Ray Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey of "mostly Scottish
with a bit of Italian descent", and was adopted six months
after birth by Alfred Liotta, the president of a local
Democratic club, and Mary, an appointed township clerk. Both of
his parents unsuccessfully ran for local office. His last name
was changed to Liotta after being adopted. In 1973, he graduated
from Union High School in Union, New Jersey, and in 1992, he was
inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Ray Liotta studied acting at the University of Miami where he performed in the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.
One of Ray's earliest roles was as Joey Perrini on the daytime program Another World. He appeared on the show from 1978 to 1981. In 1987, he earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a volatile ex-con in Jonathan Demme's film Something Wild (1986)
In 1990, Ray Liotta portrayed real-life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorcese's film Goodfellas, one of his most famous roles to date. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In addition to his movie roles, Liotta provided the voice of Tommy Vercetti for the 2002 videogame Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He also narrated "Inside the Mafia " for the National Geographic Channel.
In 2005, Ray Liotta had a memorable guest appearance on the television drama ER playing Charlie Metcalf in the episode Time of Death. The role earned him an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series."
In Field of Dreams, Ray Liotta played the left-handed hitting Shoeless Joe Jackson. Because Liotta himself is a right-handed hitter, the character appears as a right-handed hitter in the film.
Liotta married actress Michelle Grace in February 1997. They met on the set of the TV movie The Rat Pack (1998) (TV), in which Liotta played Frank Sinatra and Grace played Elizabeth Taylor. Their daughter, Karsen, was born in December 1998. Liotta and Grace divorced in 2004.
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