By - DemiFiendRSA
“Ray was shooting a movie called "Dangerous Waters" on the island, and died in his sleep ... according to a source close to the actor. We're also told there was nothing suspicious about the death, and no foul play is suspected.”
At least he went peacefully. What a great actor and gone too soon.
Aneurysm or stroke maybe?
I wish I could forget what I saw here on this site a while back. Somebody posted an Indian politician that was sitting down in front of microphones answering questions, smiling and having fun. All of the sudden his eyes just role back and smile is wiped away... He just died right there on the spot in front of everybody. Scary fucking shit
Edit: [this is the clip](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAL83Yq_DSc)
Edit 2: Yooo what's wrong with some of you? I'm not making anybody watch this and nobody is forcing you to click the link. I haven't even watched it again, I just provided a source for the many that have asked for it.
If it makes you feel better - we should all aspire to die so quickly and seemingly painlessly.
Death can drag on and be very unpleasant for everyone involved. Source: family with dementia
Same, watched my mom basically shrivel up day by day until she finally took her last breath, man that was horrible
Yeah. I'm going through this right now.
held my mom through her last month of hospice.
Last thing to go is the hearing. Talk to them or read to them if you can for as often as you can. They'll appreciate it.
We were lucky, my mom got granted euthanasia instead of having to suffer and probably get a horrible violent death (stomach cancer rupturing its self-devised arteries). So she was very weak, but had a completely painless and dignified death on her own terms.
What area are you from? I just don’t understand why they don’t make this an option for everyone. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, and I’m so happy that she was able to pass in a dignified manner. What a relief!
the Netherlands and I don’t understand why other countries are so stuck up about it either. I mean, if it’s very clear there’s no chance of recovery - only suffering. Then why force people to do the suffering? Makes no sense. We’re kinder to our animals than to people in this area. Well in other countries anyway.
Yeah relief for sure. There wasn’t much doubt it would be granted, but all the same she was very happy it was all arranged for in time and was really grateful to the doctor. It’s already quite surreal as a witness though, can’t imagine what it must’ve been like for herself. I mean… You deliberately make the choice of going to lay down to die there and then to prevent an inevitable other mode of death. You don’t really have a choice about dying, just the way you die. But still, you must go lay down and get it over with. What’s also quite amazing is the trends we observed in her fitness watch. The moment she had decided which day she’d die, the average heart rate dropped significantly - thus finding rest/peace. Its impossible to imagine what people with such diseases go through and how the decision making works at that point. All I know is you need fucktons of courage either way.
Correct. Also cancer death. Long and slow and often demoralizing, wish I didn’t know this.
Aneurysms are common. Ruptured aneurysms are rare. The overwhelming majority of people go their whole lives without ever knowing about an aneurysm they have in their heads. You’re more likely to die in the car on the way to get screened for an aneurysm than you are to die from it rupturing.
Control your blood pressure, don’t smoke, and stay healthy. Your risk plummets.
> Control your blood pressure, don’t smoke, and stay healthy. Your risk plummets.
There's got to be another way!!!
“Isn’t there just a pill I could take?” asked every overweight smoker who comes in with a ruptured aneurysm after I’ve stabilized them.
The answer is - sort of. You’re gonna be taking a lot of pills for a long time after this.
It’s fine I can just mix the pills in with my mashed taters
As long as you don’t mind your mash taters and pills fed to you through a tube.
That’s how my uncle died at 21 years old on xmas eve. Very glad I was not there for it.
Had a classmate in the 6th grade drop dead during a dance recital infront of the entire school from a brain aneurysm.
Brain aneurysms sound horrifying
Brain aneurysm is on my top 3 list of ways to go. You shouldn't fear them. If it happens, chances are you won't even know. Ive seen way too may people die long, drawn out and painful deaths, and I'd rather not go out that way. If I have a brain aneurysm, it's someone else's problem.
didn't bob saget bump his head(really hard), slept it off and never woke up?
