Ray Liotta is a beloved actor who has been bringing us into the worlds of the movies he stars in since he first began his career in 1978. He’s acted in many movies and television shows, from 1998’s "The Rat Pack" to 2012’s "Killing Them Softly." One of his most recent roles has been on NBC’s "Shades of Blue" in which he works side-by-side with Jennifer Lopez.
1. Ray is adopted! Raymond Allen Liotta was born Raymond Allen Vicimarli on December 18, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey. He was put up for adoption as an infant and was adopted when he was six months old by Mary Liotta, an appointed clerk of the town, and Alfred Liotta, the owner of a local auto parts store. He grew up in Union, New Jersey, with his adopted sister Linda. In the late 2000s, he managed to track down his biological mother and was able to speak to her. It was then that he learned that he has one half-brother, five half-sisters, and one full sister!
2. After graduating from Union High School in 1973, he then went on to attend the University of Miami, where he studied Fine Arts. During his time at the school, he performed in many musicals including, "Cabaret," "Oklahoma" and even "The Sound of Music." He studied alongside Robert “Buckets” Lowery at the school, until his graduation in 1978.
3. Ray Liotta has an estimated net worth of $24 million! He’s been credited with acting in over 110 television shows and movies, that have earned him many awards and nominations! Overall, he has earned eight awards and ten other nominations, but it’s safe to say that the crown jewel of his awards is his Emmy! He won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for his portrayal of Charlie Metcalf in "ER."
4. Ray loves horseback riding! When Ray played Lorca on the 2015 History Channel miniseries, "Texas Rising," he had his first chance to go horseback riding, and he fell in love with it. Even since the end of the series, Ray has continued horseback riding every chance he gets, and he considers it his main hobby now. According to an interview he gave to Larry King, he has fallen in love with the horses themselves, saying “Horses are unbelievable: Smart, loyal -- and moody, which I can relate to."
5. Of course, Ray’s entire life has not revolved around his career. In February 1997, he married Michelle Grace. The two met at a professional baseball game and they married quickly. They worked together on Rat Pack, playing Frank Sinatra and Judith Campbell Exner. In December of 1998, they welcomed their adorable daughter, Karsen, into the world. Although the couple got divorced in 2004, Ray remains a devoted father to his beloved little girl.