Tributes are pouring in for Ray Liotta after it was reported the actor died suddenly on Thursday (26 May). He was 67.
Liotta, who was best known for his leading role in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 crime classicGoodfellas, died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic while shooting a new film.
Liotta’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement that read: “There was nothing suspicious about the death, and no foul play is suspected.”
Seth Rogen expressed his disbelief over Liotta’s death, remembering the actor as a “lovely, talented and hilarious person.”
“Working with him was one of the great joys of my career and we made some of my favorite scenes I ever got to be in. A true legend of immense skill and grace,” Rogen, who was cast alongside Liotta in 2009 black comedy Observe and Report, tweeted.
How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis wrote: “RIP Ray Liotta!! Loved your work,” with a heart emoji.
Jeffrey Wright tweeted about the time he was able to meet Liotta for “the first time last year.”
“GREAT actor,” The French Dispatch actor tweeted, adding that it was “nice to have had a chance to say that to him.”
In recent years, Liotta had undergone a resurgence in popularity, appearing in projects such as The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark – for which he played two roles – and the Noah Baumbach film Marriage Story.
Liotta’s The Many Saints of Newark co-star Alessandro Nivola reacted to the news with a tweet that read: “I feel so lucky to have squared off against this legend in one of his final roles. The scenes we did together were among the all time highlights of my acting career.
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“He was dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious, and generous with his praise for other actors. Too soon,” he added.
Lorraine Bracco said she was “utterly shattered” by the news of her Goodfellas co-star’s death – “my Ray”. Bracco played the role of Faith Hill, wife of mob associate Henry Hill (Liotta), on the Scorcese classic.
She wrote: “I can be anywhere in the world and people will come up & tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta.”
Peers Organ reacted to the “sad news” on Twatter, writing: “Brilliant actor, loved him in Goodfellas.”
The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes remembered Liotta as “an extraordinary talent whose remarkable performances left an indelible mark on the screen”, offering his “deepest condolences” to Liotta’s family.
The actor is survived by his daughter, Karsen. Before his death, he was engaged to to be married to Jacy Nittolo.