American actor Ray Liotta, best known for his roles in detective or mafia films, such as Freedmendirected by Martin Scorsese in 1990, died Thursday May 26 at the age of 67, announced his agent, Jennifer Craig, at the HollywoodReporter.
She said he died in his sleep while in the Dominican Republic filming his next movie, Dangerous Waters. A spokesperson for the Directorate General of Cinema of the Dominican Republic confirmed the information to Agence France-Presse (AFP), adding that the actor was with his wife.
” A legend “
Born in 1954 in Newark, New Jersey, and adopted at the age of 6 months, Ray Liotta was known to American audiences for starring in the baseball movie Until the end of the dream, in 1989. He first made a name for himself on screen in 1986, thanks to Dangerous in all respectswhich earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
He became a world star for having played on screen the real New York mafia gangster Henry Hill (1943-2012) in Freedmen. The actor – who is also the narrator in the film – breaks the screen alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, in what is considered by moviegoers as one of the greatest films of the genre in the XX.and century, with the trilogy The Godfather (The Godfather) by Francis Ford Coppola.
In 1991, the movie Freedmen had won an Oscar (Joe Pesci, best supporting role) and had been nominated in five other categories. Some of its scenes, sometimes ultraviolent, and the dialogues entered forever in the world cinematographic culture.
Ray Liotta was married from 1997 to 2004 to actress Michelle Grace, with whom he had a daughter.
Several actors saluted his memory Thursday evening. Lorraine Bracco, who played Karen Hill in Freedmen, wrote on Twitter that she was “totally upset” by the death of Ray Liotta: “I can be anywhere in the world, people come to me and tell me that Freedmen is their favorite movie. Then they always ask me what I preferred during the shooting of this film. My answer has always been the same… Ray Liotta. »
Alessandro Nivolawho shared the poster with Liotta in Many Saints of Newark. A story of the Sopranos, he said to himself “very lucky to [s’]to be measured against this legend in one of his last roles. “.