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'Goodfellas' actor Ray Liotta dies

Actor Ray Liotta poses on arrival at the 2013 Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, US, January 10, 2013.
Actor Ray Liotta poses on arrival at the 2013 Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, US, January 10, 2013.
Image: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

American actor Ray Liotta, 67, who starred in the 1990 blockbuster crime film Goodfellas, died in his sleep on Thursday in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic General Directorate of Cinema confirmed to Reuters.

Liotta died in bed at a hotel where he was staying with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo while filming Dangerous Waters, said his publicist Jennifer Allen.

He had a leading role in the film about a sailing holiday that goes awry when family secrets are revealed.

A cause of death was not specified, cinema officials said. According to media reports, an emergency service team had entered the hotel.

His body was transferred to the forensic institute of Santo Domingo.

Liotta was born December 18, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey.

His many starring roles included playing mobster Henry Hill in Goodfellas and baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams.

He is also known for films including The Many Saints of Newark and Something Wild.

He leaves behind a daughter, Karsen Liotta, 23.


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