flood of tributes from colleagues and contemporaries, with “Goodfellas” co-star Lorraine Bracco, who performed on-screen spouse Karen, saying she was “completely shattered to listen to this horrible information.”
“I will be anyplace on this planet & individuals will come up & inform me their favourite film is Goodfellas,” she tweeted.
“Then they at all times ask what was the most effective 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 delicate man. So unhappy to listen to.”
Jennifer Lopez, who starred reverse Liotta within the tv collection “Shades of Blue,” mentioned he was “the epitome of a troublesome man who was all mushy on the within.”
“Like a uncooked nerve, he was so accessible and so in contact in his performing. We misplaced an amazing at the moment … RIP RAY … it is so unhappy to lose you what appears strategy to quickly.”
Seth Rogen, who was solid alongside Liotta in black comedy “Observe and Report” referred to as him “a real legend of immense ability and beauty… a stunning, proficient and hilarious individual.”
Regardless of branching out to indicate the breadth of his expertise, Liotta had lately 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 collection “The Sopranos,” mentioned his co-star’s dying had come “too quickly.”
“I really feel so fortunate to have squared off towards this legend in one in every of his closing roles,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The scenes we did collectively had been among the many all time highlights of my performing 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 delivery and adopted when he was six months outdated.
On the College of Miami, he carried out in musicals, and after graduating landed a job on a cleaning soap opera that would supply him with three years’ work to 1981.
His first film got here in 1983, but it surely 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.