Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Kevin Costner have paid tribute to the “uniquely talented” Ray Liotta, who has died age 67.
The actor died in his sleep within the Dominican Republic the place he used to be making a brand new movie. No foul play is suspected.
Liotta is best possible identified for enjoying real-life mobster Henry Hill within the vintage gangster film Goodfellas in 1990.
Its director, Martin Scorsese, mentioned he used to be “completely stunned and devastated through the surprising, surprising demise”.
“He used to be so uniquely talented, so adventurous, so brave as an actor,” he mentioned in a observation.
“Enjoying Henry Hill in Goodfellas used to be a tall order, since the personality had such a lot of other aspects, such a lot of sophisticated layers, and Ray used to be in nearly each and every scene of an extended, difficult shoot.
“He completely amazed me, and I will at all times be happy with the paintings we did in combination on that image.”
Robert De Niro starred along Liotta within the movie and launched a observation that mentioned: “I used to be very saddened to be informed of Ray’s passing. He’s means too means younger to have left us.”
Lorraine Bracco, who performed his spouse, mentioned she used to be “totally shattered to listen to this horrible information about my Ray”.
She tweeted: “I will be able to be anyplace on the earth and other people will arise and inform me their favorite film is Goodfellas.
“Then they at all times ask what used to be the most efficient a part of making that film. My reaction has at all times been the similar…Ray Liotta.”
Kevin Costner and Seth Rogen had been amongst others paying tribute to the New Jersey-born famous person.
Liotta seemed as a well-known baseball participant in Costner’s Box Of Desires and the actor tweeted a clip of the pair from the film.
“Devastated to listen to the inside track of Ray Liotta’s passing,” he mentioned.
“Whilst he leaves an unbelievable legacy, he’s going to at all times be ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in my center. What took place that second within the movie used to be genuine. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray.”
Rogen, who labored with Liotta on 2009’s Apply and File, known as him a “proficient and hilarious individual” and mentioned “running with him used to be probably the most nice joys of my occupation”.
Born in Newark, New Jersey in December 1954, Liotta’s first spoil got here with the function of Ray Sinclair in One thing Wild in 1986, for which he won a Golden Globe nomination.
After being deserted at an orphanage as a toddler, he used to be followed at six months through township clerk Mary and auto-parts retailer proprietor Alfred Liotta.
He additionally performed Tommy Vercetti in Grand Robbery Auto: Vice Town, and in a 1998 TV movie, The Rat Pack, he portrayed the mythical Frank Sinatra.
His Broadway debut got here in 2004 in dramatic comedy Fit, whilst he additionally seemed in Muppets From House and Muppets Maximum Sought after.
His occupation used to be nonetheless very a lot lively. Fresh tasks incorporated The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Tale and No Surprising Transfer.
Talking in 2016, Liotta mentioned he had regrets in regards to the process his occupation – together with turning down the danger to audition for Tim Burton’s Batman movie.
“I want I would treated my occupation in a different way however, you understand, hindsight…” he commented.
“Once I did my first film, Tim Burton used to be on the point of do Batman, and he used to be enthusiastic about me as a result of he sought after it to be edgy and genuine.
“I assumed, ‘Batman? That is a silly concept,’ although he had simply performed one among my favorite motion pictures of all time, Beetlejuice. So, sure, I feel sorry about now not auditioning for that.”
Goodfellas remained the movie for which he used to be best possible identified – one thing he used to be pleased with.
“Other folks ask if I am stricken through that, however no, Goodfellas will probably be a most sensible 10 film for years and years, it kind of feels,” he mentioned.
“I’ve youngsters coming as much as me just like the film’s simply pop out that week… That and Box Of Desires. I am getting a large number of Box Of Desires fanatics too.”