by Abb Jones
The Reelness

Ray Liotta, the actor known for his performances in films such as Field of Dreams and Goodfellas, has died in his sleep while working on a film in the Dominican Republic. He was 67.

Karsen and Ray Liotta.

He is survived by his 23-year-old daughter, Karsen and his fiancee, Jacy Nittolo.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Liotta moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Miami, where he studied drama. He worked in commercials before being cast in the daytime soap opera Another World from 1978 to 1981.

Ray Liotta in 1989’s Field of Dreams.

Liotta’s big break was the 1986 rom-com Something Wild, starring Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels. But it was Liotta’s performance as baseball player “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in the Kevin Costner 1989 fantasy/drama Field of Dreams that put him on the map.

Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta in 1990’s Goodfellas.

Another of Liotta’s most memorable roles was real-life mobster Henry Hill in the 1990 crime drama Goodfellas, which also starred Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. His filmography includes Hannibal, The Place Beyond the Pines and Marriage Story.

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