Ray Liotta

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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Many Saints of Newark Actor 2020
95% Marriage Story Jay 2019
36% Flock Of Dudes Uncle Reed 2016
20% Blackway Blackway $17K 2016
No Score Yet Sticky Notes Jack Morehead 2016
15% Revenge of the Green Dragons Michael Bloom 2014
77% Kill the Messenger John Cullen $2.5M 2014
6% The Identical Reece Wade Executive Producer $2.9M 2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Joey $11.1M 2014
80% Muppets Most Wanted Big Papa $46.5M 2014
88% Stretch als er selbst 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
73% Killing Them Softly Markie Trattman $15M 2012
46% The Details Peter Mazzoni $64.1K 2012
No Score Yet Ticket Out Jim 2012
No Score Yet Breathless Sheriff Cooley 2012
59% Wanderlust himself $17.3M 2012
No Score Yet All Things Fall Apart Dr. Brintall 2012
No Score Yet The Devil's in the Details Bruce Michaels 2012
No Score Yet Dear Dracula Actor 2012
No Score Yet Yellow 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
51% 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) Executive Producer Mark Shields 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
44% Take the Lead Executive Producer Actor $34.8M 2006
15% 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
No Score Yet Inferno Jack 1999
50% Phoenix Harry Collins Producer 1998
69% The Rat Pack Frank Sinatra 1998
74% Cop Land Gary "Figgsy" Figgis 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
73% 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
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 2018
No Score Yet Shades of Blue
2016-2018
Matt Wozniak 2018
2017
2016
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
Guest 2017
86% Modern Family
2009
Himself 2016
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest 2016
19% Texas Rising
2015
Lorca 2016
2015
50% The Making of the Mob
2015-2016
Narrator 2016
2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2016
2011
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009-2019
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
81% The League
2009-2015
Mr. Hudabega 2011
No Score Yet Hannah Montana
2006-2011
Principal Luger 2010
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
Voice 2008
2004
50% Smith
2006-2007
Bobby Stevens 2007
2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Charlie 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host 2003
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Himself 2002
2001
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice 2001
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest 1995

QUOTES FROM Ray Liotta CHARACTERS

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson says: Is this Heaven?.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson says: Is this Heaven?

Ray Kinsella says: No.....It's Iowa

Ray Kinsella says: No.....It's Iowa.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson says: If you build it, he will come.

John Orr says: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano says: You two are going to dry up in some filthy lesbo lock down - with bad lighting.

Henry Hill says: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

Dr. Miles Copeland says: Your only alive because of me, so why don't you answer the question.

Lee Ray Oliver says: I'm everything you hate in the world, huh Doc?

Lee Ray Oliver says: "I'd rather have a bottle-in-front-of-me than a frontal lobotomy!"

Lee Ray Oliver says: I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!

Manny Singer says: Heaven is just something that people make up so they won't feel sad anymore.

Molly Singer says: Well, what's wrong with that?

Henry Hill says: Anything I wanted was a phone call away.

Henry Hill says: For a second I thought I was dead, but when I heard all the noise I knew they were cops. Only cops talked that way. If they had been wiseguys, I wouldn't have heard a thing. I would have been dead.

Henry Hill says: To me, it meant being somebody in a neighborhood full of nobodies.

Henry Hill says: One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.

Tommy DeVito says: Hey, Henry, Henry, hurry up, will ya? My mother's gonna make some fried peppers and sausage for us.

James Conway says: Oh, hey, Henry, Henry! Here's an arm!

Henry Hill says: Very funny, guys.

James Conway says: Here's a leg!

Tommy DeVito says: Here's a wing! Hey, what do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry? Or ya still go for the old hearts and lungs?

Henry Hill says: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

Henry Hill says: Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: If you build it, he will come.

Dr. Richard Sturgess says: The administrations only concerned with saving a buck. Any more cuts and we're going to be operating out on the street.

Dr. Richard Sturgess says: If you want to shoot someone, shoot one of those big wigs upstairs.

Henry Hill says: To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: If You Build It, He Will Come.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: If you build it, he will come.

Henry Hill says: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster

Henry Hill says: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

Henry Hill says: I swear on my fucking mother, if you ever come near her again you're dead!!

Henry Hill says: I swear on my fucking mother, if you ever come near her again you're dead!

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Man, I did love this game. I'd have played for food money. It was the game... The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?

Ray Kinsella says: Yeah.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: I used to love travelling on the trains from town to town. The hotels... brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the rooms. It was the crowd, rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, I'd play for nothing!

