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Watching late Ray Liotta laughing in Goodfellas might just raise your spirits

Bruno Cooke May 26, 2022
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Goodfellas actor Ray Liotta has died at the age of 67 – many will remember his iconic roles in Goodfellas and Narc but, as Deadline reports, he was “on a big resurgence”. What better way to celebrate the life and career of the iconic actor than by checking in on Ray Liotta laughing, and remembering some of his best roles.

Watching Ray Liotta laughing in Goodfellas might just raise your spirits

The “Ray Liotta Laugh” has been iconic for decades, but it really took flight in the YouTube era.

Meme-worthy before internet memes were even a thing, it’s there “for when normal laughing is insufficient”, writes one commenter on a now 11-year-old compilation of videos of Ray Liotta laughing.

Watch it below. All the clips are taken from Goodfellas, which came out in 1990 and will be remembered by many as Liotta’s most important film role.

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What else was he in besides Goodfellas?

But Ray Liotta didn’t only appear – or appear to be laughing – in Martin Scorsese’s classic crime drama.

In an acting career that spanned more than 40 years, he amassed a total of 126 screen credits. Six of those haven’t even come out yet – he was active right up to the last.

In its report on his untimely death, Deadline notes Liotta was “on a big resurgence”.

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Source: YouTube [Warner Movies On Demand]

He was shooting Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic at the time

Ray Liotta died in his sleep, Deadline adds, in the Dominican Republic. He was shooting the film Dangerous Waters with director John Barr. Co-stars include Saffron Burrows, Odeya Rush and Eric Dane.

Previously, Ray played Joey Perrini in 36 episodes of Another World, from 1978 to 1981; Ed Santini in ten episodes of Our Family Honour; and even voice-acted in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – he was Tommy Vercetti.

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Other notable roles include Ray Sinclair in Something Wild (1986), Henry Oak in Narc (2002), and Dorothy Macha in Revolver (2005). 

Rogue editors on Liotta’s Wikipedia page appear to have changed his “years active” to 1715-1999, his spouse to Michelle Obama, and his number of children to 61,857. He was actually active from 1980 to 2022. He was previously married to Michelle Grace; we wrote about his relationship with Jacy Nittolo last year. Ray has one daughter. Her name is Karson Liotta.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.