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Ray Liotta Biography

Birth Name:
Raymond Allen Liotta
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • 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

Awards

  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2003Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships

  • Karsen Liotta -- Daughter
  • Michelle Grace -- Ex-wife
  • Alfred Liotta -- Father
  • Mary Liotta -- Mother
  • Linda Liotta -- Sister