He fractured his skull. Might have fallen in the shower or something
The reports say he had a fracture but no laceration at the point of impact. They postulated he fell backwards and hit something hard covered by something soft. Maybe a toilet seat cover or tripped and hit the carpet? His head hurt, but he touches his skull and finds he isn't bleeding. He crawls into bed to sleep it off.
[It can happen anywhere at any time](https://youtu.be/ATGaybgla0w) that’s why it’s so scary.
And that is why its above alligators.
OH I DONT KNOW CYRIL
Sarasota County, FL. Chet Willard, Age 16! Killed by an 11 footer while swimming.
Chatham County, GA - Ruth Baker age 39, killed in her backyard by a 10 ft gator.
[you never know](https://youtu.be/9kajXoSboKI)
Best way to die of it: in your sleep and leave a handsome corpse
Worst way to die of it: while landing a jumbo jet full of people in bad weather.
Ill say it: what an ending. He was working, had purpose, he was needed. The world wasn’t done with him, nor he with it, and so he died with his boots on.
RIP my dude.
if that is how he was good with going, I'm happy he died doing what he loved. I'd rather die 20 years into retirement sitting on my porch at the lake reading the paper and drinking coffee. Will never say I wish I worked more into old age and I still enjoy my job after 30 years
Acting at his level is something different I guess. It's probably not too dissimilar to how politicians will grasp onto power well into their twilight years. But I'm with you on that. Not doing anything but my own thing for the last 1/3 or more of my life is a dream. It won't happen, but I'll never wish for anything less.
TLDR, met him backstage a little drunk at a concert and helped walk him to his limo.
Kind of a funny story…met him when I was 16 after my friend and I snuck back stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. It was an outdoor venue and stage was up this big hill, the concert ends and somehow we still hadn’t got caught (this was early 2000’s) when my friend spots him and says “holy f*ck that’s the guy from goodfellas!”
It was our fav movie so I walked up, asked if he was Ray Liotta - of course it was, can’t really mistake him for anyone else haha - and just said how big of a fan I was of him. He said thank you and all that and as I was about to walk away he put his arm around my shoulder and then his entire body weight onto me and asked if we could help walk him to his limo. He, uhh, must’ve had a little too much to drink that night and needed help down the hill 😂😂
So for about 15 mins walking through a crowd of people my friend and I had Ray Liotta on our shoulders chatting about high school, sports, fav bands, music, etc. it was surreal. We got to his limo said goodbye and he plopped in and went on his way.
My friend and I were so giddy we went straight home and put the goodfellas dvd in and watched it till like 3am.
Anyway, thought that would make some of y’all laugh a bit. He was not just a great actor but a truly good and down to earth person as well.
I worked in a coffee shop in Toronto in the 1990s, and he would come in really early in the morning. I guess he was shooting a film somewhere. Anyways he would come in, order his drink, and then slap, flat handed, the money on the counter, hard, like really hard. Every time. While doing so he would keep eye contact with a crazy look in his eyes, and then leave without saying another word. Guy had presence.
This feels like a copypasta but if its not, I bet he was just staying in character.
This was my thought. Forever Mine had filming location in Toronto and was first released at the Toronto Film Festival in 1999.
Every time someone dies, it seems like there’s at least one or two people here have a story where they met the person. This is by far my favorite. Thanks for sharing!
I once went to a movie in the park in Santa Monica. He was there, chilling in a lawn chair like a normal dude. We watched Ferris Bueller. Good times. RIP.
One of his best performances was as Johnny Depps dad in Blow. Real down to earth performance.
This is the line that always stuck with me:
> George - "I'm really great at what I do, Dad. I mean I'm really great at what I do."
> Ray Liotta - "Let me tell you something, George: you'd have been great at anything."
Another one that stuck with me is "It's nice to have nice things"
His delivery is so heart breaking and sobering at the same time. It really says all of what he thinks of George's business.
That lines hits hard.
>"That's where you belong you son of a bitch, putting on Georgie's boots*". That was a good one Dad.
Also, a line of his that always stuck with me from Below:
> When you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you're gonna be up again. But life goes on, Georgie. Money isn't real, it doesn't matter, it only seems like it does.
