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, Liotta at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
Raymond Allen Liotta, (1954-12-18) December 18, 1954 (age 58), Newark, New Jersey, US
University of Miami
(1997 - 2004; divorced)
Raymond Allen "Ray" Liotta (born December 18, 1954) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime-drama Goodfellas (1990) and for his role as Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989). He has won an Emmy Award and been nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
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Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was adopted at the age of six months by Mary Liotta, an appointed township clerk, and Alfred Liotta, an auto parts store owner, personnel director, and the president of a local Democratic club. Both of his parents unsuccessfully ran for local office. Liotta's adoptive parents were of Italian and Scottish/Irish ancestry; his biological parents were not of Italian descent. In 1973, Liotta graduated from Union High School in Union, New Jersey and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1992. Liotta studied acting at the University of Miami, where he performed at the university's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.
One of Liotta's earliest roles was as Joey Perrini on the soap opera Another World; he appeared on the show from 1978 to 1981. He infamously made his film debut in a sexual assault scene with Pia Zadora and a garden hose in the 1983 cult classic The Lonely Lady. In 1987, he earned his first Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of volatile ex-con Ray Sinclair in Jonathan Demme's film Something Wild (1986). In 1989, he costarred alongside Kevin Costner in the fantasy/drama film Field of Dreams--Liotta portrayed Shoeless Joe Jackson, the ghost of the famed baseball player. In 1990, Liotta portrayed real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's film Goodfellas. In 1992, he costarred as a psychopathic cop alongside Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe in the thriller Unlawful Entry. He also appeared in a leading role in the sci-fi/action film No Escape. Liotta would earn more critical praise for his turn in James Mangold's film Cop Land, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, and Harvey Keitel. In 1998, he received critical praise for his performance in the crime film Phoenix, in which he plays decent policeman Harry Collins who is also a compulsive gambler.
In addition to his film roles, Liotta portrayed singer Frank Sinatra in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack (for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination), he provided the voice of Tommy Vercetti for the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and appeared in the television drama ER in 2004, playing Charlie Metcalf in the episode "Time of Death". The ER role earned Liotta an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" (Liotta would later spoof himself and his Emmy win in Bee Movie). Liotta starred in the 2006 CBS television series Smith, which was pulled from the schedule after only three episodes had aired, and, in 2012, Liotta appeared as himself in a purely vocal role for the "What a Croc!" episode of the Disney Channel comedy series Phineas & Ferb.
Liotta played the father of drug dealer George Jung in the 2001 Johnny Depp film Blow and, in the following year, appeared as Det. Lt. Henry Oak in the Joe Carnahan-directed film Narc, a role that led to an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male--many critics considered the role to be Liotta's career best. He then reunited with director James Mangold in 2003, alongside John Cusack and Alfred Molina, in the dark horror-thriller Identity. In 2005, he narrated Inside the Mafia for the National Geographic Channel. He later appeared in Smokin' Aces--reuniting with Narc director Carnahan--in which he portrayed an FBI agent named Donald Carruthers in one of the lead roles.
Liotta appeared with John Travolta in the movie Wild Hogs, in Battle in Seattle as the city's mayor, and in Hero Wanted as a detective alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.. He was also in Crossing Over, co-starring Harrison Ford. Liotta played Detective Harrison in the 2009 Jody Hill comedy Observe and Report as Seth Rogen's nemesis from the local police. In 2011, he starred in The Son of No One, opposite Channing Tatum and, for the first time in his career, Al Pacino.
Liotta's recent movies include Date Night with Steve Carell, Charlie St. Cloud with Zac Efron, the independent drama Snowmen, and The River Sorrow, which stars Liotta as a detective alongside Christian Slater and Ving Rhames. Liotta starred alongside Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in the 2012 Andrew Dominik film Killing Them Softly and the 2013 Ariel Vromen film The Iceman features Liotta as the character of Roy DeMeo. As of April 2013, Liotta is working on acting roles in Suddenly and The Muppets ... Again!.
Liotta married actress Michelle Grace in February 1997 after they had met at her ex-husband (Mark Grace)'s professional baseball game. The couple co-starred in The Rat Pack, in which Liotta played Frank Sinatra and Grace played Judith Campbell Exner. Their daughter Karsen was born in December 1998, six years prior to the couple's divorce in 2004.
Lonely Lady, TheThe Lonely Lady
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor,
Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture,
Nominated: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place),
Nominated: New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Dominick and Eugene
Eugene "Gino" Luciano
Field of Dreams
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dr. Richard Sturgess
Officer Pete Davis
Nominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Capt. J.T. Robbins
Operation Dumbo Drop
Capt. T.C. Doyle
Dr. David Krane
Det. Gary "Figgsy" Figgis
Muppets from Space
Gate Guard # 1
A Rumor of Angels
Det. Lt. Henry Oak
Nominated: Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male,
Nominated: Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chief Gus Monroe
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
Last Shot, TheThe Last Shot
Lee Ray Oliver
John Talia Sr.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Battle in Seattle
Mayor Jim Tobin
Det. Terry Subcott
Observe and Report
Also executive producer
Youth in Revolt
Crazy on the Outside
Charlie St. Cloud
Street Kings: Motor City
River Murders, TheThe River Murders
Son of No One
Captain Marion Mathers
All Things Fall Apart
Killing Them Softly
The Devil's in the Details
Dr. Robert Michaels
The Place Beyond the Pines
Man in the Suit
Better Living Through Chemistry
Revenge of the Green Dragons
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Joey Perrini #2
Hardhat and Legs
CBS Television movie
Episode: "Kill Devil"
Our Family Honor
Officer Ed Santini
Women and Men: Stories of Seduction
HBO television movie
Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules
HBO television movie
Episode: "Frasier Grinch"
Rat Pack, TheThe Rat Pack
Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Episode: "Brian Does Hollywood"
Just Shoot Me
Episode: "Christmas? Christmas!",
Episode: Liotta? Liotta!"
Point of Origin
John Leonard Orr/Aaron
HBO television movie
Episode: "Time of Death", Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series, Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode
Guest appearance, Episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
Hannah Montana Forever
Phineas and Ferb
Guest appearance, Episode "What A Croc!"
Season 2, Episode 12: Wasilla Hills Cop
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Voice Over, G-Phoria Award for Best Male Voice Performance, Spike Video Game Awards for Best Performance by a Human (2003)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Uprising DLC, on the zombies map Mob of the Dead