Ray Liotta - Rotten Tomatoes

Ray Liotta

Highest Rated:   100% Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Lonely Lady (1983)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% Flock Of Dudes
  • Uncle Reed
2016
No Score Yet 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
79% Muppets Most Wanted
  • Big Papa
$46.5M 2014
20% Better Living Through Chemistry
  • Jack Roberts
$52.3k 2014
No Score Yet Suddenly
  • Deputy Todd Shaw
2013
66% The Iceman
  • Roy Demeo
$1.9M 2013
No Score Yet Pawn
  • Man in Suit
$2.6k 2013
80% The Place Beyond The Pines
  • Deluca
$21.4M 2013
No Score Yet Abominable Christmas
  • Actor
2012
74% Killing Them Softly
  • Markie Trattman
$14.9M 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
  • MolloyJack 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
65% 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
55% 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
51% Bee Movie
  • Ray Liotta
$126.6M 2007
12% Slow Burn
  • Ford Cole
$1.2M 2007
14% Wild Hogs
  • Jack
$168.3M 2007
29% Smokin' Aces
  • Donald Carruthers
$35.6M 2007
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
  • Gallian
$4.5M 2006
24% Even Money
  • Tom Carver
2006
36% Local Color
  • John Talia Sr.
2006
44% Take the Lead
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
$34.8M 2006
17% Revolver
  • Macha
$42.3k 2005
No Score Yet Control
  • Lee Ray Oliver
2005
No Score Yet Narco
  • Producer
  • Actor
2004
61% The Last Shot
  • Jack Devine
$0.4M 2004
62% Identity
  • Rhodes
$51.5M 2003
43% Anger Management
  • Himself
$133.8M 2003
83% 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
33% Forever Mine
  • Mark
1999
50% Phoenix
  • Harry Collins
  • Producer
1998
67% The Rat Pack
  • Frank Sinatra
1998
73% Cop Land
  • Gary Figgis
1997
17% Turbulence
  • Ryan Weaver
1997
22% Unforgettable
  • Dr. David Krane
1996
31% Operation Dumbo Drop
  • Capt. T.C. Doyle
1995
35% Corrina, Corrina
  • Manny Singer
1994
53% No Escape
  • Robbins
1994
75% Unlawful Entry
  • Off. Pete Davis
1992
46% Article 99
  • Dr. Sturgess
1992
No Score Yet Women & Men 2
  • Martin Meadows
1991
97% GoodFellas
  • Henry Hill
1990
86% Field of Dreams
  • "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
1989
100% Dominick and Eugene
  • Eugene 'Gino' Luciano
1988
88% Something Wild
  • Ray Sinclair
1986
0% The Lonely Lady
  • Joe
1983
No Score Yet Hardhat and Legs
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
56% Shades of Blue
2016
  • Matt Wozniak
  • 2017
  • 2016
86% 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
2007-2014
  • Voice
  • 2012
75% The League
2009-2015
  • Mr. Hudabega
  • 2011
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Charlie
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1995

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