The late Hollywood Actor, Ray Liotta will be honored in his hometown of Union Township, New Jersey
The actor who was engaged to be married to Jacy Nittolo and daughter karsen, died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, on Thursday,May 26, he had been shooting the film Dangerous Watering in the Dominican Republic when he passed
Officials in Union Township are considering naming a youth baseball field in honor of his performance as Shoe less Joe Jackson in the 1989 Classic Field of Dreams
The actor, best known for his roles in Field of Dreams and as Henry Hill in 1990’s Goodfellas, was lauded by local officials in the wake of his passing Thursday.
According to Mayor Manuel Figueiredo he said, plans are being made to honor the actor who died last week at the age of 67 and plans will not be finalized until the Liotta’s family has had time to grieve his passing
He had those two films back-to-back, early in his career — that’s a good double count,” Steven Gorelick, executive director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, told NorthJersey.com after his death.
Gorelick said Liotta’s death hit him with “the same force it did when James Gandolfini died,” referring to the late Sopranos actor, who died in June 2013 at the age of 51. “Both Jersey boys through and through.”
Gorelick noted that Liotta’s iconic sequence in Goodfellas was filmed in state the day before Hill was arrested.
“Those scenes where he was driving around in a cocaine-laced state, that was filmed in Fort Lee,” he said.
‘’there are many legendary New Jersey actors, but he was one of the greatest and most popular” and “always spoke about his Jersey roots and never strayed far from them.”
He added, “Even a lot of the characters he played had a lot of Jersey in it,” noting Liotta’s portrayal of Frank Sinatra in the 1998 HBO film The Rat Pack.
“You can’t get any more jersey than that,” he said.
The organization’s president, Steven Edwards, said “it was a punch in the gut” when he learned of the actor’s death.
“Ray was too young to lose him like that,” Edwards said. “My heart goes out to his sister Linda, his fiancée Jacy and his beloved daughter Karsen.”