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Ray Liotta net worth:
$14 Million

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Raymond Allen Liotta, simply known as Ray Liotta, was born in 1954, in New Jersey. Ray is an actor, particularly famous for his roles in “Field of Dreams” and “Goodfellas”. During his career Ray has been nominated for and has won various awards, including a Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, MTV Movie Award and many others. In addition to his appearances on television and in movies, Ray has also worked on creating such video games as “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”.

Ray Liotta Net Worth $14 Million

So how rich is Ray Liotta? It is estimated that Liotta’s net worth is $14 million, and his career as an actor is the main source of this sum of money. Ray is a very successful actor so there is no surprise that he has achieved this wealth during his career.

Ray’s childhood was not very perfect as he was adopted at a very young age and this might have influenced his future life. Liotta studied at Union High School and later continued his studies at the University of Miami. While he was studying at the university, he participated in many musicals and in this way improved as an actor. Soon he secured a role in the show called “Another World”. This was the time when Ray Liotta’s net worth began growing. In 1986 Rau was cast in the successful movie entitled “Something Wild”. While filming this movie, Ray met Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith. Later he received more and more roles in movies and became more acclaimed among others in the industry. In 2001 Ray acted in the movie called “Blow”, in which he had an opportunity to work with Johnny Depp, Jordi Molla, Penelope Cruz, Paul Reubens and others. This movie had a huge impact on the growth of Ray Liotta’s net worth. Other movies and television shows that Ray has appeared in include “Even Money”, “Battle in Seattle”, “The River Murders”, “The Identical”, “Kill the Messenger” and others.

Talking about Ray’s personal life, it can be said that Ray was married to Michelle Grace, but the couple divorced in 2004. They have one child. Liotta also had a relationship with Catherine Hickland, but they ended it in 2011.

