When Goodfellas icon Ray Liotta died this week at 67, Hollywood was caught off guard. Liotta had one of those unique screen personas that fans knew and felt close to.
Whether he was selling tequila or stealing scenes on screens big or small, Liotta had the common touch — he seemed to possess that live wire of vitality we all feel defines us at our core, but he wore his on the outside.
Liotta’s Shades of Blue co-star Jennifer Lopez felt that live wire from their very first scene together. And she said she knew right then “it was going to be good.” Of that first scene, Lopez writes, “there was an electric spark and a mutual respect” adding she “felt lucky to have him there to work with and learn from.”
Liotta, she said, “was complicated, sincere, honest and so very emotional.” RIP RAY, she wrote. Gone too soon. But not without making his mark.