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Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta has died aged 67, his rep has confirmed.
He died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, Jennifer Allen said. No criminal act is suspected.
He was filming a movie called Dangerous Waters and was engaged.
His fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, was with him as he worked on his latest project. He leaves a daughter, Karsen.
In Goodfellas, released in 1990, Liotta played real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film.
Lorraine Bracco, who played Hill’s wife Karen, said she was “completely devastated to hear this terrible news about my Ray”.
She tweeted: “I can be anywhere in the world and people will come and tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas.
“Then they always ask what was the best part of making this movie. My answer was always the same… Ray Liotta.”
Born in Newark, New Jersey in December 1954, Liotta’s first breakthrough came with the role of Ray Sinclair in 1986’s Something Wild, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.
After being abandoned in an orphanage as a baby, he was adopted at six months by township clerk Mary and auto parts store owner Alfred Liotta.
He also played Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams and Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. In the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack, he played Frank Sinatra.
His Broadway debut came in 2004 in the comedy-drama Match, while he also appeared in Muppets From Space and Muppets Most Wanted.
His career was still very active. Recent projects include The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story and No Sudden Move.
Speaking in 2016, Liotta said he regretted the course of his career, including refusing to audition for Tim Burton’s Batman film.
“I would have liked to manage my career differently but, you know, in hindsight…”, he commented.
“When I did my first movie, Tim Burton was getting ready to do Batman and he was interested in me because he wanted it to be edgy and real.
“I was like, ‘Batman? That’s a stupid idea,’ even though he had just done one of my all-time favorite movies, Beetlejuice. So yeah, I regret not auditioning for that. “
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