Ray Liotta

Highest Rated: 96% GoodFellas (1990)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Lonely Lady (1983)
Birthday: Dec 18, 1954
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Actor Ray Liotta's intense demeanor and fondness for edgy roles quickly established him as one of the most interesting and respected supporting players of his generation. Born in Newark, NJ, on December 18, 1955, he was adopted at the age of six months, by Alfred and Mary Liotta, and raised in Union Township, New Jersey. (His parents adopted another child, Linda, three years later.) As a gifted high school athlete, Liotta played varsity basketball and soccer, while working a side job in his father's auto supply shop. After graduation, he left home to attend the University of Miami, where he cultivated an interest in acting and majored in Drama. Liotta appeared in a number of collegiate productions, including a surprising number of musicals (Cabaret, The Sound of Music). Within a year of graduation, Liotta scored a one-shot commercial and a recurring three-year role as Joey Perrini on the daytime soap opera Another World; he also joined the cast of several short-lived prime-time network TV series, including Crazy Times (1981) - with David Caruso and Amy Madigan - and Casablanca (1983) - featuring David Soul in the role Humphrey Bogart made famous, and Liotta as Sacha. Liotta signed for his first film role in the 1983 Pia Zadora vehicle The Lonely Lady, but didn't break into the big time until 1986, when Jonathan Demme cast him as the psychotic Ray Sinclair in the comedy-drama Something Wild. Liotta's well-received performance won him a number of Hollywood offers playing over-the-top villains, but, determined to avoid typecasting - , Liotta rejected the solicitations and traveled the opposite route, with gentle, sensitive roles in Dominick and Eugene and Field of Dreams (as the legendary "Shoeless" Joe Jackson). His determination to wait for the right role paid off in 1990, when he was cast as mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's masterful crime drama GoodFellas. However, while the success of GoodFellas raised Liotta's profile considerably, he clung to his high standards, waiting for the right part (and wary of compromise). While he still found himself playing tough and/or scary guys in the likes of Unlawful Entry and No Escape, in Corrina, Corrina showcased Liotta's talent as a a romantic lead, and he catered to "family friendly" audiences with Disney's Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) and Tim Hill's Muppets From Space (1999). After a productive 2001, with key roles in the blockbuster hits Blow, Hannibal, and Heartbreakers, the actor formed his own production company to ensure a greater diversity of roles and more interesting material. For his debut as a producer, Liotta developed and released the critically acclaimed Narc; he also appears in the film, as a hot-headed ex-cop. Liotta hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2003, the same year he cameo'd in director Peter Segal's Anger Management, starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. But that year also marked the beginning of a downswing for the gifted thesp. His activity ostensibly crescendoed through the end of 2004 - but, despite scattered encouraging reviews - his trio of major films from that year (a sociopath in Tim Hunter's Control, a corrupt cop in Matthew Chapman's Slow Burn, a bit part in Jeff Nathanson's Tinseltown satire The Last Shot) saw extremely limited release and fell just ahead of going straight to video. As 2005 dawned, he restrategized by sticking with higher-profile directors - specifically, Guy Ritchie for Revolver (second billing, as a casino owner targeted by a vengeful ex-con) and Mark Rydell for the sports gambling drama Even Money. This plan proved uneven: the Ritchie film tanked amid widespread accusations of directorial pretentiousness, while the Rydell film seemed destined to score given the talent in the cast (Danny de Vito, Kim Basinger, Tim Roth, Forest Whitaker).As 2006 rolled around, Liotta returned to the glitter box - for the first time in twenty-five years - with the action-laced ensemble crime drama Smith. Slated with a September '06

