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Ray Liotta Remembered

“Goodfellas” actor Ray Liotta, who once lent his voice to a Palm Beach County tourism video, has died at the age of 67. He died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was making a movie. His publicist, Jen Allen, told The Associated Press that he was in the Dominican Republic making a new movie and didn’t wake up Thursday morning. Liotta was plenty familiar with Florida and South Florida, in particular. The New Jersey-born actor, perhaps best known for his role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob drama “Goodfellas,” graduated from the University of Miami and went on to appear in several movies filmed in the Sunshine State. His sophomore movie, “Something Wild,” for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination, was filmed in the Tallahassee area. Liotta came to Palm Beach County in 2000 to film “Heartbreakers,” which was set in Palm Beach. Filming locations included the Breakers, Worth Avenue and neighboring West Palm Beach. In 2014, Liotta voiced a tourism video touting Palm Beach County as a “place where luxury never goes out of style, where there’s always something for everyone.”  Some of Liotta’s other film roles include 1989’s “Field of Dreams,” in which he portrayed the ghost of baseball star “Shoeless” Joe Jackson; 1992’s “Unlawful Entry,” starring opposite Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe as a psychopathic police officer fixated on another man’s wife; 1997’s “Cop Land,” an ensemble crime drama about a New Jersey town whose residents are mostly comprised of corrupt cops; “Hannibal,” director Ridley Scott’s 2001 sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs;” and 2001’s “Blow,” about American cocaine smuggler George Jung.   His movies include “Goodfellas”, “Field of Dreams”, “Cop Land”, “Unlawful Entry”, “Something Wild”, and “Blow”.