Ray Liotta

Actor, Graveyard groundskeeper, Bartender
Despite an inauspicious start on a daytime soap opera, actor Ray Liotta slowly developed into a well-respected star, thanks to roles in acclaimed films like "Something Wild" (1986), "Goodfellas" (1990) and "Narc" ... Read more »
Born: 12/17/1954 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Texas Rising 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

30 for 30 2014 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Alone 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Karma 2014 (Movie)

Jack Molloy (Actor)

Better Living Through Chemistry 2014 (Movie)

Jack Roberts (Actor)

Breathless 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Control 2014 (Movie)

Billy Ray (Actor)

Flock of Dudes 2014 (Movie)

Reed (Actor)

Kill the Messenger 2014 (Movie)

John Cullen (Actor)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

Big Papa (Actor)

Only in New York 2014 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Revenge of the Green Dragons 2014 (Movie)

Michael Bloom (Actor)

The Identical 2014 (Movie)

Reece Wade (Actor)

The River Murders 2014 (Movie)

Detective Jack Verdon (Actor)

Abominable Christmas 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

Dear Dracula 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Pawn 2013 (Movie)

Man in the Suit (Actor)

Stretch 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Roy Demeo (Actor)

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

Deluca (Actor)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

Markie Trattman (Actor)

NTSF:SD:SUV 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Details 2012 (Movie)

Peter Mazzoni (Actor)

Ticket Out 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

All Things Fall Apart 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Brintall (Actor)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Snowmen 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Son of No One 2011 (Movie)

Captain Marion Mathers (Actor)

Charlie St. Cloud 2010 (Movie)

Florio Ferrente (Actor)

Chasing 3000 2010 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Crazy on the Outside 2010 (Movie)

Gray (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannah Montana 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Entitled 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Lance Wescott (Actor)

Crossing Over 2009 (Movie)

Cole Frankel (Actor)

Observe and Report 2009 (Movie)

Detective Harrison (Actor)

The Line 2009 (Movie)

Mark Shields (Actor)

Who Bob What Pants? 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

Mayor Jim Tobin (Actor)

Comeback Season 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Giallo 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hero Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Detective Terry Subcott (Actor)

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale 2008 (Movie)

Gallian (Actor)

Powder Blue 2008 (Movie)

Jack Doheny (Actor)

SpongeBob SquarePants 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Ray Liotta (Actor)

Even Money 2007 (Movie)

Tom Carver (Actor)

Local Color 2007 (Movie)

John Talia Sr (Actor)

Revolver 2007 (Movie)

Dorothy Macha (Actor)

Slow Burn 2007 (Movie)

Ford Cole (Actor)

Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

Donald Carruthers (Actor)

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

9th Annual Prism Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Precinct Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Guest

ER 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spike TV Video Game Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Jack Devine (Actor)

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Identity 2003 (Movie)

Rhodes (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rumor of Angels 2002 (Movie)

Nathan Neubauer (Actor)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Chief Monroe (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Narc 2002 (Movie)

Henry Oak (Actor)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

Fred Jung (Actor)

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Forever Mine 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

Paul Krendler (Actor)

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Dean Cumanno/ Vinny Staggliano (Actor)

A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

Gate Guard (Actor)

Phoenix 1998 (Movie)

Harry Collins (Actor)

The Rat Pack 1998 (Movie)

Frank Sinatra (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Gary Figgis (Actor)

Turbulence 1997 (Movie)

Ryan Weaver (Actor)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

Dr David Krane (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Operation Dumbo Drop 1995 (Movie)

Captain Doyle (Actor)

Corrina, Corrina 1994 (Movie)

Manny Singer (Actor)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

Robbins (Actor)

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Dr Richard Sturgess (Actor)

Unlawful Entry 1992 (Movie)

Officer Pete Davis (Actor)

Women & Men II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Henry Hill (Actor)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

Shoeless Joe Jackson (Actor)

Dominick and Eugene 1988 (Movie)

Eugene Luciano (Actor)

Arena Brains 1986 (Movie)

The Artist (Actor)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

Ray Sinclair (Actor)

Casablanca 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lonely Lady 1982 (Movie)

Joe Heron (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy Times (TV Show)

Actor

Hardhat and Legs (TV Show)

Actor

Inferno (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Point Of Origin (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

Bad Karma 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Snowmen 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Slow Burn 2007 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Narc 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Phoenix 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Music (1)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

("End Of The Road") (Song Performer)

Biography

Despite an inauspicious start on a daytime soap opera, actor Ray Liotta slowly developed into a well-respected star, thanks to roles in acclaimed films like "Something Wild" (1986), "Goodfellas" (1990) and "Narc" (2002). Though not an A-list talent who could command a $20 million salary and guarantee a record-breaking weekend, Liotta nonetheless carved out a niche playing morally conflicted cops and psychopathic villains, though he struggled to attract audiences when he vied for their attention with lighter roles in films like "Corrina, Corrina" (1994) and "Heartbreakers" (2001). While he did make his share of big budget Hollywood fare for better - "Field of Dreams" (1989) - or worse - "Wild Hogs" (2007) - he always seemed better suited in the independent world, where he shined in "Copland" (1997) and "Smokin' Aces" (2006), making Liotta one of the more dependable and revered actors of his generation.

