December 18, 1954
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Raymond Liotta (born December 18, 1954) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime-drama Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese, and for his portrayal as Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He has won an Emmy Award and been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Ray Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was adopted at the age of six months by Mary, 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 adoptive parents unsuccessfully ran for local office. Liotta believed his biological parents were of Scottish and Italian descent, but eventually reunited with his biological mother and discovered he was not Italian. 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 sexually assaulting Pia Zadora with a garden hose in the 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, along with Kevin Costner, in the fantasy/drama film, Field of Dreams. Liotta portrayed Shoeless Joe Jackson, the ghost of a baseball player that Costner's character's father had idolized and whom helped Costner along the path that destiny had set for him. In 1990, Liotta portrayed real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's film Goodfellas. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 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 addition to his film roles, Liotta portrayed legendary singer Frank Sinatra in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack (for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination) and provided the voice of Tommy Vercetti for the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. That same year he appeared as Det. Lt. Henry Oak in the Joe Carnahan–directed film Narc, receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male. He also narrated Inside the Mafia for the National Geographic Channel in 2005. Liotta had a memorable guest appearance that year on the television drama ER playing Charlie Metcalf in the episode "Time of Death". The role earned him an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series". Liotta would later spoof himself and his Emmy win in Bee Movie. He starred in the 2006 CBS television series Smith, which was pulled from the schedule after only three episodes had aired. He later appeared in Smokin' Aces (reuniting with Narc director Joe Carnahan), portraying an FBI agent named Donald Carruthers in one of the lead roles. He appeared with John Travolta in the movie Wild Hogs and with Johnny Depp in the 2001 film Blow, portraying the father of drug dealer George Jung.
Liotta has appeared in Battle in Seattle as the city's mayor and in Hero Wanted playing 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. He told ABC's Good Morning America in 2001 that he was offered the role of Tony Soprano by series creator David Chase but turned it down to focus on movies.
Liotta married actress Michelle Grace in February 1997. They met at her ex-husband's (Mark Grace) baseball game; they also 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. The couple divorced in 2004. Liotta currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California.
As part of his contract for starring in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale as Gallian, Liotta got to keep all wizard robes donned for the film.
On February 17, 2007, Liotta was arrested in the Highlands of Pacific Palisades after crashing his Cadillac Escalade into two parked cars on Palisades Drive, approximately one-half mile from his residence. He was charged with a misdemeanor DUI. Liotta was released on $15,000 bail and a court date was set for March 2007. Liotta was alone in his car, and no one was injured in the crash.
"I’ve only seen Goodfellas six times. The first time I didn’t even feel like I was doing it. I was numb and overwhelmed by it all. I was looking at what they did with the camera. By the third time I got a feel for it. But to this day when it’s on TV or something.. I don’t watch myself. Some actors can do that, but I cannot. I don’t think you can be objective".
— Liotta in a March 2007 Interview with Maxim
|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
|1988||Arena Brains||The Artist||Short film|
|Dominick and Eugene||Eugene 'Gino' Luciano|
|1989||Field of Dreams||Shoeless Joe Jackson|
|1992||Article 99||Dr. Richard Sturgess|
|Unlawful Entry||Officer Pete Davis||Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain|
|1994||No Escape||Capt. J.T. Robbins|
|Corrina, Corrina||Manny Singer|
|1995||Operation Dumbo Drop||Capt. T.C. Doyle|
|1996||Unforgettable||Dr. David Krane|
|Cop Land||Det. Gary 'Figgsy' Figgis|
|Forever Mine||Mark Brice|
|A Rumor of Angels||Nathan Neubauer|
|2002||Narc||Det. Lt. Henry Oak||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|
|2004||The Last Shot||Jack Devine|
|Control||Lee Ray Oliver||Direct-to-Video Release|
|2006||Comeback Season||Walter Pearce|
|2007||Slow Burn||Ford Cole|
|Even Money||Tom Carver|
|Smokin' Aces||Donald Carruthers|
|Bee Movie||Himself||Voice Role|
|2008||Local Color||John Talia Sr.|
|In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale||Gallian|
|Battle in Seattle||Mayor Jim Tobin|
|Hero Wanted||Det. Terry Subcott|
|Chasing 3000||Adult Mickey|
|2009||Crossing Over||Cole Frankel|
|Powder Blue||Jack Doheny|
|Observe and Report||Det. Harrison|
|La Linea||Mark Shields|
|2010||Youth in Revolt||Lance Wescott|
|Crazy on the Outside||Gray|
|Date Night||Joe Miletto||post-production|
|1978–1981||Another World||Joey Perrini #2|
|1980||Hardhat and Legs||Family||CBS TV-Movie|
|1983||St. Elsewhere||Murray||"Episode: Rain"|
|1984||Mike Hammer||Tony Cable||"Episode: Kill Devil"|
|1985||Our Family Honor||Officer Ed Santini|
|1990||Women and Men: Stories of Seduction||Jerry Damon||HBO TV-Movie|
|1991||Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules||Martin Meadows||HBO TV-Movie|
|1995||Frasier||Bob||"Episode: Frasier Grinch"|
|1998||The Rat Pack||Frank Sinatra||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie|
|2001||Family Guy||Zack||Episode: Brian Does Hollywood|
|2001, 2002||Just Shoot Me||Himself||Episode: Christmas? Christmas!
Episode: Liotta? Liotta!
|2002||Point of Origin||John Leonard Orr/Aaron||HBO TV-Movie|
|2004||ER||Charlie Metcalf||"Episode: Time of Death"
Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode
|2008||WhoBob WhatPants?||Tevor||TV special|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Tommy Vercetti||G-Phoria Award for Best Male Voice Performance|
Ray Liotta (born December 18, 1955) is an American actor best known for his lead role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. He also has provided the voice of Tommy Vercetti, the video game protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.