Ray Liotta receives tribute from Goodfellas co-star after death

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tiffany Rose - Getty Images

Ray Liotta has received tributes from Goodfellas co-star, Lorraine Bracco, and other past co-stars and celebrities following his passing.

Liotta died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 67 on May 26 while on location in the Dominican Republic filming his upcoming project Dangerous Waters, the star's publicist Jennifer Allen told The Hollywood Reporter.

The veteran actor rose to fame in 1986 with Jonathan Demme's Something Wild, playing Melanie Griffith's ex-convict husband.

Photo credit: 2016 NBCUniversal
Photo credit: 2016 NBCUniversal

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He was known for his work on Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, 1989's Field of Dreams, and most recently, Jennifer Lopez's cop drama, Shades of Blue, as well as the Oscar nominated movie Marriage Story.

One of the first actors to react to the tragic news of Liotta's passing was his Goodfellas co-star, Lorraine Braco, who called him the "best part" of making the '90s movie.

"I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray," she wrote on Twitter.

"I can be anywhere in the world and people will come up and 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."

American Hustle actor Alessandro Nivola also took to the platform to react to the news, calling his experience acting opposite Liotta, one of the "all time highlights" of his career.

"I feel so lucky to have squared off against this legend in one of his final roles," he wrote. "The scenes we did together were among the all time highlights of my acting career. He was dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious, and generous with his praise for other actors."

The two actors had co-starred on the 2021 crime film, The Many Saints of Newark, which served as a prequel to the HBO award-winning show, The Sopranos.

Other actors who shared their praise for Liotta's life and work included Jamie Lee Curtis and Oscar winner Viola Davis.

Curtis touched upon the actor's work in his field and how it proved "his complexity as a human being". "Such a gentle man," she wrote. "So sad to hear."

"RIP Ray Liotta!! Loved your work," wrote Davis.

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