Ray Kinsella says: I bet it's good to be playing again, huh?

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Getting thrown out of baseball was like having part of me amputated. I've heard that old men wake up and scratch itchy legs that been dust for over fifty years. That was me. I'd wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet... The thrill of the grass.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Ease his pain.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Go the distance.

Henry Hill says: As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster.

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: "Hey, you wanna come with us?"

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Hey, you wanna come with us?

Ray Kinsella says: "You mean it?"

Ray Kinsella says: You mean it?

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: "Not you, him."

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Not you, him.

Ray Kinsella says: "Him?"

Ray Kinsella says: Him?

Terence Mann says: "Come with you?"

Terence Mann says: Come with you?

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: "Out there."

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Out there.

Terence Mann says: "What is out there?"

Terence Mann says: What is out there?

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: "Come find out."

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: Come find out.

Henry Hill says: As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

Henry Hill says: don't yeah, yeah me you little hick.

Henry Hill says: Don't yeah, yeah me you little hick.

Henry Hill says: You know, we always called each other goodfellas. Like you'd say to somebody: You're gonna like this guy, he's all right. He's a goodfella. He's one of us. You understand?

James Conway says: To me, Become Gangster is better than Being President of United State

James Conway says: [voice over] To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.

Henry Hill says: [voice over] To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States.

Henry Hill says: Then there was Moe Black's brother, Fat Andy.

Lt. Henry Oak says: "There are no lawyers, dumb-f***!! It's just me and you, and I am in your s*** for the duration!!"

Lt. Henry Oak says: There are no lawyers, dumb-f***!! It's just me and you, and I am in your s*** for the duration!

Henry Hill says: We called each other ,"Goodfellas".

Henry Hill says: We called each other,'Goodfellas'.

Captain Marion Mathers says: Whoever is writing these letters, seems to be interested in everyone but the actual killers.

Muriella says: I knew you'd come.

Gallian says: I told you I would.

Muriella says: I mean, I felt it. I felt it before you came.

Henry Hill says: Your murderers come with smiles

Henry Hill says: See, your murderers come with smiles...

Tommy DeVito says: You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

Henry Hill says: Just... you know, how you tell the story, what?

Henry Hill says: Just... you know, how you tell the story, what?

Tommy DeVito says: No, no, I don't know, you said it. How do I know? You said I'm funny. How the fuck am I funny, what the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what's funny!

Tommy DeVito says: No, no, I don't know, you said it. How do I know? You said I'm funny. How the fuck am I funny, what the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what's funny!

Henry Hill says: Get the fuck outta here, Tommy!

Tommy DeVito says: Ya motherfucker! I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering prick ya. Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.

James Conway says: What's the fuckin' matter with you? What - what is the fuckin' matter with you? What are you, stupid or what? Tommy, Tommy, I'm kidding with you. What the fuck are you doin'? What are you, a fuckin' sick maniac?

Tommy DeVito says: How am I meant to know you're kidding? What you mean, you're kidding? You breaking my fuckin' balls?

James Conway says: I'm fuckin' kidding with you! You fuckin' shoot the guy?

Henry Hill says: He's dead.

Tommy DeVito says: Good shot. What do you want from me? Good shot. Fuckin' rat anyway. His family's all rats. He'll grow up to be a rat.

James Conway says: You stupid bastard, I can't fuckin' believe you. Now, you're gonna dig the fuckin' thing now. You're gonna dig the hole. You're gonna do it. I got no fuckin' lime. You're gonna do it.

Tommy DeVito says: Who the fuck cares? I'll dig the fuckin' hole. I don't give a fuck. What is it, the first hole I dug? Not the first time I dug a hole. I'll fuckin' dig a hole. Where are the shovels?

Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano says: Do you have any idea how much therapy you people need?

Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano says: No more conning! No more! If you're gonna be my wife, you're gonna live a respectable life, chopping cars!

Fred Jung says: "I don't like what you're doing...it's not what I would've chosen for you, but I couldn't stop you if I tried, could I?"

Fred Jung says: I don't like what you're doing. It's not what I would've chosen for you, but I couldn't stop you if I tried, could I?

George Jung says: "Probably not."

George Jung says: Probably not.

Henry Hill says: "Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles with ketchup. I'm an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook."

Henry Hill says: Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles with ketchup. I'm an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook.

Henry Hill says: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."

Shoeless Joe Jackson says: If you build it, the will come.