Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice-guy roles in 梦幻之地 (1989) and 飞象计划 (1995), you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream of work, completing multiple projects per year.
Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was adopted by Mary (Edgar), a township clerk, and Alfred Liotta, an auto parts store owner. He studied acting at the University of Miami, where he became friends with 斯蒂文·鲍尔 (疤面煞星 (1983), 神偷淑女情 (1984)). He spent his first years acting in TV: Another World (1964), a TV movie and several short-lived series. He broke into movies with the black comedy 散弹露露 (1986), which garnered him rave reviews. Originally unable to get a reading, he was recommended for the part by 梅兰尼·格里菲斯 (then married to Bauer). After the success 散弹露露 (1986), he received more offers in the "psycho" vein, but refused them to avoid being typecast. Instead, he made "little movies" like 吾兄吾弟 (1988), which earned him standing as an actor's actor, and 梦幻之地 (1989), whose success still surprises him. When he heard that 马丁·斯科塞斯 was casting 好家伙 (1990), he lobbied hard for the part of Henry Hill. The film's huge success brought him wide popularity and enabled him to get star billing in future films, such as 杏林战场 (1992), 危险第三情 (1992), and Unforgettable (1996).