All in all, it can be said that Ray Liotta is a famous and successful actor, who has appeared in many different shows and movies and now is known all over the world. His work is appreciated and acclaimed, and that is why he has been nominated for and has won many important awards. As said before, Ray continues his career so there is a high possibility that Ray Liotta’s net worth will continue to grow.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
E.A.S.: Esquadrão Antissequestro 2017 post-production
Sticky Notes 2016 Jack
Flock of Dudes 2016 Uncle Reed
Shades of Blue 2016 TV Series Matt Wozniak
Modern Family 2016 TV Series Ray Liotta
Alone 2016/V Mr. Ancilla
Campus Code 2015 Bartender
Blackway 2015 Blackway
Texas Rising 2015 TV Mini-Series Lorca
Stretch 2014 Ray Liotta
30 for 30 2014 TV Series documentary Narrator
Kill the Messenger 2014 John Cullen
Revenge of the Green Dragons 2014 Michael Bloom
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014 Joey
The Identical 2014 Reece Wade
Better Living Through Chemistry 2014 Jack Roberts
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 Big Papa
The Money 2014 TV Movie George Archer
Suddenly 2013 Tod Shaw
Pawn 2013/I Man in the Suit
Mob of the Dead 2013 Video Game Billy Handsome (voice)
The Devil's in the Details 2013 Dr. Robert Michaels
Abominable Christmas 2012 TV Movie Abominable Dad (voice)
NTSF:SD:SUV 2012 TV Series Jason
Dear Dracula 2012 Video Count Dracula (voice)
Bad Karma 2012 Molloy
Yellow 2012/I Afai
The Place Beyond the Pines 2012 Deluca
The Iceman 2012 Roy Demeo
Breathless 2012/I Sheriff Cooley
Killing Them Softly 2012 Markie Trattman
Ticket Out 2012 Jim
The League 2011 TV Series Ruxin's Boss
The Entitled 2011 Richard Nader
Field of Dreams 2: Lockout 2011 Short Roger Goodell
The River Murders 2011 Jack Verdon
Street Kings 2: Motor City 2011 Video Marty Kingston
All Things Fall Apart 2011 Dr. Brintall
The Son of No One 2011 Captain Marion Mathers
The Details 2011 Peter Mazzoni
Charlie St. Cloud 2010 Florio Ferrente
Hannah Montana 2010 TV Series Principal Luger
Chasing 3000 2010 Adult Mickey
Snowmen 2010 Reggie Kirkfield
Date Night 2010 Joe Miletto (uncredited)
Crazy on the Outside 2010 Gray
Youth in Revolt 2009 Lance Wescott
La linea 2009 Mark Shields
Powder Blue 2009 Jack Doheny
Observe and Report 2009 Detective Harrison
Crossing Over 2009 Cole Frankel
SpongeBob SquarePants 2008 TV Series Bubble Poppin Leader
Hero Wanted 2008 Detective Terry Subcott
Bee Movie 2007 Ray Liotta (voice)
Battle in Seattle 2007 Mayor Jim Tobin
Smith 2006-2007 TV Series Bobby Stevens
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale 2007 Gallian
Wild Hogs 2007 Jack
Smokin' Aces 2006 Donald Carruthers
Comeback Season 2006 Walter Pearce
Local Color 2006 John Talia Sr.
Even Money 2006/I Tom
Slow Burn 2005 Ford Cole
Revolver 2005 Dorothy Macha
Control 2004 Lee Ray Oliver
ER 2004 TV Series Charlie Metcalf
The Last Shot 2004 Jack Devine
Identity 2003 Rhodes
Ticker 2002 Short FBI Agent (uncredited)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game Tommy Vercetti (voice)
Point of Origin 2002 TV Movie John Orr Aaron Stiles
John Q 2002 Chief Gus Monroe
Just Shoot Me! 2001-2002 TV Series Ray Liotta
Narc 2002 Henry Oak
Family Guy 2001 TV Series Zack
Blow 2001 Fred Jung
Heartbreakers 2001 Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano
Hannibal 2001 Paul Krendler
A Rumor of Angels 2000 Nathan Neubauer
Pilgrim 2000 Jack
Forever Mine 1999 Mark Brice
Muppets from Space 1999 Gate Guard
The Rat Pack 1998 TV Movie Frank Sinatra
Phoenix 1998 Harry Collins
Cop Land 1997 Gary Figgis
Turbulence 1997 Ryan Weaver
Unforgettable 1996 David Krane
Frasier 1995 TV Series Bob
Operation Dumbo Drop 1995 Capt. T.C. Doyle
Corrina, Corrina 1994 Manny Singer
No Escape 1994 Capt. J.T. Robbins
Unlawful Entry 1992 Officer Pete Davis
Article 99 1992 Dr. Richard Sturgess
Women & Men 2: In Love There Are No Rules 1991 TV Movie Martin Meadows
Goodfellas 1990 Henry Hill
Field of Dreams 1989 Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dominick and Eugene 1988 Eugene Luciano
Arena Brains 1987 Short The Artist
Something Wild 1986 Ray Sinclair
Our Family Honor 1985 TV Series Ed Santini
The New Mike Hammer 1984 TV Series Tony Cable
The Lonely Lady 1983 Joe Heron
Casablanca 1983 TV Series Sacha
St. Elsewhere 1983 TV Series Murray
Another World 1980-1981 TV Series Joey Perrini
Crazy Times 1981 TV Movie Johnny 'Wizard' Lazarra
Hardhat and Legs 1980 TV Movie Family

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Identical 2014 executive producer
4 Minutes 2011 Short producer
Snowmen 2010 executive producer
La linea 2009 executive producer
Take the Lead 2006 executive producer
Slow Burn 2005 co-executive producer
Narc 2002 producer
Phoenix 1998 co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 performer: "End Of The Road", "I Hope I Get It"
The Rat Pack 1998 TV Movie performer: "Hey There", "The Least I Can Do"
Cop Land 1997 performer: "Won't You be My Neighbor?"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie St. Cloud: On Location with Zac Efron 2010 Video documentary short special thanks
Smokin' Aces: The Big Gun 2007 Video short special thanks
Getting Made: The Making of 'GoodFellas' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Narc: Shooting Up 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
Cop Land 1997 special thanks - director's cut