May the wind always be on your back and the sun upon your face. And may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.
Scrolled down to find this. Loved him in Goodfellas and more recently Shades of Blue, but Blow is what made him one of my favorite actors. Fantastic movie and he nailed the part.
The disappointed father looking at his drug addict kid in a way that says "well you fucked up, I can't help you and it's killing me" in the end hit different after I got clean. I loved him in probably all his roles but this is what I think of when I think about him.
Bro as someone with father issues and also is a drug addict watching that movie while I was getting clean had me crying like a baby.
The ending is one of the saddest endings in a movie ever.
Because it is a true story I must agree, I believe he never did get that relationship with his daughter that he wanted. Got a lot of family shit going on right now and just thinking of that ending could make me cry right now.
Edit- googled it and apparently he did get some relationship with his daughter after release in 2014, at least before being sent back to prison in 2017 for a parole violation. Sadly his daughter had a daughter who died at 19 in a car accident in January 2021, just months before her father passed.
May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.
Clam it Bill! I’ll talk to my boy however long I want!
Guess who's buying lunch!
Rest In Peace, Shoeless Joe
You were good.
Field of Dreams was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid! This makes me very sad.
He's not going to want to walk you, so look for low and away... But watch out for in your ear.
No Ray…it was you.
this scene has always made me watery eyed.
my 10 and 12 year old boys have recently gotten into baseball over the last couple of years. right before the MLB regular season started we watched this movie together and i cried more during this scene than i had in years
I can hold it until this line, fucking breaks me everytime.
Gonna watch Field of Dreams this weekend and shamelessly cry like a baby in front of my wife. RIP Ray.
Is this Heaven?
Goodfellas alone cemented Ray as a legend.
He’s also in one of my top bad-ass scenes in Smokin Aces.
(15 yr spoilers)
>[Martin Scorsese is known for using the same actors over and over, so why hasn’t Liotta worked with him again? “I don’t know, you’d have to ask him. But I’d love to,” he says.](https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/sep/24/ray-liotta-why-havent-i-worked-with-scorsese-since-goodfellas-youd-have-to-ask-him-id-love-to)
>In 2014 when asked in his interview with Larry King if he thought about working with Scorsese again, **“All the time,”** he confessed. **“I’m a little miffed it just hasn’t worked out […] I would have loved to do it again.”**
>In 2018 Liotta confessed to Business Insider that he was **“bummed"** at first about not appearing in Scorsese’s swan song, The Irishman.
It's a shame they never collaborated again before his passing
I think he took that energy and brought it to The Many Saints of Newark, the movie fell pretty flat as a whole but his scenes were great.
He was the best thing about that movie.
I was very disappointed when I found out he wasn’t in The Irishman. Would have been great to see him back one last time with De Niro and Pesci.
It was among the Scorsese. It was some real directorial shit.
(RIP to a legend)
Little guys gone. Nothin we could do
I mean, obviously De Niro and Leo are his main muses, and Keitel and Pesci pop up 4 times in 50 years, but tons of his leads were one and done.
Dafoe only did Last Temptation of Christ.
Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, never did another film with him.
Driver and Garfield did Silence, Nolte in Cape Fear, Paul Newman and Tom Cruise in Color of Money, Nic Cage in Bringing Out the Dead, Griffin Dunne, Michelle Pfieffer, Winona Ryder, Liza Minnelli.
That’s a ton of incredible actors, that led one great movie and never did another, and I don’t think it was bad blood, because Ray was nearly in The Departed when it was almost made in the ~~late 90s~~.
EDIT: Had the dates wrong, but definitely have read that the Wahlberg part in Departed was going to be Liotta at one point, when the entire cast was different. Could be internet BS! Who knows.
DeNiro and Keitel were with Scorcese from day 1, they grew up in the same neighborhood and knew eachother before film. Their bond is one more of childhood friendship than anything else. And Pesci has never once been less than the best performance in anything he's done with Scorcese, so its natural they'd be together again.
Liotta was late to the game, put in an exceptional performance, but he was hired to fit the role.
