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Ray Liotta, an actor greatest recognized for his function because the hustler-turned-mob snitch Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas, has died.
Liotta, 67, leaves behind a daughter named Karsen.
He died in his sleep within the Dominican Republic, the place he was capturing the movie Dangerous Waters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liotta was additionally memorable as Ray Sinclair, the violent ex-convict husband of Melanie Griffith’s character, in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild and as cop Matt Wozniak on the 2016-2018 NBC cop drama Shades of Blue.
‘I’m completely shattered to listen to this horrible information about my Ray,’ Lorraine Bracco, who was a co-actor in GoodFellas, tweeted. ‘I will be anyplace on the earth & folks will come up & inform me their favorite film is GoodFellas. Then they at all times ask what was the very best a part of making that film. My response has at all times been the identical … Ray Liotta.’
Scorsese wrote in a assertion despatched to The Hollywood Reporter: ‘He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so brave as an actor. Playing Henry Hill in Good Fellas was a tall order, as a result of the character had so many various aspects, so many sophisticated layers, and Ray was in nearly each scene of a lengthy, powerful shoot. He completely amazed me, and I’ll at all times be happy with the work we did collectively on that image. My coronary heart goes out to his family members, and it aches for his loss, approach too early.’
Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted: ‘Ray Liotta has died. His work as an actor confirmed his complexity as a human being. A delicate man. So unhappy to listen to.’
Jennifer Lopez, who co-starred with Liotta in Shades Of Blue, tweeted, ‘Ray was my accomplice in crime on Shades of Blue … the very first thing that involves thoughts is he so was variety to my youngsters. Ray was the epitome of a powerful man who was all mushy on the within… I suppose that is what made him such a compelling actor to look at. The authentic Goodfella.
‘We shared some intense moments on set these three years! When I first heard he took the job on Shades of Blue I used to be thrilled, and the primary time we walked on set to do our first scene collectively there was an electrical spark and a mutual respect and we each knew this was going to be good.
‘We loved doing our scenes collectively and I felt fortunate to have him there to work with and be taught from. Like all artists he was sophisticated, honest, trustworthy and so very emotional.
‘Like a uncooked nerve, he was so accessible and so in contact in his appearing and I’ll at all times keep in mind our time collectively fondly. We lost a great as we speak … RIP RAY… it is so unhappy to lose you what appears option to quickly.
‘I’ll keep in mind you at all times. Sending a lot love and power to your daughter Karsen, your loved ones and all of your family members.’
Raymond Allen Liotta was born within the metropolis of Newark on December 18, 1954. He was adopted from an orphanage when he was six months previous.
He gained an Emmy in 2005 for his visitor activate the NBC drama ER.