American actor Ray Liotta, one of the stars of the mythical mafia film Les Affranchis, died at the age of 67, several American media announced on Thursday May 26. The star died in his sleep, specifies the TMZ site, citing a source close to Ray Liotta.

The Deadline site also reported the actor’s death while filming in the Dominican Republic, on the film Dangerous Waters, which is scheduled for release in 2023. “He was with his wife who asks you to respect his pain,” a spokesperson for the Dominican Republic’s directorate general of cinema told AFP.

I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world

Born on December 18, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey, in the greater suburbs of New York, Raymond Allen Liotta became a world star for having camped on the screen the real New York mafia gangster Henry Hill (1943-2012) in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas. is considered by moviegoers to be one of the greatest films of the genre of the 20th century, alongside Francis Ford Copolla’s The Godfather trilogy.

In 1991, Goodfellas won an Oscar (Joe Pesci, Best Supporting Actor) and was nominated in five other categories. Some of these scenes, sometimes ultraviolent, and the dialogues have entered the world cinematographic culture forever. His on-screen wife in Les Affanchis, the character of Karen Hill played by Lorraine Bracco, said on Twitter that she was “completely shattered by the announcement of this terrible news”.

For one of his last screen appearances, Liotta also starred in the 2021 film Many Saints Of Newark – A Soprano Story, which traces the youthful years of famous mobster Tony Soprano, from the cult television series of the same name. . Ray Liotta became known to American audiences by starring in the baseball movie Field of Dreams in 1989 alongside Kevin Costner and, in 1986, in Dangereuse sous tous relations (Something Wild), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

He was married from 1997 until their divorce in 2004 to actress Michelle Grace, with whom he had a daughter.