The actor is best known for his role as Henry Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese movie Goodfellas, where he helped create the idea for a gangster movie over the years.

The movie is based on Nicolas Pillay's non-fiction book Wise Guy.

Leotta was born in 1954 in New York, NJ. He grew up in a nearby union after being adopted by the Leota family.

Ray Liotta began acting at the University of Miami, where he studied drama. After graduation, he worked in small roles in various commercials and TV shows.

From there, he played the ghost character of baseball legend Shules Joe Jackson in the Field of Dreams, then he starred in Goodfellas.