Relationships

Michelle Grace Actor

Wife
Married Feb. 15, 1997 Divorced 2004

Alfred Liotta

Father
Adopted Ray when he was 6 months old Served as president of local Democratic club; unsuccessfully ran for local office when son was in junior high

Karsen Liotta Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 21, 1998; mother, Michelle Grace Acted together in "A Rumor of Angels" (2000)

Mary Liotta

Mother
Adopted Ray when he was 6 months old Unsuccessfully ran for local office Died 1989

Linda Liotta

Sister
Adopted by Ray's parents

Heidi Von Beltz Producer

Companion
Began dating 1982 Split 1983

EDUCATION

1983
Studied acting with Harry Mastrogeorge

University of Miami

Miami , Florida 1978
Developed interest in acting; classmates included actor Steven Bauer

Union High School

Union , New Jersey 1973
In 1992, he was inducted into their Hall of Fame

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes in "The Place Beyond the Pines"

2012

Co-starred with Brad Pitt in crime drama "Killing Them Softly," a feature adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel Cogan's Trade

2011

Cast in "The Son of No One," co-starring Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, and Juliette Binoche

2010

Co-starred with Michael Cera and Jean Smart in the film adaptation of C.D. Payne's "Youth in Revolt"

2010

Appeared opposite Zac Efron in "Charlie St. Cloud," about a young man coming to terms with the death of his younger brother

2009

Appeared with Harrison Ford in "Crossing Over," about illegal immigrants in Los Angeles

2009

Co-starred with Seth Rogen in the mall cop comedy "Observe and Report"

2007

Co-starred in the action-comedy "Smokin' Aces," directed by Joe Carnahan

2007

Played a district attorney opposite LL Cool J in "Slow Burn"

2006

Cast as a master thief on the short-lived CBS series "Smith"

2005

Co-starred in "Revolver," written and directed by Guy Ritchie

2004

Delivered Emmy nominated guest starring role as an alcoholic suffering from withdrawal symptoms on first real-time "ER" (NBC) episode

2004

Appeared in Broadway production of "Match"

2003

Cast in the ensemble thriller "Identity"; reunited with "Cop Land" director James Mangold

2002

Played a fire investigator in HBO drama "Point of Origin"

2002

Delivered a strong turn as a volatile cop in the Sundance-screened "Narc"

2001

Co-starred as a Justice Department official in "Hannibal"

2001

Cast as the father of drug dealer George Jung (Johnny Depp) in "Blow"

2000

Appeared as the distant father of a troubled young boy in "A Rumor of Angels"; screened at Seattle and Toronto

1998

Portrayed Frank Sinatra in HBO movie "The Rat Pack"

1998

Starred opposite Anjelica Huston in "Phoenix"

1997

Played serial killer Ryan Weaver in "Turbulence"

1997

Won praise for his performance as a policeman struggling with his conscience in "Cop Land"

1994

Acted opposite Whoopi Goldberg in "Corrina, Corrina"

1992

Delivered terrific performance as a lonely LAPD officer in Jonathan Kaplan's urban paranoia thriller "Unlawful Entry"

1990

Starred as Irish gangster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas"

1989

Portrayed Shoeless Joe Jackson in "Field of Dreams"

1988

First feature lead, co-starred with Tom Hulce as "Dominick and Eugene"

1987

Appeared in short subject "Arena Brains"

1986

Breakthrough screen role, as violent ex-convict Ray Sinclair in "Something Wild"

1985

Played supporting part in the ABC drama series "Our Family Honor"

1983

Made feature debut as Joe Heron in "The Lonely Lady," starring Pia Zadora

1983

Cast as a regular on short-lived NBC drama "Casablanca"

1982

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1980

Made primetime TV-movie debut in "Hardhat and Legs" (CBS)

1978

Professional acting debut, walking in a park with a girl in commercial for K-tel Records' "Love Songs of the 50s"

1978

Worked as bartender for Shubert Organization theaters in New York

1978

Made TV acting debut as Joey Perrini on NBC daytime soap "Another World"

Spent first six months of life in an orphanage in New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources listed 1955 as Liotta's birth year.

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"I'll tell you what keeps me grounded – my buddies. I still pal around with the same guys I went to kindergarten with. They treat me the same now as they did then. I can't get no respect."Although there is one thing they appreciate. They'll say, 'Let's bring Ray. Then we'll get a limo and the best table in the restaurant.'" – Liotta to Daily News, Feb. 18, 1996

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"That element of danger, the idea that he could blow at any minute, is tremendously appealing." – Jonathan Kaplan on Liotta in Us, March 1996

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"Marty [Scorsese] didn't want me to meet him [Henry Hill] while we were working on the movie. We were taking artistic liberties with his character. But I met him later out here. It turned out I knew somebody who worked in a bar who knew Henry's brother. Then Henry Hill called and wanted to meet me. In a bowling alley. So I went, and we met. It was like a movie." – Liotta quoted in Parade magazine, March 31, 1996

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"You'd be surprised how little camaraderie there is on a movie set. I just finished a movie called 'Phoenix' with Anthony LaPaglia, Jeremy Piven and Anjelica Huston. It was one of the best experiences I've had in terms of hanging out together and having fun. But, on 'Cop Land', the only person I did any hanging with was Sly, because we had so many scenes together and we liked each other. Everybody else kind of went off into their trailers." – Liotta to The Chicago Tribune, Aug. 28, 1997

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"Acting came to me at the right time in my life and I have been blessed by being able to do it for all these years." – Liotta in Movieline, December/January 2003

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"I'd do a film like 'GoodFellas' and then all I'd be offered was crazies. I kept turning them down because I didn't want to get typecast. I was a schmuck, I guess." – Liotta to Movieline, December/January 2003

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On Feb. 17, 2007, Liotta was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his car into two parked cars in Pacific Palisades, CA.

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