Goodfella's Ray Liotta Dies at Age 67
LOS ANGELES – Veteran actor Ray Liotta, best known for his role as mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's 1989 gangster epic "Goodfellas," has died. He was 67.
Liotta reportedly died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was working on the film "Dangerous Waters," his publicist, Jennifer Allen said. Foul play is not suspected, Allen added.
Liotta's fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, was with him when he died.
"I'm absolutely shocked and devastated by the sudden, unexpected death of Ray Liotta,” Scorsese said in a statement. “He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so courageous as an actor."
Liotta was known for portraying cops and gangsters in such films as "Something Wild," "Cop Land" and "Killing Them Softly." But audiences knew him more for his role as ghost of baseball giant Shoeless Joe Jackson in "Field of Dreams," where he was opposite Kevin Costner.
But he is best known for “Goodfellas,” the acclaimed mafia epic co-starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, where he portrayed Henry Hill, a real-life mobster who gets caught up in the thrill and excitement of organized crime.
More recently, He enjoyed a comeback in recent years, with his role as a divorce lawyer in Noah Baumbach’s "Marriage Story," then playing a mob boss in Steven Soderbergh’s "No Sudden Move" and a New Jersey mafioso in last year's "The Many Saints of Newark," HBO's prequel to its acclaimed mob series, "The Sopranos."