Ray Liotta
American actor
Ray Liotta
Raymond Allen "Ray" Liotta is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime-drama Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese and his role as Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams. He has won an Emmy Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He is also known for starring as the protagonist, Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Biography
Ray Liotta's personal information overview.
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5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Movie (and wine) buffs need to get in gear now - the last film fest of the season is too good to miss. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) It's the last film festival of the year - and it's in northern Californian wine country. Need we say more? The six-year-old Napa Valley Film Festival is rolling out some big names, new movie-watching venues (in wineries, of course), and a brand-new schedule. The festival incorporates all four Napa towns (Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga) for movie showings, cooking demos, wine-tasting, and unique events. Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons not to miss this year's wine-fueled movie celebration, November 9-16. We'll cheers to that! 1. The celebs The Celebrity Tributes night on Thursday alone features Lee Daniels (creator of Empire), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, showing at the festival), and Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight). Also appearing at the festival: Matthew Mc ...
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Ray Liotta On 'Goodfellas,' Acting And His Return To TV
NPR - 6 months
"My career has been up and down, and I like it much better being up," Liotta says. He plays a corrupt NYC police lieutenant on the NBC series Shades of Blue. Originally broadcast Jan. 12, 2016.
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Apple Music finally decides to explain how the product works
Yahoo News - 9 months
Technically Incorrect: In two new ads featuring DJ Khaled, Ray Liotta and Naomi Campbell, Apple Music tries to counter perceptions that its streaming service is confusing.
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Regrets? Ray Liotta has one, but it's not his 'Shades of Blue' -- think Batman
LATimes - 10 months
Ray Liotta, who stars as Lt. Matt Wozniak, "a bisexual cop who's dirty," on NBC's "Shades of Blue, has a gallery of distinctive and memorable characters he's played in a career that has spanned more than three decades. His landmark films include "GoodFellas," "Field of Dreams" and his film debut,...
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Regrets? Ray Liotta has one, but it's not his 'Shades of Blue' -- think Batman
LATimes - 10 months
Ray Liotta, who stars as Lt. Matt Wozniak, "a bisexual cop who's dirty," on NBC's "Shades of Blue, has a gallery of distinctive and memorable characters he's played in a career that has spanned more than three decades. His landmark films include "GoodFellas," "Field of Dreams" and his film debut,...
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Regrets? Ray Liotta has one, but it's not his 'Shades of Blue' -- think Batman
LATimes - 10 months
Ray Liotta, who stars as Lt. Matt Wozniak, "a bisexual cop who's dirty," on NBC's "Shades of Blue, has a gallery of distinctive and memorable characters he's played in a career that has spanned more than three decades. His landmark films include "GoodFellas," "Field of Dreams" and his film debut,...
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Regrets? Ray Liotta has one, but it's not his 'Shades of Blue' -- think Batman
LATimes - 10 months
Ray Liotta, who stars as Lt. Matt Wozniak, "a bisexual cop who's dirty," on NBC's "Shades of Blue, has a gallery of distinctive and memorable characters he's played in a career that has spanned more than three decades. His landmark films include "GoodFellas," "Field of Dreams" and his film debut,...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Liotta
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 60
    Liotta starred in the Western miniseries Texas Rising for The History Channel in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Other projects include Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner, Stretch with Chris Pine and a David Guetta video. Since June 2015, Liotta narrates the AMC docu-series The Making of the Mob. Since 2016 Liotta stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 59
    In 2014, Liotta played a preacher in the faith-based film The Identical.
    More Details Hide Details He had a supporting role in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons, executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    He starred alongside Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in the 2012 Andrew Dominik film Killing Them Softly and the 2013 Ariel Vromen film The Iceman features Liotta as the character of Roy DeMeo.
    More Details Hide Details He had a supporting role in Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
  • 2011
    Age 56
    In 2011, he starred in The Son of No One, opposite Channing Tatum and, for the first time in his career, Al Pacino.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    Liotta played Detective Harrison in the 2009 Jody Hill comedy Observe and Report as Seth Rogen's nemesis from the local police.
