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Ray Liotta - Photo courtesy of Andrea Raffin on Shutterstock

Actor Ray Liotta, best known for his leading role in Martin Scorsese’s mob classic “Goodfellas,” died in his sleep Thursday while filming a movie in the Dominican Republic.

According to reports by Deadline and TMZ, Liotta was filming a movie titled “Dangerous Waters.” TMZ reported there was nothing suspicious regarding his death.

Liotta was 67.

A New Jersey native, Liotta rose to stardom in the 1980s, appearing in the films “Something Wild” and “Dominick and Eugene” before portraying Shoeless Joe Jackson in Kevin Costner’s cult-hit baseball fable “Field of Dreams.”

He became a superstar the following year with the release of “Goodfellas,” in which he portrayed mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill in a film that featured a who’s who of Hollywood greats, including Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.

He went on to appear in films including “Identity,” “Cop Land,” “Hannibal,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “Wild Hogs,” “Killing Them Softly,” “The Many Saints of Newark” and “No Sudden Move.”

He recently wrapped filming of the thriller “Cocaine Bear,” directed by Elizabeth Banks.

Liotta also appeared on the small screen, most recently in Apple TV+’s “Black Bird,” but also in shows such as “Shades of Blue,” “Hanna,” “Young Sheldon,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Texas Rising.”

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