Liotta at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
December 18, 1954|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Miami|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, voice actor|
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Grace (m. 1997; div. 2004)|
Raymond Allen "Ray" Liotta (born December 18, 1954) is an American actor, film producer, and voice actor. He is known for playing Henry Hill in the crime-drama Goodfellas (1990) and Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989). For his second feature film, Jonathan Demme's Something Wild (1986), Liotta received a Golden Globe nomination and won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has since become a highly regarded screen personality, appearing in leading or supporting roles in films such as Unlawful Entry (1992), No Escape (1994), Narc (2002), Wild Hogs (2007), Killing Them Softly (2012) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).
Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey and 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. His adoptive parents both unsuccessfully ran for local office. 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. Liotta located his biological mother in the 2000s. His adoptive parents were of Italian and Scottish ancestry. After research and talks with his biological mother, he learned he is part Scottish. He has one half brother, five half sisters, and a full sister.
Liotta was raised Roman Catholic, although his family was not very religious. 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.
Liotta's parents were both Democrats. Liotta recalls attending parades handing out flyers for his father's run for Township Committee.
Liotta graduated from the University of Miami, where he received a degree in Fine Arts in 1978 and studied acting with Robert "Buckets" Lowery. 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.
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 the 1983 cult classic The Lonely Lady. His first major acting role was Something Wild (1986), which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. 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. His voice over line, "If you build it, he will come", is #39 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 movie quotes.
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 sci-fi/action film No Escape. Liotta earned critical praise for his turn in James Mangold's 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.
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), he 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". The ER role earned Liotta an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" (Liotta would later spoof 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.
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, a role that led to an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male.
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.
Liotta appeared with John Travolta in the movie Wild Hogs, in Battle in Seattle as the city's mayor, and in Hero Wanted as a detective alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.. 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.
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 and the 2013 Ariel Vromen film The Iceman features Liotta as the character of Roy DeMeo. He had a supporting role in Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
Since 2016 Liotta stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue.
Liotta married actress Michelle Grace in February 1997 after they met at her former husband (Mark Grace)'s professional baseball game. The couple co-starred in The Rat Pack, in which Liotta played Frank Sinatra and Grace played Judith Campbell Exner. They have a daughter. The couple divorced in 2004.
From his experience shooting the Western Texas Rising, Liotta says he has continued horseback riding. He said, "I was obsessed with riding horses [on the show]. 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, [laughing] which I can relate to."
|1983||Lonely Lady, TheThe Lonely Lady||Joe Heron|
|1986||Something Wild||Ray Sinclair||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (tied with Dennis Hopper for Blue Velvet)|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
|1987||Arena Brains||The Artist||Short film|
|1988||Dominick and Eugene||Eugene "Gino" Luciano|
|1989||Field of Dreams||'Shoeless' Joe Jackson|
|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|
|1994||Corrina, Corrina||Manny Singer|
|1995||Operation Dumbo Drop||Captain T.C. Doyle|
|1996||Unforgettable||Dr. David Krane|
|1997||Cop Land||Detective Gary "Figgsy" Figgis|
|1998||Phoenix||Harry Collins||Also co-producer|
|1999||Muppets from Space||Gate Guard # 1||Cameo|
|1999||Forever Mine||Mark Brice|
|2000||Rumor of Angels, AA Rumor of Angels||Nathan Neubauer|
|2001||Heartbreakers||Dean Cummano / Vinny Staggliano|
|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
|2002||John Q||Chief Gus Monroe|
|2002||Ticker||FBI Agent||Short film|
|2004||Last Shot, TheThe Last Shot||Jack Devine|
|2004||Control||Lee Ray Oliver||Direct-to-DVD|
|2005||Slow Burn||Ford Cole||Also co-executive producer|
|2006||Even Money||Tom Carver|
|2006||Take the Lead||Executive producer|
|2006||Local Color||John Talia Sr.|
|2006||Comeback Season||Walter Pearce|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Donald Carruthers|
|2007||Wild Hogs||Jack Blade|
|2007||In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale||Gallian|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Mayor Jim Tobin|
|2007||Bee Movie||Himself (voice)|
|2008||Hero Wanted||Detective Terry Subcott|
|2009||Crossing Over||Cole Frankel|
|2009||Observe and Report||Detective Harrison|
|2009||Powder Blue||Jack Doheny|
|2009||La Linea||Mark Shields||Also executive producer|
|2009||Youth in Revolt||Lance Wescott|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Gray|
|2010||Date Night||Joe Miletto||Uncredited|
|2010||Chasing 3000||Adult Mickey|
|2010||Charlie St. Cloud||Florio Ferrente|
|2011||The Details||Peter Mazzoni|
|2011||Son of No One, TheThe Son of No One||Captain Marion Mathers|
|2011||All Things Fall Apart||Dr. Brintall|
|2011||Street Kings 2: Motor City||Marty Kingston||Direct-to-DVD|
|2011||River Murders, TheThe River Murders||Jack Verdon|
|2011||Field of Dreams 2: Lockout||Roger Goodell||Short film|
|2011||Entitled, TheThe Entitled||Richard Nader|
|2012||Killing Them Softly||Markie Trattman|
|2012||The Iceman||Roy DeMeo|
|2012||Place Beyond the Pines, TheThe Place Beyond the Pines||Deluca|
|2012||Dear Dracula||Count Dracula (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2013||Devil's in the Details, TheThe Devil's in the Details||Dr. Robert Michaels|
|2013||Pawn||Man in the Suit|
|2014||Better Living Through Chemistry||Jack Roberts|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Big Papa|
|2014||The Identical||Reece Wade|
|2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Joey|
|2014||Revenge of the Green Dragons||Michael Bloom|
|2014||Kill the Messenger||John Cullen|
|2016||Flock of Dudes||Uncle Reed|
|2016||Ticket Out||FBI Agent||NR by the Motion Picture Association of America|
|1980||Hardhat and Legs||Family||Television film|
|1980–81||Another World||Joey Perrini #2||8 episodes|
|1981||Crazy Times||Johnny "Wizard" Lazarra||Television film|
|1983||St. Elsewhere||Murray||Episode: "Rain"|
|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||Rat Pack, TheThe 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"|
|2001–02||Just Shoot Me!||Himself||2 episodes|
|2002||Point of Origin||John Leonard Orr||Television film|
|2004||ER||Charlie Metcalf|| Episode: "Time of Death"|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2006–07||Smith||Bobby Stevens||7 episodes|
|2008||SpongeBob SquarePants||Trevor (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"|
|2012||Abominable Christmas||Abominable Dad (voice)||Television film|
|2014||The Money||George Archer||Television 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–present||The Making of the Mob||Himself (voice)||Narrator|
|2016–present||Shades of Blue||Lieutenant Matt Wozniak|| Main role|
|2016||Modern Family||Himself||Episode: "Playdates"|
|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 (Uprising DLC Zombies Map)|
|2014||"Lovers on the Sun"||Listen by David Guetta||The Villain|
|2015||"Bloodstream"||× by Ed Sheeran and Rudimental|
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