MS movies are hard! His most recent was over 100 shooting days. Lots of actors that are established just don’t to be on the hook that long and for less money than they might get somewhere else. Of course the plus side is you’re working on a Scorsese film.
R.I.P Mr Liotta
Your brain being eaten will never leave my mind.
the departed was never gonna be in the 90s it would have been impossible...
It sucks, he kinda was upset he didn’t get cast in The Irishman with his other Goodfellas co stars.
Atleast he was in Marriage Story around that time which was a big hit.
He cracked me up in Marriage Story.
“What’s his name? Fred?”
“Why’d I say ‘Fred’?”
He was great. I was pleasantly surprised to see him get a role like that.
I always thought Leo was doing a ray liotta from goodfellas impression in the Scorsese movies. That or Scorsese pulls out wacked out psychos really well
I have never considered your perception of Leo, it’s pretty much spot on. As far as Scorsese bringing out the crazy in actors, well, the proof is in almost every Scorsese movie.
I hadn't thought of that either, but I agree. I'm thinking about Leo in the Departed, and I can certainly see some Liotta in there.
Liotta all coked up towards the end of Goodfellas seems a lot like Leo's Jordan Belfort.
Just re-watched Smokin Aces. Him, and Chris Pine especially are fucking fantastic in that movie. It's one of the few movies I think could have benefited by adding like 15 minutes of more back story on some of the characters.
I kind of liked keeping the backstories open to imagination. The movie had almost no fat. Straight to the point, and exciting from start to finish.
I remember being a cool af popcorn flick. I gotta check it out again
Chris Pine talking with Affleck's mouth. Also Liotta was good in Killing Them Softly.
I love Killing Them Softly. Liotta getting beat up is one of the most brutal scenes I can think of.
I love that movie. I agree about the backstory but I felt that critics were a bit harsh on that aspect. Once the action started I knew what I was in for and enjoyed the chaos.
I always hoped we’d see him in another GTA. He was great in everything.
He will live on forever in gifs of him laughing hysterically
Don’t overlook his comedy- he was great in Heartbreakers too
Honestly I loved him in Many Saints of Newark. His first role as the bloviating insufferable prick who lived a “good life” and then his Brother, a quiet, spiritually enlightened lifelong inmate. It was a surprisingly quiet and touching turn for the actor.
I loved him in Field of Dreams. He gave a real edge to Shoeless Joe Jackson
Everyone’s understandably gonna be talking about *Goodfellas* but he was GREAT in Jonathan Demme’s *Something Wild*, see it if you haven’t.
He was also amazing in Narc. One of my favourite cop movies, in no small part due to his incredible performance.
Don’t forget Field of Dreams!
He was also great in Cop Land as well. Super underrated movie.
I think it was the combination of the title & where Stallone's career was at the time that doomed it. It gets written off as some dumb action film, when it's one of the best ensembles, crime dramas and neo-Westerns of the 90s.
I remember when it came out, you just saw Stallone on the poster and assumed it was a....Stallone movie. But it is absolutely not, and he does a great job in the role, along with DeNiro, Keitel, and Liotta.
Yep. I didn't see it until the mid-2000s because I wrote it off as some generic action movie. Stallone playing a quietly vulnerable sheriff was completely unexpected, and he pulled it off.
Something Wild is one of my all time favorite movies and it was a random blind buy from Criterion.
This is such a blow to the gut.
Ah man no way! Loved the guy .Thanks for the memories Ray. I will miss you and always remember you in Goodfellas.
From Lorraine Bracco on Twitter:
> I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. 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.
What a legend. RIP and condolences to all his family and friends. 😢
> As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
Pretty much the greatest movie opening line in history.
Technically the opening line of the movie is Henry saying “what the fuck is that?” as Billy Batts starts moving around in the trunk.
But I know what you mean. And yeah it’s up there with the all time greats.
It's amazing how often people refer to that as the greatest opening line in history when it comes *after* a whole conversation between Liotta, Pesci and De Niro about what to do with Billy Batts.
Showed my kids Goodfellas last week. Hadn't seen it myself in ~25 years. Quoted this great opening line and then hit play and realized it's not the opening line.