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of 'Unforgettable' 1996 Video documentary short Himself
Unforgettable: Behind the Scenes 1996 Video documentary short Himself
Unforgettable: Star & Crew Sound Bites 1996 Video documentary short Himself
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects 1994 TV Special documentary Himself
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Good Morning Britain 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Motiv de Andreu Buenafuente 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
The Wendy Williams Show 2016 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Conan 2011-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Scorsese's Goodfellas 2015 Video documentary Himself
Huckabee 2014 TV Series Himself
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Killing Them Softly' 2013 Video documentary short Himself
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Guys Choice Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Himself
Phineas and Ferb 2012 TV Series Himself
Wanderlust 2012 Himself
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner: Behind the Scenes 2011 Short Himself
Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner: Deleted Scenes 2011 Short Himself
Charlie St. Cloud: On Location with Zac Efron 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2010 TV Special Himself
Guys Choice 2010 TV Movie Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
HBO First Look 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres 2008 TV Movie Himself
13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Slow Burn: Fire in the Streets 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Planet Voice 2007 TV Series Himself
Xposé 2007 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
Deadline 2007 TV Series Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1994-2007 TV Series Himself
The View 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Revolver: Movie Premiere Special 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Precinct Hollywood 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
9th Annual Prism Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Inside the Mafia 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Getting Made: The Making of 'GoodFellas' 2004 Video documentary short Himself / Henry Hill
Field of Dreams: Passing Along the Pastime 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western 2004 Video short Himself
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Boyz Up Unauthorized 2003 Documentary short Ray Liotta
Starz on the Set: Identity 2003 TV Short Himself
G-Phoria 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Narc: Making the Deal 2003 Video documentary short Himself / Henry Oak
Narc: Shooting Up 2003 Video documentary short Himself / Henry Oak
Punk'd 2003 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1997-2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Richard & Judy 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Screenplay
Saturday Night Live 2003 TV Series Himself - Host
The Daily Show 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Behind the Scenes of 'John Q' 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson 2002 TV Series Himself
Back in the U.S. 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
This Week in Baseball 2002 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Anatomy of a Scene 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself
Howard Stern 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Howard Stern Radio Show 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
High Stakes: Bet Your Life on Vegas 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
1998 MTV Movie Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kill the Messenger: The All-Star Cast 2015 Video documentary short Himself - John Cullen (uncredited)
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series documentary Henry Hill
Comedy Lab 2010 TV Series Himself
Behind the Scenes with Joe Carnahan 2010 Video documentary short Donald Carruthers (uncredited)
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Henry Hill
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
ER 2007 TV Series Charlie Metcalf
I Love the 1990s 2001 TV Series documentary Henry Hill
Venice Report 1997 TV Short documentary Gary 'Figgsy' Figgis
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1991 TV Special Henry Hill

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series ER (1994)
2005 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actor ER (1994)
2005 Prism Award Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series Episode ER (1994)
2003 Glow Award G-Phoria Awards Best Voice Performance - Male Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
2003 VGA Spike Video Game Awards Best Performance by a Human Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
2001 François Truffaut Award Giffoni Film Festival
1987 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Something Wild (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Texas Rising (2015)
2003 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Narc (2002)
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Narc (2002)
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Rat Pack (1998)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Unlawful Entry (1992)
1991 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Goodfellas (1990)
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Something Wild (1986)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Something Wild (1986)
1986 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Something Wild (1986)

TitleSalary
No Escape (1994) $1,500,000

#Fact
1 He was inducted into the 2016 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performance Arts category.
2 Friends with Pamela Bowen. He, Pamela and Josh Taylor were in the same acting class for 4 years.
3 Appears in the music video of Ed Sheeran's song, "Bloodstream".
4 Despite frequently playing violent characters onscreen, he claims to have never gotten into a fight in his life.
5 Lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
6 Was the original choice for the role of Dignam in The Departed (2006), however had to reluctantly decline due to other commitments.
7 Claims that he only did Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) for the money.
8 Has a nephew who is also named Ray Liotta who plays on a farm team for the Kansas City Royals.
9 Was Tim Burton's first choice to play Harvey Dent in Batman (1989), but turned it down to do Goodfellas (1990) instead.
10 When he was six months old, he was adopted from a Newark, New Jersey, orphanage by Mary Miller (Edgar) and Alfred Liotta, the owners of a chain of automotive-supply stores. One of his earliest memories is of helping his parents pick out Linda, his sister, at an orphanage when he was three years old.
11 Ray's adoptive father was the son of Italian immigrants, and Ray's adoptive mother was the daughter of Scottish parents. In a 2001 interview with Smoke Magazine, Liotta said that his biological parents' ancestry is "mostly Scottish with a bit of Italian". In 2006, he tracked down his biological mother and learned that his biological father was not Italian at all.
12 Has appeared in a film for Jonathan Demme (Something Wild (1986)), and his nephew Ted Demme (Blow (2001)). He also appeared in Hannibal (2001), the sequel to Demme's film The Silence of the Lambs (1991). So, while he has appeared in a Demme film and a Lecter film, he has never done both at the same time.
13 Director Antoine Fuqua wanted to cast Liotta in American Gangster (2007) before the film was put on hold and Fuqua was replaced.
14 Is an avid supporter of English Premiership football team Tottenham Hotspur and has been in the crowd for a few matches at White Hart Lane, sometimes giving pre-match interviews on the touchline.
15 In contrast to his intense, often evil characters, he is by all accounts a nice, well-adjusted family-man off screen.
16 He gained about 20 pounds and wore small lifts to appear even more imposing and bear-like while playing Henry Oak in Narc (2002).
17 Played baseball player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989). Ex-wife, Michelle Grace is also the ex-wife of baseball player Mark Grace.
18 British rock band Linoleum recorded a song called 'Ray Liotta' (on their 1997 album 'Dissent').
19 In Blow (2001), Liotta plays father to George Jung (Johnny Depp), who reportedly was responsible for 85% of all cocaine distributed in the US in the late 1970s/early '80s. Therefore, there is an 85% chance that Liotta's son in Blow (2001) is distributing cocaine to Liotta, playing Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990).
20 Became a father for the 1st time at age 44 when his [now ex] wife Michelle Grace gave birth to their daughter Karsen Liotta in December 1998.
21 Worked in a cemetery while he was at college.
22 His best friend is Josh Taylor.
23 Adopted when 6 months old.
24 Attended Union High School in Union, New Jersey. Was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame during the 1992-1993 school year.
25 One of the roles he played while at the University of Miami was as one of the Von Trapp children (Kurt) in the 1974 production of "The Sound of Music." Also appearing in that production was Gail Edwards.
26 Last name is pronounced Lee-oh-ta.

