Ray Liotta

Ray Liotta

Birth name: Raymond Allen Liotta
Born: December 18, 1954
Age: 68
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
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Raymond Allen Liotta (born December 18, 1954)[1] is an American actor, film producer, and voice actor.

Liotta is best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime drama Goodfellas (1990); other notable roles include Ray Sinclair in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild (1986), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989), Officer Pete Davis in Unlawful Entry (1992), Officer Gary Figgis in Cop Land (1997), Paul Krendler in Hannibal (2001), Fred Jung in Blow (2001), Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002), Chief Gus Monroe in John Q (2002), Samuel Rhodes in Identity (2003), Markie Trattman in Killing Them Softly (2012), and Peter Deluca in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).

He also starred as Lieutenant Matt Wozniak in the television drama Shades of Blue (2016-2018).

Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey,[1] and adopted at the age of six months by Mary Liotta, an appointed township clerk,[2] and Alfred Liotta,[3][4] an auto-parts store owner, personnel director, and the president of a local Democratic club.[2][5] His adoptive parents both unsuccessfully ran for local office.[6] He has a sister, Linda Liotta, who is also adopted.

Liotta has said he knew he was adopted as a young child and did a show-and-tell report on it for kindergarten.[7] Liotta located his biological mother in the 2000s.[7] His adoptive parents were of Italian and Scottish ancestry. After research and talks with his biological mother, he learned he was part Scottish.[8][9] He has one half brother, five half sisters, and a full sister.[10]

Liotta was raised Roman Catholic, although his family was not very religious.[11] Liotta said the family went to church and he received first communion and was confirmed, but the family did not pray much. He occasionally uses prayer in his daily life.[11]

Liotta's parents were both Democrats. Liotta recalls attending parades handing out flyers for his father's run for Township Committee.[7]

He graduated from Union High School[12] in 1973 in Union, New Jersey where he grew up.[8]

Liotta graduated from the University of Miami, where he received a degree in fine arts in 1978 and studied acting with Robert "Buckets" Lowery.[13] He performed in musicals such as Cabaret, Dames at Sea, Oklahoma, and Sound of Music, during college, especially in his first year of acting studies.[14]



After college, Liotta moved to New York City. He got a job as a bartender at the Shubert theaters and landed an agent within six months.[8]

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 quit the show so he could try his luck in the film industry, and moved to Los Angeles. He made his film debut in a sexual assault scene with Pia Zadora and a garden hose in 1983's The Lonely Lady. His first major acting role was Something Wild (1986),[7][15] which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination.[16] 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.[citation needed]

In 1990, Liotta portrayed real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's film Goodfellas.[8]

In 1992, he costarred as a psychopathic cop alongside Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe in the thriller Unlawful Entry. He appeared in a leading role in the science-fiction/action film No Escape. In 1996, he starred with Linda Fiorentino and Peter Coyote in the sci-fi/thriller Unforgettable. Liotta earned critical praise for his turn in James Mangold's 1997 film Cop Land, starring alongside Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, and Harvey Keitel. In 1998, he received critical praise for his performance in Phoenix playing a compulsive gambler.[citation needed]

Liotta at the 2014 Deauville American Film Festival

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), 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".[17] The ER role earned Liotta an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Liotta later spoofed himself and his Emmy win in Bee Movie). Liotta starred in the 2006 CBS television series Smith, which was pulled from the schedule after three episodes, 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.[17]

Liotta played the father of drug dealer George Jung in the 2001 Johnny Depp film Blow and, in the following year, appeared as Detective Lieutenant Henry Oak in the Joe Carnahan-directed film Narc,[17] a role that led to an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male.[citation needed]

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.[17]

