Celebrities are paying tribute to the Goodfellas actor, who died aged 67 (Picture: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Source: Invision)
Celebrities including Lorraine Bracco have shared emotional tributes to Ray Liotta following the actor’s death, aged 67.
Liotta was best known for starring in the critically acclaimed movie Goodfellas, playing mobster Henry Hill.
News of his death broke on Friday after he died in his sleep while in the Dominican Republic, shooting a new film.
Fans and famous friends were quick to celebrate the star’s life, with co star Bracco penning a particularly emotional message.
The Emmy Award nominee also starred in Goodfellas, branding Liotta ‘my Ray’ as she confessed to being ‘utterly shattered’ upon hearing the ‘terrible news.’
‘I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world & people will come up & tell me their favourite 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,’ she tweeted.
News of Liotta’s death has sent shockwaves through the entertainment world (Picture: WireImage)
‘Ray Liotta. Man. Just met dude for the first time last year. GREAT actor. Nice to have had a chance to say that to him. RIP,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, actor and activist Rosanna Arquett added that she is ‘really sad’ to hear of her friend’s death, tweeting: ‘I’m really sad to hear that Ray Liotta has passed away. He was a friend back in the day and it’s very sad. We had a lot of laughs Rest In Peace My friend.’
Another pal and colleague of Liotta’s was Alessandro Nivola, who worked with him in The Many Saints of Newark.
Lorraine Bracco feels ‘utterly shattered’ after hearing of her friend’s death (Picture: Getty)
The American actor has shared how ‘lucky’ he felt to star opposite the film icon, writing: ‘RIP Ray Liotta. 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.’
Controversial broadcaster Piers Morgan also shared a photo of Liotta doing what he did best.
‘RIP Ray Liotta, 67. Brilliant actor, loved him in Goodfellas. Sad news,’ the former Life Stories host wrote.
Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis expressed her sadness on social media, sharing: ‘RIP Ray Liotta!! Loved your work ❤️’
‘Ray Liotta has died. His work as an actor showed his complexity as a human being. A gentle man. So sad to hear,’ Jamie Lee Curtis wrote.
Brent Spiner from Star Trek tweeted: ‘Ray Liotta. Something Wild. What a talent. Rest In Peace.’
TV favourites from across the pond have been remembering Liotta too, showing that his work travelled far and wide.
Dragon’s Den powerhouse Deborah Meaden tweeted: ‘Always enjoyed Ray Liotta as an Actor…too young to go. #riprayliotta’
Liotta’s CV boasted a range of acting credits across films and TV series (Picture: Warner Bros/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
Liotta first made an impression on the entertainment industry back in 1986 when he starred in Something Wild, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination.
Other actor credits include thrillers Unlawful Entry, and Unforgettable while, more recently, Liotta featured in the Oscar nominated film Marriage Story, alongside Adam Driver and Scarlet Johansson.
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He also appeared on the small screen in a range of TV shows, from Saturday Night Live to Phineas and Ferb, and Modern Family.
Liotta leaves behind daughter, Karsen, who he shared with his ex-wife Michelle Grace, and partner Jacy Nittolo, to whom he was engaged at the time of his death.
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