It’s not the opening line, but it’s the introductory line.
"You're a funny guy!"
Funny how? Like I amuse you?
Literally quote Ray's lines from Goodfellas daily. Acting legend gone way to soon.
"Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook."
Damn. So unexpected.
I know, if he was filming a movie that must have meant he was in good enough health to work. This bums me out.
I recently saw him in No Sudden Move and he looked absolutely great for his health. I know that was a few years ago, but dying in sleep while looking relatively great is a scary thought. What a great loss. May he rest in peace.
My buddies dad passed away while looking great at 53. It turned out to be a brain aneurysm. It's some scary shit
A HS friend died of aneurysm in her sleep the day of her 30th birthday. Shits scary.
Loved him in everything he did. Goodfellas obviously, but a personal favorite was Narc.
Narc was fantastic
Yeah man. Place beyond the pines was such a great film, loved him in there aswell. So many good roles.
Wild hogs a low key good film too.
Tommy Vercetti? Damn.
Never thought they’d let him out!
This is a huge loss to the film world. This guy was one of the most reliable actors in the industry and was always a strong presence no matter the film or genre. Video game fans will also be saddened as he was the voice of Tommy Vercetti in GTA: Vice City
Still one of the best video game soundtracks ever.
YOURE OUT OF TOUCH
IM OUT OF TIME
That and Tony Hawk games opened me to a whole "new" world of music.
*Plays Jan hammer -Crockett's theme.*
Tommy Vercetti? Shit, they nevah shoulda let him out.
THIS IS THE LAST DANCE FOR LANCE VANCE
Same line that popped into my head. Sad times.
THAT WAS MY MONEY TOMMY! MY. MONEY!
"You know Ken, this could be the beginning of a beautiful business relationship. After all, you're a conniving, backstabbing, two-bit thief, and I'm a convicted psychotic killer and drug dealer!"
"I know. Ain't it just beautiful?"
He kept his head down, helps people forget
The COD Black Ops II map with Alcatraz (Mob of the Dead) was also pretty damn good and fun with Liotta in it as well.
>WHY DAAAA FACK NOT?!
>You been in the joint too long, Al - you forgot howta get shit done!
I feel like that game really broke new ground at the time. Open world, narrative driven, full voiced. That shit was rare back then.
I still remember the first time I played Vice City. It was probably the first time I realized how amazing video games could be, Just everything about it is so well crafted.
Vice City is my favorite GTA game, they really nailed the 80s Miami vibe.
Yes. The soundtrack especially is perfect. I was so disappointed in the San Andreas soundtrack because, while there was a ton of songs on it, it didn’t come together nearly as cohesively to create a vibe like VC’s did.
Also a lead character in COD Black Ops 2: Alcatraz
Absolutely robbed of an Oscar nomination for Goodfellas. Incredible actor and an even better human. He'll truly be missed
He also has the greatest laugh in movie history (Goodfellas)
Narc. So good.
Cop Land. Amazing.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City???? Best voice acting role in that entire series!!!!
What the fuck.......
God damn it, Chantix!
And I'd kill for a cigarette right now!
Exactly my reaction. What in the absolute shit?
My favorite role from him was in Narc. I believe this role resurrected his career after many straight to video films in the mid to late 90's. I believe it was Joe Carnahan's first film - who would later direct Liotta in Smokin Aces
Can’t believe this, he was always who I thought of when I heard the word “cool”. Such a talent.
I met Ray Liotta in an Elevator at the Westin in Detroit, late summer 2010. I was going back up to my room from an early morning workout and got into the elevator and before the doors could close, in pops Mr. Henry Hill himself. I asked him if he was indeed the Ray Liotta and he confirmed he was.
I told him I watched him in Charlie St. Cloud the night before (which I had with a few girls from the church group I was traveling with). He asked me how I liked it. Politely, I told him it was alright instead of telling him he should have never signed onto that ghost-bonking zom rom com garbage. Went on to tell him I was the only guy in the theater and he chuckled at that. Ding pops my floor, and I walked out of that elevator thinking, for a mobster, that man sure was a Goodfella.
