December 18, 1955
Newark, New Jersey
Ray Liotta was adopted at six months of age by Alfred and Mary Liotta. He has one sister, Linda, who was adopted three years later. The two of them were raised in Union, New Jersey where Ray attended Union High. He was a star athlete and admits to being quite the jock, participating mainly in basketball and soccer. When not in school, Ray spent time working at his parent's automotive store.
After high school, Ray went on to major in Drama at the University of Miami, graduating with
a BA in Fine Arts in 1977. While he was there he was involved in numerous stage productions, including "The Sound of Music", "Cabaret", "Death of a Salesman" and "A Streetcar named Desire".
Ray's first major acting role was that of Joey Perrini on the day time soap, "Another World".
A part he played from 1978 to 1981.
His transition to feature films came with his portrayal of the vicious ex-con Ray Sinclair
in Jonathan Demme's dark comedic thriller "Something Wild". His performance won him the
Boston Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination.
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Portions of bio provided by Lynn Woolery-Greenhouse
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