Ray Liotta obituary

Actor whose charred handsomeness and mercurial qualities led to magnetic performances in Goodfellas and Something Wild‘As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Those words, delivered with lingering fascination by the actor Ray Liotta, who has died unexpectedly aged 67, ushered audiences into Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (1990), one of the most dynamic pictures made about the criminal life and its enticements.Liotta, playing the real mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill, has just been seen taking part in the fatal knifing of a mob rival when the camera zooms on to his face, bathed in the infernal red glow of a car’s brake-lights.

Seductive and terrifying, he exudes a charred handsomeness and a chilling self-belief.

Though Goodfellas was only his fourth major screen role, Liotta was seen for much of the movie’s two-and-a-half-hour running time.

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