Ray Liotta, the legendary actor known for his career-defining performance in crime classic “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep while filming a movie in the Dominican Republic, according to reports Thursday. He was 67.
Liotta, who also starred in the critically acclaimed film “Field of Dreams,” had been shooting the upcoming flick “Dangerous Waters” on the island before he passed away, his rep, Jennifer Craig, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.
His cause of death and other details were not immediately known Thursday.
His fiancé, podcaster and entrepreneur Jacy Nittolo, 47, had been with him on the movie shoot when he died, according to the outlet.The pair got engaged around Christmas 2020.
The last known photo of the star shows the actor holding Nittolo’s hand as they headed to an early dinner at Spruzzo, an Italian restaurant in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, on May 1.
Known for his icy blue eyes and tough-guy persona, the New Jersey-born actor was renowned for his role in the 1990 Martin Scorcese flick, “Goodfellas,” where he played mob rat, Henry Hill, alongside co-stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.
But in real life Liotta was a gentle guy who had never actually been in a fight.
“I don’t go around beating people up,” Liotta told The Post in October 2021. “I’ve never been in a fight. I avoid it at all costs.”
Liotta first made a splash in the Jonathan Demme-directed movie “Something Wild,” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 1987.
In 2005, he won a Primetime Emmy for his guest role on ER as alcoholic ex-con, Charlie Metcalf, who came to the hospital with a cirrhosis-related illness.
He also appeared in the movies “Cop Land,” “Corrina Corrina” and “Unforgettable.”110
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His latest film, “Dangerous Waters,” tells the tale of a sailing holiday gone wrong when a teenager uncovers the dark past of her mom’s new boyfriend, and co-stars Odeya Rush, Eric Dane and Saffron.
Liotta leaves behind a daughter, Karsen, 23, whom he shared with his first wife, actress and producer Michelle Grace, 53.
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