#Quote
1 [on meeting the real Henry Hill for the first time after playing him in Goodfellas (1990)] The first thing he said was: 'Thanks for not making me look like a scumbag.' And I said: 'Did you see the movie?'
2 [on Goodfellas (1990)] The whole thing was tempered by my mom, who was sick and had cancer and died in the middle of it. I was going home every weekend to New Jersey. Then one day I got a specific "You need to get home." Marty told me, and my knees buckled. I finished the scene, went home, buried her and was back to work three, four days later. And the first scene after the funeral was after I stand Karen up and she says, "Who do you think you are, Frankie Valli?" And I'm kind of laughing. That's one of the great things about acting. Between action and cut, you can really lose yourself and do what needs to be done.
3 There's nothing worse than working with somebody who doesn't know what they're doing, especially if you've had experience. It gets really frustrating - then I can be a dick on set.
4 [on how he got started in acting] I went to the University of Miami because, basically, at that time, if you had a pulse, you could get in. I was only there because my dad said: 'Go to college, take whatever you want, just go out and experience things.' This was 1973. There was an acting teacher there called Buckets. He was a guy's guy, man. Drinking, edgy, dark glasses all the time - and he was a great teacher. He took me under his wing because I was so raw. I didn't give a shit. I really didn't.
5 I subscribe to the theory that luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
6 You know how they have stand-ins when they're doing the lighting? I always do my own standing-in. That way I stay in the zone and nobody asks me anything, except to move left or right.
7 [on his off-screen persona] If I'm playing a nice guy, I'm great on the set. If I'm not, I'm a dick. I'm sure I'm going to be unbearably wonderful while I'm playing the preacher.
8 [1997] Actors a bunch of hot air when you really look at what's life about and the real trials and tribulations, day in and day out.
9 There's not a day that goes by that I don't hear somebody mention Goodfellas (1990), unless I stay home all night. It's defined who I am, in a sense.
10 [on choosing his roles] I knew, after Something Wild (1986), in it I was a splashy bad guy, and I'd read enough, I knew there was typecasting out there. I held out a long time to get Dominick and Eugene (1988), and then Field of Dreams (1989) and Goodfellas (1990) just kind of fell into my lap. Then, I started getting a little too picky and choosy and I figure well, after Goodfellas, next thing you know, they think I'm Italian, even though Henry was an Irish guy, and I myself am adopted, so I'm not Italian. They're really quick to put you in a hole, so I figured playing a heart surgeon in a black comedy (Article 99 (1992)) would be a good thing to do. It was, but Orion went bankrupt, so you know, the way you choose to do it is different each time.
11 (groaning) Well, Turbulence (1997) is a whole 'nother story. Umm... that one got by me. I mean, I felt good with what I did. It is what it was, and whatever... You know, Turbulence, you know what? The movies I was doing weren't becoming huge box office things, and that really gives you leverage in this business, and that seemed to have a commercial potential, [which] was the wrong reason to go into it. But that's what led me, just out of frustration, and also, sometimes after a while, you just have to pick the best of the lot. This is the profession I chose, and you really learn to save your money because you never know how it's going to go, but you still want to get out there and work.
12 [on his most challenging role] Probably The Rat Pack (1998), taking on Sinatra. That was uh, very intimidating. I didn't know that much about him. I'm not an imitator. You know, to do him without going into caricature was harder than maybe what [the others had to do]. Sammy has a certain pattern, and Dean had a certain pattern, Frank was just so much more raw. I didn't think I look like him; I had to sing the songs. I mean, I'm really glad I did it, but at first, it was just terrifying for months. All I did was listen, watch, or read about Sinatra.
