Ray Liotta: Scorsese and De Niro pay tribute after Goodfellas star dies age 67

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Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Kevin Costner have paid tribute to the “uniquely gifted” Ray Liotta, who has died age 67.

The actor died in his sleep within the Dominican Republic the place he was making a brand new movie. No foul play is suspected.

Liotta is finest identified for enjoying real-life mobster Henry Hill within the basic gangster film Goodfellas in 1990.

Its director, Martin Scorsese, stated he was “completely shocked and devastated by the sudden, surprising loss of life”.

“He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so brave as an actor,” he stated in an announcement.

“Taking part in Henry Hill in Goodfellas was a tall order, as a result of the character had so many alternative sides, so many sophisticated layers, and Ray was in virtually each scene of a protracted, powerful shoot.

“He completely amazed me, and I will all the time be pleased with the work we did collectively on that image.”

Robert De Niro starred alongside Liotta within the movie and launched an announcement that stated: “I used to be very saddened to be taught of Ray’s passing. He’s manner too manner younger to have left us.”

Lorraine Bracco, who performed his spouse, stated she was “totally shattered to listen to this horrible information about my Ray”.

She tweeted: “I will be wherever on the earth and folks will come up and inform me their favorite film is Goodfellas.

“Then they all the time ask what was the very best a part of making that film. My response has all the time been the identical…Ray Liotta.”

Goodfellas - Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta
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Goodfellas – Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta

Kevin Costner and Seth Rogen had been amongst others paying tribute to the New Jersey-born star.

Liotta appeared as a well-known baseball participant in Costner’s Subject Of Desires and the actor tweeted a clip of the pair from the film.

“Devastated to listen to the information of Ray Liotta’s passing,” he stated.

“Whereas he leaves an unimaginable legacy, he’ll all the time be ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in my coronary heart. What occurred that second within the movie was actual. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray.”

Rogen, who labored with Liotta on 2009’s Observe and Report, referred to as him a “proficient and hilarious particular person” and stated “working with him was one of many nice joys of my profession”.

Born in Newark, New Jersey in December 1954, Liotta’s first break got here with the position of Ray Sinclair in One thing Wild in 1986, for which he acquired a Golden Globe nomination.

After being deserted at an orphanage as a child, he was adopted at six months by township clerk Mary and auto-parts retailer proprietor Alfred Liotta.

He additionally performed Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis, and in a 1998 TV movie, The Rat Pack, he portrayed the legendary Frank Sinatra.

His Broadway debut got here in 2004 in dramatic comedy Match, whereas he additionally appeared in Muppets From Area and Muppets Most Wished.

His profession was nonetheless very a lot energetic. Current initiatives included The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story and No Sudden Transfer.

Jacy Nittolo and Ray Liotta attend the Tribeca Fall Preview premiere of "The Many Saints of Newark" at the Beacon Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
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Jacy Nittolo and Ray Liotta on the premiere of The Many Saints of Newark in September 2021

Talking in 2016, Liotta stated he had regrets in regards to the course of his profession – together with turning down the possibility to audition for Tim Burton’s Batman movie.

“I want I would dealt with my profession otherwise however, you recognize, hindsight…” he commented.

“After I did my first film, Tim Burton was on the point of do Batman, and he was keen on me as a result of he needed it to be edgy and actual.

“I assumed, ‘Batman? That is a silly concept,’ though he had simply carried out one in every of my favorite films of all time, Beetlejuice. So, sure, I remorse not auditioning for that.”

Goodfellas remained the movie for which he was finest identified – one thing he was comfy with.

“Individuals ask if I am bothered by that, however no, Goodfellas can be a prime 10 film for years and years, it appears,” he stated.

“I’ve youngsters coming as much as me just like the film’s simply come out that week… That and Subject Of Desires. I get lots of Subject Of Desires lovers too.”

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