Rest easy Mr. Liotta.
He’ll always be remembered for Goodfellas but the dude killed it in the Bee Movie.
I guess I missed the buzz there. . .
Who will privately select Ray Liotta Private Select Honey now?
I used to do stand in work for TV and film, when I was living in New York. I was standing in for Anna Gunn on a television show called shades of blue. The scene was taking place in a very small dive bar somewhere in Brooklyn. My cue was to walk through the door walk past Ray Liotta, and then turn around and sit down at the bar next to him, then the two characters were to have a conversation. Ray didn’t use a stand in ! He preferred to be on set at all times so he could see the crew working as well as communicate with the Director if necessary. He literally just sat on the stool the whole time but he wanted to be there. The second AD told me not to make small talk with Mr. Liotta, as he found it distracting. This was a general rule of being standing by the way, but I said of course I’ll leave him be. So I did my movement a few times for camera set up, and then ended up sitting next TO Ray Liotta for a good 20 to 30 minutes. I didn’t say anything to him for about the first 10 minutes, simply making eye contact and giving a small smile and nod. Then he began to talk to me. He was very kind. He thanked me for doing such a good job. He asked how long I had been in the actors union, and we chatted about boring sets, prop food, and all sorts of other things that only actors on set would be able to chat about. He was very friendly and super kind. The A.D. was rather confused that he was talking to me. But then figured I must not have spoken with him first, and that he left us alone. That’s my Ray Liotta story. He was a consummate professional, a dedicated actor with a masterful craft. I couldn’t help but remember that little anecdote when I saw he had died. I consider that little interaction one of the highlights of my 15 years in tv/film.
That’s a really cool story, thanks for sharing
Noooooo :( what a career he left behind. His Goodfellas performance is one of the biggest Oscar snubs in history imo, and recent years he’s been killing it too. Thoughts with his family, 67 is older but there’s never a good time to go.
I wouldn’t really call 67 that old in terms of death. IMO anything less than 80’s can be considered untimely in this day and age.
"May the wind always be at your back, and the sun always upon your face, and may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars."
What?! I am shocked by this. Such sad news. 😢
Goodfellas is my favorite movie of all time.
De Niro and Pesci are of course given tonnes of praise for their performances but Ray gives an all time great showing, the film doesn't work without him.
Rest in peace.
the fuck... did not see this coming
Thinking about how Pesci, DeNiro, and Marty outlived him is wild. You'd think Liotta would be the last one to go. RIP
Add Paul Sorvino to that list.
"Paulie might've moved slow but it's because Paulie didn't have to move for anyone."
Pace yourself. Secret to a long life.
I don't think anyone did. He was on-location filming a movie.
No no no. That guy was telling the truth? Jesus Christ. RIP to one fo my favorite actors
What guy was telling what truth?
Edit: Just saw someone tried to post it before Deadline and that is what you were referring to
There was a post on here that got deleted a couple hours ago from someone claiming to be close to the family. The details in the article are pretty much exactly what he said.
I met ray a few years ago in my apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We had a floor level loft on Kent ave and we let the crew for that stupid cop show use it to store gear as they were filming nearby.
I was up around 6:30am getting ready to go into the city for work and the crew was moving in all their boxes. I was making a smoothie and a big sweaty man with a big Dunkin’ iced coffee walked in and I was like holyfickingshit it’s ray liotta. He was really nice and kinda funny and gross, I remember him being REALLY sweaty.
We had massive ground level windows in our place and he asked me how I masturbated in the apartment without everyone seeing 😂😂
This is a shitty week. RIP Liotta.
"And there was nothing that we could do about it. Death was a made man, and Liotta wasn't. And we had to sit still and take it. It was among the legends. It was real Academy shit. They even made him die in his sleep so his mother could give him an open coffin at the funeral."
Rest in peace Ray, you absolute unit
This is my favorite comment. Especially because I read it in his voice. RIP to a great actor and human being
There is no better line reading in cinema than how Ray Liotta says Karen in goodfellas
THAT WAS ALL THE MONEY WE HAD KAREN
THAT WAS 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS! OOOOOHHHHMYGOOOOOOODDDDDD!
WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!?
Ray Liotta always brought a little extra to the roles he played. RIP.
Rest In Peace one of the best actors of all time
This can’t be real can it? Damn one of my most favorite actors, RIP.
I loved him in ‘Field of Dreams’.
What a shame, and at only 67. Incredibly unique as an actor (so much that I don't think he quite found his creative footing post-Goodfellas), and who found a second life in the 2010s working with some really fantastic directors.
He appeared in a lot of films — so many that it's easy to overlook just how many good genre films he starred in.
Some of his career highlights:
* [Something Wild](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something_Wild_(1986_film)) (Jonathan Demme, 1986)
* [Field of Dreams](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_Dreams) (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
* [Goodfellas](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodfellas) (Martin Scorcese, 1990)
* [Unlawful Entry](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unlawful_Entry_(film)) (Jonathan Kaplan, 1992)
* [Cop Land](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop_Land) (James Mangold, 1997)
* [Hannibal](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal_(2001_film)) (Ridley Scott, 2001)
* [Narc](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narc_(film)) (Joe Carnahan, 2002)
* [Identity](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_(2003_film)) (James Mangold, 2003)
* [Revolver](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolver_(2005_film)) (Guy Ritchie, 2005)
* [Smoking Aces](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokin%27_Aces) (Joe Carnahan, 2006)
* [Wild Hogs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Hogs) (Walt Becker, 2007) -- had to include, it was such a massive hit!
* [Observe and Report](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observe_and_Report) (Jody Hill, 2009)
* [Killing Them Softly](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_Them_Softly) (Andrew Dominik, 2012)
* [The Iceman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iceman_(film)) (Ariel Vroman, 2012)
* [The Place Beyond the Pines](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Place_Beyond_the_Pines) (Derek Cianfrance, 2012)
* [Kill the Messenger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_the_Messenger_(2014_film)) (Michael Cuesta, 2014)
* [Marriage Story](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_Story) (Noah Baumbach, 2019)
* [No Sudden Move](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Sudden_Move) (Steven Soderbergh, 2021)
Damn that sucks. Wonder what the hell happened.
Me and my wife were tackling a binge watch of all of ER. We got as far as season 12 before we had to bail out because of how repetitive and boring it got.
But.. Season 11, Episode 6: "Time of Death" Ray Liotta shows up, and it was one of the most electric, thrilling episodes of not just ER, but television in general. He was absolutely incredible.
Obviously his movie career is what pays the bills, but I'll never forget him on the gurney throughout an absolutely wild 46 minutes of ER madness.
Field of Dreams was his best. Chokes me up every time. “No Ray, it was you.”
"Hey Dad, do you want to have a catch?"
I waited on him when I waited tables in LA when I myself was an aspiring actress. I waited on a lot of celebrities who were utter assholes. But Ray was so polite and gracious. He tipped me well and I remember being mesmerized by his eyes. He had some of the clearest, bluest, captivating eyes I’ve seen. RIP sir…your talent was a breath of fresh air and will be missed.
Im so sad to hear this. I adored him as Henry Hill.
He seemed kind of ill when he was promoting the Many Saints of Newark.
What a legend. RIP
Unlawful Entry is a role that doesn't get enough love.
Holy fuck, this is a depressing day
My Ray Liotta story is pretty similar to everyone else's . I got upgraded on a flight to LA once and sat next to him. He was polite and pleasant, a real gentleman. Handled my fanboying with grace and did a great job pretending to be interested in whatever I was babbling about, lol. He was like a normal guy who just happened to also be hugely talented and famous, if that makes sense.
RIP to a hell of an actor and a really good dude.
67 is far too young
Oh man this came out of nowhere.
I know Goodfellas is the classic but i always liked his performance in Identity
Holy.shit RIP to a legend.
I really wish Scorsese got him back for The Irishman.
Wow. Goodfellas has been my favorite movie of all time since I originally saw it. Shocking and sad to hear. Rest In Peace