Ray Liotta bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Career, Net worth, Facts

June 11, 2019Ray Liotta bio, Career, Early life, Personal life, Career, Net worth, Facts

Who is Ray Liotta?

Ray Liotta is an American actor and film producer. People mostly recognize him for his portrayal of Henry Hill in the crime drama ‘Goodfellas’. Additionally, he has also appeared in other movies including ‘Something Wild’, ‘Field of Dreams’, and ‘Unlawful Entry’ among others.

Ray Liotta's Early Life

The actor has come to be popular as Raymond Allen Liotta, it was as Raymond Julian Vicimarli that he was born on December 18, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey. Of Scottish descent, he was adopted when he was only six months by Mary Liotta and Alfred Liotta who brought him up alongside an adopted sister, Linda Liotta who is of Italian descent. Since he was a child, Ray knew he was adopted, but it was until the 2000s that he was able to meet his biological mother. He then realized that he has a sister and six half-
siblings.

Liotta who grew up in a political family that attended the Roman Catholic Church went to Union High School. After he graduated, he moved to the University of Miami from where he earned a Fine Arts degree.

Ray Liotta's Career

Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

Fig: Ray Liotta in Goodfellas

On arrival to the big city of New York, Ray started out as a bartender at Shubert theatres. It was here that he was noticed and given his first set of minor roles in movies. He made his TV debut in the television drama series, Another World, starring as a recurring character from 1978 till 1981. Two years after, he landed a major role in the blockbuster movie, Sexual Assault. That role became the platform he used in majoring in action thriller movies and in 1986, he starred in Something Wild, a movie that resulted in his first Golden Globe Award nomination. Then, he featured in the 1989 soap opera, Field of Dreams.

Subsequently, Ray Liotta began to gain much more roles and as expected, he excelled in most of them. It began with the Goodfellas in the 1990s and followed through with different roles in films like Unlawful Entry, Cop Land, The Rat Pack, No Escape, Forever Mine to mention a few. During the early 2000s, he acted in an endless list of movies, made a stunning appearance in the movie Blow and played as Donald Carruthers in Smokin’ Aces. Other of his movies include Battle in Seattle, Crossing Over, The Son of No One, Hero Wanted, The River Sorrow, Killing Them Softly, Breathless, The Iceman, Yellow, Broken Soldier, El Tonto just to mention a few. Most recently in 2016, Ray played a recurring act in the soap opera Shades of Blue.

Besides being the center of attraction on screen, Ray Liotta has also lent his voice to a few animated movies like in Abominable Christmas, The Simpsons, The Making of the Mob, Family Guy, Frasier, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

How much is the net worth of Ray Liotta?

Ray Liotta lifestyle

Fig: Ray Liotta lifestyle

Having featured in an endless list of movies and drama series, Ray Liotta has amassed an enormous amount of fortune from his acting escapades. His net worth which is pegged at $14 million is well deserving.

Ray Liotta's Personal Life

Ray Liotta with his ex wife Catherine Hickland

Fig: Ray Liotta with his ex-wife Catherine Hickland

The actor’s first marriage was with Michelle Grace. Michelle is the ex-wife of the MLB player Mark Grace and an American teacher. The two exchanged their marital vows in 1997 and by 2001, they couldn’t bear themselves anymore and called it quits. They share a daughter named Karsen Liotta.

Ray had lots of flings and relationships after his separation from Michelle but finally settled with Catherine Hickland. Like his first, they spent four years together before ending in a divorce. He was later rumored to being in relationships with Lady Gaga and Whoopi Goldberg as well as Silvia Lombardo.

Is he a Gay?

Ever since Ray Liotta kissed a guy on the drama series, Shades of Blue where he plays the role of a bisexual police officer, his sexual orientation has been questioned. Despite playing the role perfectly, the actor has publicly stated how odd it felt to kiss someone of the same-sex but made it clear that he has no issues with the LGBT community. That said, Liotta has had a flood line of different relationships with the opposite-sex and his gay role is only on screen.

Facts of Ray Liotta

  • In 1989, his portrayal of ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in the film, ‘Field of Dreams’ made him one of the most sought-after actors. The movie clocked in approximately $84 million worldwide.
  • In 2002, he played a bearded, overweight detective, Henry Oak in ‘Narc’. As the executive producer of the film, he faced several problems that almost prevented the screening of this movie. His stellar film performance was extremely appreciated.

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