'Goodfellas' star Ray Liotta passes away at 67; Lorraine Bracco, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez and other Hollywood stars mourn his demise

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'Goodfellas' star Ray Liotta passes away at 67; Lorraine Bracco, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez and other Hollywood stars mourn his demise

Ray Liotta, the actor best known for playing mobster Henry Hill in "Goodfellas" and baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in "Field of Dreams," has died. He was 67.
A source at the Dominican Republic's National Forensic Science Institute who was not authorized to speak to the media confirmed the death of Ray Liotta and said his body was taken to the Cristo Redentor morgue. The Hollywood Reporter and NBC News cited representatives for Liotta who said he died in his sleep Wednesday night. He was in the Dominican Republic to film a new movie.

Following the news of his demise, several Hollywood stars, former co-stars and fans took to social media to mourn his demise. Lorraine Bracco, who starred alongside Liotta in "Goodfellas", shared a photo with the late actor and wrote, "I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world & people will come up & tell me their favourite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta."



Jennifer Lopez, who worked with Ray in 'Shades of Blue' also shared a series of throwback photos and penned a heartfelt tribute saying, "Ray was my partner in crime on Shades of Blue… the first thing that comes to mind is he was so kind to my children. Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside… I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella. We lost a great today… RIP RAY… it’s so sad to lose you what seems way to soon… I will remember you always. Sending so much love and strength to your daughter Karsen, your family and all your loved ones."



Sharing a happy picture with the actor, Kerry Washington tweeted, "From the beginning Ray was always so supportive, so kind, so honest, and so talented. I will always be a super fan. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace."



Ray's former co-star Seth Rogen, who worked with him in the movie 2009 comedy 'Observe and Report', took to Twitter and wrote, "I can’t believe Ray Liotta has passed away. He was such a lovely, talented and hilarious person. Working with him was one of the great joys of my career and we made some of my favourite scenes I ever got to be in."


He added, "A true legend of immense skill and grace."

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The Newark, New Jersey, native was born in 1954 and adopted at age six months out of an orphanage by a township clerk and an auto parts owner. Though he mostly grew up playing sports, including baseball, during his senior year of high school, the drama teacher at the school asked him if he wanted to be in a play, which he agreed to on a lark. And it stuck, he'd go on to study acting at the University of Miami. After graduation, he got his first big break on the soopera "Another World."


Liotta's first big film role was in Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild" as Melanie Griffith's character's hotheaded ex-convict husband Ray. The turn earned him a Golden Globe nomination. A few years later, he would get the memorable role of the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson in "Field of Dreams."


His most iconic role, as real life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" came shortly after. He, and Scorsese, had to fight for it though, with multiple auditions and pleas to the studio to cast the still relatively unknown.

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