Ray Liotta, a beloved actor best known for his iconic role in Goodfellas, passed away at 67.
The actor was working on the movie Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic. Though it's been only after 24 hours since we learned about Liotta's passing, details are emerging.
Henry Hill, A Role That Changed Liotta's Life Forever
The actor's enormous legacy starts with the role of Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. The movie from 1990 is a classic, and so is Liotta's role in Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams, released in 1989.
In the latter, Liotta played Joe Jackson, a dead baseball star who only came back to life for one game.
Tributes Are Pouring
Director Martin Scorsese called Liotta a "courageous" and "uniquely gifted" actor.
The famed director was "absolutely shocked and devastated" to learn that Liotta passed away, adding he was amazing to work with.
As Scorsese said:
"Playing Henry Hill in Goodfellas was a tall order because the character had so many different facets, so many complicated layers, and Ray was in almost every scene of a long, tough shoot."
"He absolutely amazed me, and I'll always be proud of the work we did together on that picture."
Scorsese paid final tributes to the star, saying:
"My heart goes out to his loved ones, and it aches for his loss, way too early."
De Niro, Lopez, And Others Speak About Liotta's Death
Robert De Niro, who was Liotta's co-star in Goodfellas, stated to Hollywood Reporter saying:
"I was very saddened to learn of Ray's passing."
"He is way too way young to have left us. May he Rest in Peace."
Jennifer Lopez, who stared with Ray Liotta in Shades of Blue, called him a "partner in crime."
She posted her tribute on Twitter:
"The first thing that comes to mind is he so was kind to my children. Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside… I guess that's what made him such a compelling actor to watch."
Singer Ed Sheeran paid respects and called Liotta "such a fun guy."
The two met in 2015 while filming a video for Bloodstream. Sheeran shared his tribute on Instagram, writing:
"He was such a fun guy, so so sweet, and I loved being around him. Goodfellas will always be my favorite movie. Will raise a toast tonight for him."
Seth Rogen called Liotta a "lovely, talented and hilarious person."
Rogen and Liotta worked on a 2009 movie Observe and Report, and Seth shared his experience on Twitter:
"Working with him was one of the great joys of my career, and we made some of my favorite scenes I ever got to be in. A true legend of immense skill and grace."
Fans Share Their Favorite Ray Liotta Moments
Social media users expressed their sadness and shock while paying tributes to the actor in the best possible way - by recalling his best roles.
One fan wrote:
"Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco will forever enter through the kitchen in 'The Copa Shot.' One of cinema's touchstone moments for its technical achievement in serving as the magic doorway into Henry Hill's exclusive world. Scorsese has the couple walk in a circle to achieve depth."
Another fan tweeted:
"RIP, Ray Liotta, I'm still waiting to find that one special woman that I love so much I beat the shit out of her creepy neighbor with the butt of my gun and ask her to hold it for me in a gesture that would bond us romantically and signal her implicit approval of my life of crime."
A person shared a brief meeting with Liotta:
"Once saw Ray Liotta at a coffee shop with Damien Chazelle, loudly hyping up Chazelle to the strangers at the other tables. 'You see this guy? You know who he is? Go watch Whiplash! Brilliant director! I'm gonna do a movie with him!"
"A stoked icon. RIP."
Ray Liotta's Acting Skills Amazed Generations
As people said their goodbyes, some chose to share Liotta's way of delivering lines. One fan tweeted:
"Ray Liotta's delivery of, 'How could I go to school after that and pledge allegiance to the flag and sit through good government bullsh*t?' has been burned into my brain for most of my life."
Another praised Ray's authenticity:
"Nobody actually wanted to be a gangster. Everyone just wanted to be Ray Liotta."
Liotta's Acting Career Started In The 80s
Ray Liotta rose to fame after his first role as Ray Sinclair in the dark comedy Something Wild in 1986.
His portrayal of an ex-convict earned him a Golden Globe.
Young Liotta continued the path of success with the 1988 film Dominick and Eugene.
As most of us know the rest, it should be noted that Liotta never failed to amaze us with his roles. One of his last movies was the 2019 Marriage Story, in which he played a lawyer for Adam Driver's character.
He appeared in 2021 The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to The Sopranos. Liotta's next movie is scheduled to be released in 2023. It is The Cocaine Bear, a new film directed by Elizabeth Banks.
Death On A Movie Set
Deadline broke the story that Ray Liotta passed away in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting a movie called Dangerous Waters.
His fiancé Jacy Nittolo was with him on the set.
TMZ reported that there is nothing suspicious about the actor's death. He passed away in his sleep.
Our thoughts are with Ray Liotta's family and loved ones.