Liotta appeared with John Travolta in the movie Wild Hogs, in Battle in Seattle as the city's mayor, and in 2008, starred in Hero Wanted as a detective alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. Also in 2008, he made a guest appearance on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"; in the episode, he voices the leader of a gang called the Bubble Poppin’ Boys, who try to kill an amnesiac SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) because bubble blowing is illegal in New Kelp City, but they get blown away by him, and SpongeBob becomes the new mayor of the city; the episode also had liotta work with another legendary actor, Clancy Brown, who voices Mr. Krabs on the show, although their characters don’t share any screen credit. He also appeared 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.[17]

In 2004, Liotta made his Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella[18] in the Stephen Belber play, Match.[19][20]

In the 2010s, Liotta appeared in 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. He starred alongside Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in the 2012 Andrew Dominik film Killing Them Softly[21] and the 2013 Ariel Vromen film The Iceman features Liotta as the character of Roy DeMeo.[22] He had a supporting role in Muppets Most Wanted (2014).[17]

In 2014, Liotta played a preacher in the faith-based film The Identical.[14][23] He had a supporting role in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons, executive produced by Martin Scorsese.[citation needed]

Liotta starred in the Western miniseries Texas Rising for The History Channel in 2015. Other projects include Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner, Stretch with Chris Pine and a David Guetta video.[23]

Since June 2015, Liotta narrates the AMC docu-series The Making of the Mob.[24]

In 2016, Liotta began starring opposite Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue.

Personal life

Liotta married actress Michelle Grace in February 1997 after they met at her former husband Mark Grace's professional baseball game.[25] Together they co-starred in The Rat Pack, in which Liotta played Frank Sinatra and Grace played Judith Campbell Exner. They have a daughter, Karsen Liotta, born in 1998.[26][8] The couple divorced in 2004.[2][8]

From his experience shooting the Western Texas Rising, Liotta says he has continued horseback riding. He said, "I was obsessed with riding horses . I love it now. I've never had a hobby. It might be my new hobby. Just love it, everything about them. Horses are unbelievable, smart, loyal, and moody, which I can relate to."[7]

On February 19, 2007, Liotta was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Cadillac Escalade into two parked vehicles in Pacific Palisades.[27] He pleaded no contest.[28]



Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Lonely Lady Joe Heron
1986 Something Wild Ray Sinclair 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
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 Arena Brains The Artist Short film
1988 Dominick and Eugene Eugene "Gino" Luciano
1989 Field of Dreams 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson
1990 Goodfellas Henry Hill
1992 Article 99 Dr. Richard Sturgess
1992 Unlawful Entry Officer Pete Davis Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1994 No Escape Captain J.T. Robbins
Corrina, Corrina Manny Singer
1995 Operation Dumbo Drop Captain T.C. Doyle
1996 Unforgettable Dr. David Krane
1997 Turbulence Ryan Weaver
Cop Land Detective Gary "Figgsy" Figgis
1998 Phoenix Harry Collins Also co-producer
1999 Muppets from Space Gate Guard # 1 Cameo
Forever Mine Mark Brice
2000 Pilgrim Jack
A Rumor of Angels Nathan Neubauer
2001 Hannibal Paul Krendler
Heartbreakers Dean Cummano / Vinny Staggliano
Blow Fred Jung
2002 Narc Detective Lieutenant Henry Oak Also producer
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
John Q Chief Gus Monroe
Ticker FBI Agent Short film
2003 Identity Samuel Rhodes
2004 The Last Shot Jack Devine
Control Lee Ray Oliver Direct-to-DVD
2005 Revolver Dorothy Macha
Slow Burn Ford Cole Also co-executive producer
2006 Even Money Tom Carver
Take the Lead Executive producer
Local Color John Talia Sr.
Comeback Season Walter Pearce
Smokin' Aces Donald Carruthers
2007 Wild Hogs Jack
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Gallian
Battle in Seattle Mayor Jim Tobin
Bee Movie Himself Voice
2008 Hero Wanted Detective Terry Subcott
Powder Blue Jack Doheny
2009 Crossing Over Cole Frankel
Observe and Report Detective Harrison
La Linea Mark Shields Also executive producer
Youth in Revolt Lance Wescott
2010 Crazy on the Outside Gray
Date Night Joe Miletto Uncredited Cameo
Snowmen Reggie Kirkfield Also executive producer
Chasing 3000 Adult Mickey
Charlie St. Cloud Florio Ferrente
2011 The Details Peter Mazzoni
The Son of No One Captain Marion Mathers
All Things Fall Apart Dr. Brintall
Street Kings 2: Motor City Marty Kingston Direct-to-DVD
The River Murders Jack Verdon
Field of Dreams 2: Lockout Roger Goodell Short film
The Entitled Richard Nader
2012 Wanderlust Himself Cameo
Killing Them Softly Markie Trattman
Breathless Sheriff Cooley
The Iceman Roy DeMeo
The Place Beyond the Pines Deluca
Ticket Out Jim
Yellow Afai
Bad Karma Molloy
Dear Dracula Count Dracula Voice
2013 The Devil's in the Details Dr. Robert Michaels
Pawn Man in the Suit
Suddenly Todd Shaw
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Jack Roberts
Muppets Most Wanted Big Papa
The Identical Reece Wade Also executive producer
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Joey
Revenge of the Green Dragons Michael Bloom
Stretch Himself Cameo
Kill the Messenger John Cullen
2015 Blackway Blackway
Campus Code Bartender
2016 Sticky Notes Jack
Flock of Dudes Uncle Reed
2018 Alone Mr. Ancilla Post-production
2019 Untitled Noah Baumbach Project Post-production
TBA El Tonto Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Hardhat and Legs Family Television film
1980-1981 Another World Joey Perrini #2 8 episodes
1981 Crazy Times Johnny "Wizard" Lazarra Television film
1983 St. Elsewhere Murray Episode: "Rain"
Casablanca Sacha 5 episodes
1984 Mike Hammer Tony Cable Episode: "Kill Devil"
1985 Our Family Honor Officer Ed Santini 10 episodes
1991 Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules Martin Meadows Television film
1995 Frasier Bob Voice
Episode: "Frasier Grinch"
1998 The Rat Pack Frank Sinatra Television film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2001 Family Guy Zack Voice
Episode: "Brian Does Hollywood"
2001-2002 Just Shoot Me! Himself 2 episodes
2002 Point of Origin John Leonard Orr Television film
2003 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Ray Liotta/The Donnas"
2004 ER Charlie Metcalf Episode: "Time of Death"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2006-2007 Smith Bobby Stevens 7 episodes
2008 SpongeBob SquarePants Trevor & Bubble Poppin Boys Gang Voice
Episode: "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
2010 Hannah Montana Forever Principal Luger Episode: "Hannah Montana to the Principal's Office"
2011 The League Mr. Hudabega Episode: "Yobogoya!"
2012 Phineas and Ferb Himself Voice
Episode: "What A Croc!"
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jason Episode: "Wasilla Hills Cop"
Abominable Christmas Abominable Dad Voice
Television film
2014 The Money George Archer Pilot
2015 Texas Rising Lorca 5 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2015-2016 The Making of the Mob Narrator Voice
16 episodes
2016-2018 Shades of Blue Lieutenant Matt Wozniak 36 episodes
2016 Modern Family Himself Episode: "Playdates"
2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Paulie Fiuccillo Episode: "Kimmy Pulls Off a Heist!"
Young Sheldon Vincent Episode: "A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a Cheerleader's Bosom"
2018 Great News Himself Episode: "Early Retirement"
2018 The Simpsons Morty Szyslak Voice
Episode: "King Leer"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Tommy Vercetti (voice) G-Phoria Award for Best Male Voice Performance
Spike Video Game Awards for Best Performance by a Human
2013 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Billy Handsome (voice) Mob of the Dead


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Match Mike Broadway

Music videos

Year Title Album Role
2014 "Lovers on the Sun" Listen by David Guetta The Villain
2015 "Bloodstream"[29] × by Ed Sheeran and Rudimental[30]

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