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More than just 'Goodfellas,' Ray Liotta found range. Here are our favorite roles

Mark Olsen and Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

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‘Goodfellas’ (1990)

Running time: 2:25

Rating: R

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‘Corrina, Corrina’ (1994)

The children in my extended family loved “Corrina, Corrina.” The well-worn VHS played so much that Ray Liotta, much like his character — who always seems to be hovering on the periphery of conversations in the movie — became a fixture in the house, like the ceiling fan or the screen door. Yes, “Corrina, Corrina” belongs to a luminous Whoopi Goldberg, but it’s Liotta’s steady and deft presence that, like that screen door, opens the way. Liotta plays a widower with a daughter who has become nonverbal after her mother’s death. His expression of quiet desperation — no flailing here — when they’re finally home alone is palpable. His eyes and the droop in his shoulders show that he needs, and wants, help. He gets it in the form of Goldberg in the title role. But already breaking through the dark was Liotta — keeping the film in line while playing against type — and his clear-eyed portrayal of a man finding a way back through grief.

Running time: 1:55

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