13 Research is good to a degree, to learn how to hold a gun. You want to look like you know what you're doing and get a basic sense. But your imagination is all you need. They say that the imagination is more powerful than knowledge.
14 I've only been in one fight in my whole life... in 7th grade, yet everyone thinks I'm a maniac.
15 Okay there was an edginess to the guy, but he never killed anyone. All he did was beat up the guy who was harming girlfriend. And a major point in the film was how he couldn't be made because he was part Irish and part Italian. But then they also say I'm Italian and I'm mostly Scottish with a bit of Italian. So, it doesn't track sometimes. - on preconceptions about him based on his role in Goodfellas (1990).
16 People have all these preconceptions about me. Whereas if you look at the roles, Henry Hill was the nicest guy in Goodfellas (1990)! I was a nice guy too in the comedy _Heartbreakers_. And I was a really sweet father to Johnny Depp in Blow (2001)!
17 It's the oily skin. It gives you zits when you are a teenager, but then it doesn't wrinkle as you get older. [on why he looks a lot younger]
18 What I really am is a homebody. I was a homebody even before I had a family. My days are filled with home stuff.
19 Bad guys stand out in people's minds. If you think about De Niro or Pacino, you're not going to stay Stanley and Iris, you are not going to say Author! Author! (1982). Even with Brando, you are going to say The Godfather (1972) or Street Car. It is the edgier characters that are remembered. That's my rationalization.
20 "I only did it to get my foot in the door and because you never know what can happen." - On his first film, The Lonely Lady (1983).
21 I wasn't crazy about the way things were going. I wanted to be a little more proactive with my career instead of waiting for something to come to me, so I formed a production company with my wife [MichellebGrace] and a partner, Diane Nabatoff, and changed agents - I really just wanted to clean house and start fresh. The first script I got was Narc (2002) and I really responded to it; it reminded me of a 70s type movie, I really liked the characters, I didn't anticipate the ending. I wanted to go that way and really get proactive with my career - take some control in it and redirect it in a direction that I liked.
22 "Nothing. It's just make-believe. I don't think it's good to personalize it. If you do, it's limiting. The actors that do personalize it are the ones that always seem the same in every movie they do. I don't really look at it in any kind of deep psychological way that I learn something about myself. Aside from taking up the acting challenges, I'm really glad I took on the challenge of playing Sinatra, as scary as it was. I learned somewhat about myself - that I could do it and I knew what was bothering me - the fears that I had." - On what he learns about himself through the characters he plays.
23 Something Wild (1986) was my first movie. I was in an acting class and on a soap opera for three-and-a-half years in New York - I moved to L.A. at 25 and nothing was really going on for like a five-year period. I was still in acting class, I was in class all through Goodfellas (1990) actually, and I talked to some of the guys and they said, "Are you up for this movie, Something Wild?" and I said, "No." But I decided I really wanted to be up for it even though [Jonathan] Demme had already narrowed it down to three people. I'd been to college with Melanie Griffith's then-husband Steven Bauer and I called her up and said, "y'know, can you get me in and I felt weird about it, but here I am, thirty years old and I haven't done anything yet and I'd read the script and felt like I could do that as well as anyone out there so why not me?" She got me in, she insisted that Jonathan see me, and it just worked out with me.
24 (when asked why he did the voice of Tommy Vercetti for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)) "For the money."
25 It would be nice to do a movie where I didn't have to choke the girl to get her.

#Trademark
1 His slightly deranged laugh
2 Often plays intense, violent characters
3 Piercing blue eyes

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