Ray Liotta

BirthDay:

18 Dec 1954

BirthPlace:

Newark, New Jersey, USA

Bio:

Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice guy roles in Field of Dreams (1989) and Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream of work, completing multiple projects per year.

Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was adopted by Mary (Edgar), a township clerk, and Alfred Liotta, an auto parts store owner. He studied acting at the University of Miami, where he became friends with Steven Bauer (Scarface (1983), Thief of Hearts (1984)). He spent his first years acting in TV: Another World (1964), a TV movie and several short-lived series. He broke into movies with the black comedy Something Wild (1986), which garnered him rave reviews. Originally unable to get a reading, he was recommended for the part by Melanie Griffith (then married to Bauer). After the success of "Something Wild" he received more offers in the "psycho" vein, but refused them to avoid being typecast. Instead, he made "little movies" like Dominick and Eugene (1988) (which earned him standing as an actor's actor) and Field of Dreams (1989) (whose success still surprises him). When he heard that Martin Scorsese was casting Goodfellas (1990), he lobbied hard for the part of Henry Hill. The film's huge success brought him wide popularity and enabled him to get star billing in future films (Article 99 (1992), Unlawful Entry (1992), Unforgettable (1996)).
Filmography

Actor ( 139 credits )

The Field (2017) Charu
E.A.S.: Esquadrão Antissequestro (2017)
Flock of Dudes (2016) Uncle Reed
Alone (2016) Mr. Ancilla
Sticky Notes (2016) Jack
Shades of Blue (2016)  Matt Wozniak (13 episodes, 2016)
Blackway (2015)
Campus Code (2015) Bartender
Stretch (2014)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014) Michael Bloom
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) Joey
The Identical (2014) Reece Wade
Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) Jack Roberts
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Big Papa
Good Morning Britain (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Suddenly (2013) Deputy Todd Shaw
Pawn (2013) Man in the Suit
The Devil's in the Details (2013) Dr. Robert Michaels
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Deluca
Yellow (2012) Afai
Killing Them Softly (2012) Markie Trattman
Ticket Out (2012) Jim
Bad Karma (2012) Molloy
The Iceman (2012) Roy Demeo
Breathless (2012) Sheriff Cooley
Wanderlust (2012) Himself
America's Book of Secrets (2012)  Henry Hill (uncredited) (1 episode, 2013)
Larry King Now (2012) (1 episode, 2014)
The Entitled (2011) Richard Nader
Field of Dreams 2: Lockout (2011) Roger Goodell
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner: Behind the Scenes (2011) Himself
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner: Deleted Scenes (2011) Himself
The River Murders (2011) Jack Verdon
All Things Fall Apart (2011) Dr. Brintall
The Son of No One (2011) Captain Marion Mathers
The Details (2011) Peter Mazzoni
NTSF:SD:SUV (2011)  Jason (1 episode, 2012)
Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Florio Ferrente
Chasing 3000 (2010) Adult Mickey
Snowmen (2010) Reggie Kirkfield
Date Night (2010) Joe Miletto (uncredited)
Crazy on the Outside (2010) Gray
Conan (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Youth in Revolt (2009) Lance Wescott
Powder Blue (2009) Jack Doheny
La Linea - The Line (2009) Mark Shields
Observe and Report (2009) Detective Harrison
Crossing Over (2009) Cole Frankel
The League (2009)  Ruxin's Boss (1 episode, 2011)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
30 for 30 (2009)  Narrator (1 episode, 2014)
Hero Wanted (2008) Detective Terry Subcott
Huckabee (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Battle in Seattle (2007) Mayor Jim Tobin
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) Gallian
Bee Movie (2007) Ray Liotta (voice)
Wild Hogs (2007) Jack
Phineas and Ferb (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Deadline (2007)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Henry Hill (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Smokin' Aces (2006) Donald Carruthers
Comeback Season (2006) Walter Pearce
Local Color (2006) John Talia Sr.
Even Money (2006) Tom
Hannah Montana (2006)  Principal Luger (1 episode, 2010)
Smith (2006)  Bobby Stevens (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Revolver (2005) Dorothy Macha
Slow Burn (2005) Ford Cole
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Inside the Mafia (2005)  Himself
Control (2004) Lee Ray Oliver
The Last Shot (2004) Jack Devine
Planet Voice (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Boyz Up Unauthorized (2003) Ray Liotta
Identity (2003) Rhodes
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2007)
Punk'd (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Ticker (2002) FBI Agent (uncredited)
John Q (2002) Chief Gus Monroe
Narc (2002) Henry Oak
V Graham Norton (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Blow (2001) Fred Jung
Heartbreakers (2001) Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano
Hannibal (2001) Paul Krendler
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself (1 episode)
I Love 1990's (2001)  Henry Hill (1 episode, 2001)
A Rumor of Angels (2000) Nathan Neubauer
Pilgrim (2000) Jack
Forever Mine (1999) Mark Brice
Muppets from Space (1999) Gate Guard
Family Guy (1999)  Zack (1 episode, 2001)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)  Bubble Poppin Leader (1 episode, 2008)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Phoenix (1998) Harry Collins
Comedy Lab (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Cop Land (1997) Gary Figgis
Turbulence (1997) Ryan Weaver
Just Shoot Me! (1997)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Unforgettable (1996) David Krane
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2002)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) Capt. T.C. Doyle
Corrina, Corrina (1994) Manny Singer
No Escape (1994) Capt. J.T. Robbins
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
ER (1994)  Charlie Metcalf (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
Frasier (1993)  Bob (1 episode, 1995)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 1995-2006)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (10 episodes, 1997-2008)
Unlawful Entry (1992) Officer Pete Davis
Article 99 (1992) Dr. Richard Sturgess
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1997-2003)
Goodfellas (1990) Henry Hill
Field of Dreams (1989) Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dominick and Eugene (1988) Eugene 'Gino' Luciano
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Arena Brains (1987) The Artist
Something Wild (1986) Ray Sinclair
Our Family Honor (1985)  Ed Santini / ... (10 episodes, 1985)
The New Mike Hammer (1984)  Tony Cable (1 episode, 1984)
The Lonely Lady (1983) Joe Heron
Casablanca (1983)  Sacha (5 episodes, 1983)
St. Elsewhere (1982)  Murray (1 episode, 1983)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 1994-2007)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
This Week in Baseball (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 2003)
Another World (1964)  Joey Perrini (8 episodes, 1980-1981)

Producer ( 7 credits )

4 Minutes (2011) producer
Snowmen (2010) executive producer
La Linea - The Line (2009) executive producer
Take the Lead (2006) executive producer
Slow Burn (2005) co-executive producer
Narc (2002) producer
Phoenix (1998) co-producer