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
36% Flock Of Dudes Uncle Reed 2016
20% Blackway Blackway $17K 2016
No Score Yet Sticky Notes Jack Morehead 2016
13% Revenge of the Green Dragons Michael Bloom 2014
77% Kill the Messenger John Cullen $2.5M 2014
6% The Identical Executive Producer Reece Wade $2.9M 2014
42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Joey $11.1M 2014
86% Stretch Actor 2014
80% Muppets Most Wanted Big Papa $46.5M 2014
22% Better Living Through Chemistry Jack Roberts $52.3K 2014
No Score Yet Suddenly Deputy Todd Shaw 2013
67% The Iceman Roy Demeo $2M 2013
No Score Yet Pawn Man in Suit $2.6K 2013
79% The Place Beyond The Pines Deluca $21.4M 2013
No Score Yet Abominable Christmas Actor 2012
74% Killing Them Softly Markie Trattman $15M 2012
46% The Details Peter Mazzoni $64.1K 2012
No Score Yet Ticket Out Jim 2012
60% Breathless Sheriff Cooley 2012
58% Wanderlust himself $17.3M 2012
No Score Yet All Things Fall Apart Dr. Brintall 2012
No Score Yet Yellow Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Devil's in the Details Bruce Michaels 2012
No Score Yet Dear Dracula Actor 2012
16% The Son of No One Captain Marion Mathers $29.4K 2011
67% Snowmen Executive Producer Reggie Kirkfield 2011
No Score Yet Bad Karma Molloy Jack Malloy Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet The Entitled Richard Nader 2011
No Score Yet The River Murders Jack Verdon 2011
No Score Yet Street Kings 2: Motor City Det. Marty Kingston 2011
27% Charlie St. Cloud Florio Ferrente $31.2M 2010
66% Youth in Revolt Lance Wescott $15.2M 2010
8% Crazy on the Outside Gray $64.9K 2010
25% Powder Blue Jack Doheny 2009
50% Observe and Report Detective Harrison $24M 2009
16% Crossing Over Cole Frankel $0.5M 2009
56% Battle in Seattle Mayor Jim Tobin 2008
No Score Yet Chasing 3000 Actor 2008
No Score Yet Hero Wanted Det. Terry Subcott 2008
No Score Yet La Linea (The Line) Mark Shields Executive Producer 2008
50% Bee Movie Ray Liotta $126.6M 2007
12% Slow Burn Ford Cole $1.2M 2007
14% Wild Hogs Jack $168.3M 2007
30% Smokin' Aces Donald Carruthers $35.7M 2007
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Gallian $4.6M 2006
24% Even Money Tom Carver 2006
35% Local Color John Talia Sr. 2006
43% Take the Lead Executive Producer Actor $34.8M 2006
16% Revolver Macha $42.3K 2005
No Score Yet Control Lee Ray Oliver 2005
62% The Last Shot Jack Devine $0.4M 2004
62% Identity Rhodes $51.5M 2003
42% Anger Management Himself $133.8M 2003
84% Narc Producer Det. Lt. Henry R. Oak $10.3M 2002
No Score Yet Point of Origin John Orr 2002
No Score Yet Point of Origin (In the Heat of Fire) Actor 2002
23% John Q Chief Gus Monroe $71.1M 2002
55% Blow Fred Jung 2001
53% Heartbreakers Dean 2001
39% Hannibal Paul Krendler $163.9M 2001
34% A Rumor of Angels Nathan Neubauer 2000
20% Inferno (Pilgrim) Actor 2000
63% Muppets From Space Gate Guard 1999
29% Forever Mine Mark 1999
50% Phoenix Producer Harry Collins 1998
69% The Rat Pack Frank Sinatra 1998
74% Cop Land Gary Figgis 1997
17% Turbulence Ryan Weaver 1997
21% Unforgettable Dr. David Krane 1996
31% Operation Dumbo Drop Capt. T.C. Doyle 1995
39% Corrina, Corrina Manny Singer 1994
50% No Escape Robbins 1994
75% Unlawful Entry Off. Pete Davis 1992
43% Article 99 Dr. Sturgess 1992
No Score Yet Women & Men 2 Martin Meadows 1991
96% GoodFellas Henry Hill 1990
86% Field of Dreams "Shoeless" Joe Jackson 1989
80% Dominick and Eugene Eugene 'Gino' Luciano 1988
89% Something Wild Ray Sinclair 1986
0% The Lonely Lady Joe 1983
No Score Yet Hardhat and Legs Actor 1980

TV

CREDIT
83% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
2018
Guest
  • 2018
84% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shades of Blue
2016-2018
Matt Wozniak
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Harry
2016
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
87% Modern Family
2009
Himself
  • 2016
19% Texas Rising
2015
Lorca
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2011
40% The Making of the Mob
2015-2016
Narrator
  • 2015
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
Narrator
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2012
75% The League
2009-2015
Mr. Hudabega
  • 2011
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
Voice
  • 2008
43% Smith
2006-2007
Bobby Stevens
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Charlie
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Himself
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2001
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1995

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