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Ray Liotta Fans Are Remembering His 'Unforgettable' Performance In 'Overlooked' Classic

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Ray Liotta Fans Are Remembering His 'Unforgettable' Performance In 'Overlooked' Classic
Ray Liotta Fans Are Remembering His 'Unforgettable' Performance In 'Overlooked' Classic (Alamy/Universal)

In the wake of screen legend Ray Liotta's death, people are taking to Twitter to share their love for one of his most 'overlooked' films.

Yesterday (26 May), news of Liotta's sudden passing was announced. He was 67 years old.

The iconic New Jersey actor is said to have died in his sleep late Wednesday/early Thursday while in the Dominican Republic filming his new movie Dangerous Waters.

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Fans are remembering this incredible Ray Liotta film. Credit: Alamy
Fans are remembering this incredible Ray Liotta film. Credit: Alamy

Tributes have poured in for the actor, including from Martin Scorsese, who gave Ray Liotta his breakout role as Henry Hill in Goodfellas.

The Oscar-winning director said of his friend: "I’m absolutely shocked and devastated by the sudden, unexpected death of Ray Liotta. He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so courageous as an actor.

"Playing Henry Hill in Goodfellas was a tall order, because the character had so many different facets, so many complicated layers, and Ray was in almost every scene of a long, tough shoot.

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"He absolutely amazed me, and I’ll always be proud of the work we did together on that picture. My heart goes out to his loved ones, and it aches for his loss, way too early."

Scorsese wasn't the only one to remark on Liotta's incredible work, with a host of fans taking to Twitter to share their love of one film in particular.

The film? Field of Dreams.

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If you've not watched the incredible 1989 film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, get on it immediately.

The film sees shoeless Joe Jackson, a baseball legend turned ghost, along with a host of other sports stars, turn up to play on a makeshift pitch made by Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner).

Fans adored Liotta's performances and took a moment to reflect on the film while remembering the beloved star.

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One wrote: "Sad day. Actor Ray Liotta died while filming a movie in Dominican Republic. His portrayal of Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1989's "Field of Dreams" was the catalyst for his great career. I watch it every year on the eve of Opening Day. His final line in FoD: 'No, Ray...it was you'."


Another said of Liotta's films: ""Field of Dreams" & the 2 "Muppet" are too often overlooked. Indeed, Liotta had range."

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A third wrote: "One of my all time favourite films is Field of dreams, sad to learn that Hollywood legend Ray Liotta who starred in the film has passed away."

In honour of the screen legend, we think we'll watch this one tonight too.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

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Shola Lee

Shola Lee began her journalism career while studying for her undergraduate degree at Queen Mary, University of London and Columbia University in New York. She has written for the Columbia Spectator, QM Global Bloggers, CUB Magazine, UniDays, and Warner Brothers' Wizarding World Digital. Recently, Shola took part in the 2021 BAFTA Crew and BBC New Creatives programme before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories, and features.

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