Worked as a bartender for the Shubert Theater in New York City before making it as an actor.
Early TV credit was portraying the bartender Sacha in the 1983 NBC series Casablanca, which also featured David Soul (in the role originally played by Humphrey Bogart), Hector Elizondo and Scatman Crothers.
Despite his pivotal role as the ghost of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, said that he found the success of Field of Dreams baffling because the premise was so outlandish.
While researching his role as a VA doctor in 1992's Article 99, he shadowed the chief surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and passed out during a procedure, chipping two teeth and requiring 15 stitches in his chin.
Provided the voice of lead character Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
2003, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
2005, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
Linda Liotta — Sister
Alfred Liotta — Father
Karsen Liotta — Daughter
Mary Liotta — Mother
Michelle Grace — Ex-wife
University of Miami, Miami, Florida, United States (BFA, 1978)