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  • 2005
    Age 50
    In 2005, he narrated Inside the Mafia for the National Geographic Channel.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared in Smokin' Aces — reuniting with Narc director Carnahan — in which he portrayed an FBI agent named Donald Carruthers in one of the lead roles. Liotta appeared with John Travolta in the movie Wild Hogs, in Battle in Seattle as the city's mayor, and in Hero Wanted as a detective alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.. He also appeared in Crossing Over, co-starring Harrison Ford.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    In 2004, Liotta made his Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella in the Stephen Belber play, Match.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2010s, Liotta appeared in Date Night, with Steve Carell, Charlie St. Cloud with Zac Efron, the independent drama Snowmen, and The River Sorrow, which stars Liotta as a detective alongside Christian Slater and Ving Rhames.
  • 2003
    Age 48
    He then reunited with director James Mangold in 2003, alongside John Cusack and Alfred Molina, in the dark horror-thriller Identity.
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  • 2001
    Age 46
    Liotta played the father of drug dealer George Jung in the 2001 Johnny Depp film Blow and, in the following year, appeared as Detective Lieutenant Henry Oak in the Joe Carnahan-directed film Narc, a role that led to an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    In addition to his film roles, Liotta portrayed singer Frank Sinatra in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack (for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination), he provided the voice of Tommy Vercetti for the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and appeared in the television drama ER in 2004, playing Charlie Metcalf in the episode "Time of Death".
    More Details Hide Details The ER role earned Liotta an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" (Liotta would later spoof himself and his Emmy win in Bee Movie). Liotta starred in the 2006 CBS television series Smith, which was pulled from the schedule after three episodes, and in 2012 Liotta appeared as himself in a purely vocal role for the "What a Croc!" episode of the Disney Channel comedy series Phineas & Ferb.
    In 1998, he received critical praise for his performance in Phoenix playing a compulsive gambler.
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  • 1997
    Age 42
    Liotta married actress Michelle Grace in February 1997 after they met at her former husband (Mark Grace)'s professional baseball game. The couple co-starred in The Rat Pack, in which Liotta played Frank Sinatra and Grace played Judith Campbell Exner. They have a daughter. The couple divorced in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details From his experience shooting the Western Texas Rising, Liotta says he has continued horseback riding. He said, "I was obsessed with riding horses the show. I love it now. I've never had a hobby. It might be my new hobby. Just love it, everything about them. Horses are unbelievable: Smart, loyal -- and moody, laughing which I can relate to." On February 19, 2007, Liotta was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Cadillac Escalade into two parked vehicles in Pacific Palisades. He pleaded no contest.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 37
    In 1992, he costarred as a psychopathic cop alongside Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe in the thriller Unlawful Entry.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in a leading role in the sci-fi/action film No Escape. Liotta earned critical praise for his turn in James Mangold's film Cop Land, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, and Harvey Keitel.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    In 1990, Liotta portrayed real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's film Goodfellas.
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  • 1989
    Age 34
    In 1989, he costarred alongside Kevin Costner in the fantasy/drama film Field of Dreams— Liotta portrayed Shoeless Joe Jackson, the ghost of the famed baseball player.
    More Details Hide Details His voice over line, "If you build it, he will come", is #39 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 movie quotes.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 28
    He made his film debut in a sexual assault scene with Pia Zadora and a garden hose in the 1983 cult classic The Lonely Lady.
    More Details Hide Details His first major acting role was Something Wild (1986), which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination.
  • 1978
    Age 23
    One of Liotta's earliest roles was as Joey Perrini on the soap opera Another World; he appeared on the show from 1978 to 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He quit the show so he could try his luck in the film industry, and moved to Los Angeles.
    Liotta graduated from the University of Miami, where he received a degree in Fine Arts in 1978 and studied acting with Robert "Buckets" Lowery.
    More Details Hide Details He performed in musicals such as Cabaret, Dames at Sea, Oklahoma, and Sound of Music, during college, especially in his first year of acting studies. After college, Liotta moved to New York City. He got a job as a bartender at the Shubert theaters and landed an agent within six months.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1973
    Age 18
    He graduated from Union High School in 1973 in Union, New Jersey where he grew up.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on December 18, 1954.
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