Representatives for Liotta told The Hollywood Reporter and NBC News that he died in his sleep on Wednesday night. He was in the Dominican Republic filming a new film.
An unnamed official at the country’s National Forensic Science Institute confirmed Liotta’s death and stated his body was brought to the Cristo Redentor morgue.
Lorraine Bracco, who played Karen Hill in Goodfellas, tweeted on Thursday, “Utterly saddened to hear this dreadful news about my Ray.”
“I can be anywhere in the world & people will come up & tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same Ray Liotta.”
Alessandro Nivola, who recently appeared with Liotta in The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark also wrote, “I feel so lucky to have squared off against this legend in one of his final roles.
“The scenes we did together were among the all-time highlights of my acting career. He was dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious, and generous with his praise for other actors. Too soon.”
A Newark, New Jersey native, Liotta was born in 1954 and adopted at age six months out of an orphanage by a township clerk and an auto parts owner.
Though he mostly grew up playing sports, including baseball, during his senior year of high school, the drama teacher at the school asked him if he wanted to be in a play, which he agreed to on a lark.
And it stuck: He’d go on to study acting at the University of Miami. After graduation, he got his first big break on the soap opera Another World.
Liotta’s first big film role was in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild as Melanie Griffith’s character’s hotheaded ex-convict husband Ray. The turn earned him a Golden Globe nomination.