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Dead Ray Liotta, who was the actor who played Henry Hill in Goodfellas

The world says goodbye to Ray Liotta, unforgotten actor best known for having played Henry Hill, in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas”. At the age of 67, he passed away in his sleep while he was in the Dominican Republic to shoot a movie. Liotta leaves behind a daughter, Karsen, born in her first marriage. And his girlfriend Jacy Nittolo, who had followed him on the set to the Caribbean and with whom he was about to get married.

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Ray Liotta, actor of “Goodfellas”, died: he was 67 years old

Who was

Ray Liotta was born in 1954 in Newark, New Jersey. He is adopted only 6 months by Mary and Alfred Liotta. He was not of Italian origin (as his name might suggest), but Scottish. His passion for acting was born when he was a teenager. He begins acting in college, where he appears, as he himself says, in numerous musicals. After graduating in Fine Arts at the University of Miami he moved to New York where he worked as a bartender at the Shubert theaters and in just six months he found an agent and a job on television.

Ray Liotta was born in New Jersey and was only six months old when he was adopted by Mary and Alfred Liotta, both Catholics and committed to the Democratic Party and at work. Ray reunites with his birth mother in the 2000s: he will discover that his origins are not Italian but Scottish (although the acquired surname will partly affect his career) and that he has, in addition to a sister, a half-brother and five half-sisters. In 1983 she made her film debut in “Donna sola”.

In 1988 he is the twin of a mentally handicapped young man – played by Tom Hulce – in the drama Nick and Gino and the following year he is the Man of Dreams in the film of the same name, the ghost of Shoeless baseball player Joe Jackson who has the field built. to Kevin Costner. One of his best roles is offered by Martin Scorsese: in Goodfellas (1990) he is very good in the role of the ambitious Henry Hill, a small gangster willing to do anything to make his way into the high ranks of the mafia. In the nineties, Liotta’s was a constant presence in the cinema, in commercial films that did not always match his talent such as Article 99, Abuse of Power, Escape from Absolom and When the elephants flew.

In 2001 in Hannibal is Paul Kendler, the corrupt superior of Clarice Starling, forced in the finale to eat his own brain by the protagonist. In the same year he is the father of the character of Johnny Depp in Blow, while in 2002 Joe Carnahan offers him a great leading role, alongside Jason Patric, in the tense detective story Narc. In 2014 he accumulated many television and film participations.

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