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26 May, 2022 16:30

‘Goodfellas’ star and voice of ‘GTA: Vice City’ dies

Ray Liotta reportedly died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting a film
‘Goodfellas’ star and voice of ‘GTA: Vice City’ dies

Actor Ray Liotta, best known for playing a mobster in ‘Goodfellas’ and a baseball legend in ‘Field of Dreams’, as well as for voicing the lead character in ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ passed away on Thursday at the age of 67. The actor was filming in the Dominican Republic and died in his sleep, according to multiple reports.

No foul play was reported. He was on location shooting a movie called Dangerous Waters, co-starring Eric Dane, Odeya Rush and Saffron Burrows.

Liotta’s first major Hollywood role was as Shoeless Joe Jackson in ‘Field of Dreams’ (1989), but his big break was playing the mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’ (1990), opposite Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro.

“If you got one movie that people remember, that’s great. If you got two, that’s fantastic,” he told the Guardian in a 2021 interview.

He went on to become a Hollywood character actor, play multiple roles on stage and television, as well as provide voice-overs for animated features and video games such as the Rockstar Games’ 2002 hit ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’.

Liotta’s most recent major role was in ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ (2021), a prequel to the HBO hit series ‘The Sopranos’, which he had previously turned down a role in because at the time he “didn’t want to do another mafia thing.”

Born in New Jersey, he was abandoned as a baby and raised by a Scottish-Italian family. He is survived by fiancee Jacy Nittolo and daughter Karsen, from his previous marriage to actress and producer Michelle Grace.