American actor Ray Liotta, 67, who starred in the 1990 crime film “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep on Thursday in the Dominican Republic at a hotel where he was staying with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo while filming “Dangerous Waters.” A cause of death was not yet specified. He also starred baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams” and is known too for films including “The Many Saints of Newark” and “Something Wild.” Liotta’s last post on Instagram was to promote an upcoming horror film called Cocaine Bear directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks. Following his college graduation, Liotta moved to New York City where he got work in commercials and was cast as Joey Perrini on the daytime soap opera “Another World,” in which he appeared from 1978 to 1981.
He was 30 years old at the time of his first big movie role, in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild as Melanie Griffith’s character’s hotheaded ex-convict husband Ray. Liotta’s film and television credits include “John Q,” “Blow,” “Operation Dumbo Drop,” “Shades of Blue” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Recently, he narrated the TV docuseries “The Making of the Mob” and starred in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the prequel film to the hit television mob series “The Sopranos.”