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'Goodfellas,' 'Field of Dreams' star Ray Liotta dead at 67

Kate Feldman, New York Daily News on

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Actor Ray Liotta, best known for playing Henry Hill in the New York City-set mob flick “Goodfellas,” has died at age 67.

The Newark, New Jersey, native died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting his new movie, “Dangerous Waters,” his publicist confirmed to the Daily News Thursday.

His fiancee, Jacy Nittolo, was with him at the time.

“I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing,” Robert De Niro, who starred alongside Liotta in “Goodfellas,” told the Daily News Thursday. “He is way too way young to have left us. May he rest in peace.”

Joe Pesci, who also starred in the film, told The News, “God is a Goodfella and so is Ray.”

The iconic actor, who has appeared on the big screen for decades, also played Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams.” More recently, he appeared in the 2019 Netflix movie “Marriage Story” and the “Sopranos” prequel series “Many Saints of Newark.”

 

Liotta first turned heads in the Jonathan Demme-directed “Something Wild,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. But it was his turn as the ruggedly handsome Henry Hill in “Goodfellas,” narrating the rise and fall of a Brooklyn mob family that pulled off a $6 million heist from the Lufthansa vault at JFK Airport in 1978, that made him a star.

“It’s nice that the movie still lives on in people’s minds,” Liotta told the Daily News of “Goodfellas” in 2020, the 30th anniversary of the mob classic. “It seems like it’s one that’s going to keep on going.”

“Goodfellas,” directed by Martin Scorsese, racked up six Oscar nominations, with co-star Joe Pesci taking him the trophy for best supporting actor. The movie also starred De Niro and Lorraine Bracco as Henry Hill’s wife.

“I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray,” Bracco tweeted. “I can be anywhere in the world & people will come up & tell me their favorite movie is ‘Goodfellas.’ Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta.”

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