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There are certain actors whose eyes inhabit the character they are portraying with such simple conviction and authority that it's easy to forget that they're acting in the first place. RAY LIOTTA's (Agent Donald Carruthers) ice-blue eyes have carved a setting among the most diverse actors of the last 20 years, with roles both dramatic and comedic, next to and with the top actors and directors in the industry.

In November 2004, Liotta's tour-de-force guest role on the NBC drama ER ignited ratings for the series, in the most talked about episode of the season. In September 2005, he received an Emmy Award for his performance.

In addition to Smokin' Aces, Liotta recently completed production on the following films: Slow Burn, which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was produced by Fisher Stevens; the Mark Rydell-directed drama Even Money, which costars Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger; and the Bruce McCulloch-directed comedy, Comeback Season, in which he plays Walter Pearce, a married man who after cheating on his wife moves in next door with the local high-school football star. In a bit of a change of pace, Liotta also recently completed production on the fantasy film, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, opposite Jason Statham and John Rhys-Davies.

A Golden Globe-nominated performance in Jonathan Demme's edgy Something Wild began the ascent for Liotta. Deluged afterwards with tough-guy movie role offers, Liotta waited until he found a project that was more unique. In Dominick and Eugene, Liotta portrayed a medical student caring for his mentally challenged brother. He followed this up with his portrayal of the soul-searching ghost Shoeless Joe Jackson, in the Academy Award®-nominated Field of Dreams.

Perhaps the film that brought Liotta his most widespread acclaim is Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. Liotta was playing at the same level as his acting heroes, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and his performance as the tortured half-Sicilian, half-Irish Henry Hill did not disappoint. Liotta's widely applauded performance helped garner the film a Best Picture nomination for the Academy Awards® and solidified Liotta's status as an actor which with to contend.

Now, with over 25 feature films under his belt, Liotta has shown diversity in his roles—whether it be with comedies such as Corrina, Corrina and Heartbreakers to thrillers like Hannibal, Unlawful Entry and No Escape. Now, Liotta is adding a new skill to his resume: that of producer. In 2002, he produced Narc, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and was later released by Paramount. Liotta was nominated for an IFP Award for Best Actor for his performance.

2001-2002 proved to be one of Liotta's busiest periods to date. He starred in Ridley Scott's worldwide box-office hit Hannibal, Ted Demme's Blow, Heartbreakers, John Q and A Rumor of Angels. Liotta's additional film credits include Cop Land, Identity, Control and Guy Ritchie's Revolver.

In addition to his very busy film schedule, Liotta has also received acclaim for his work in other mediums. His portrayal of Frank Sinatra in HBO's The Rat Pack garnered Liotta a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He has also appeared as himself on NBC's Just Shoot Me! In the video-game world, he voiced the main character, Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto.

Liotta made his Broadway debut in spring 2004 opposite Frank Langella, in Stephen Belber's Match, for which he received a Distinguished Performance honor at the 70th Annual Drama League Awards.

The New Jersey native began acting while a student at the University of Miami. Liotta credits working on the stage and in musicals with helping to shape him as a performer. He began his career on NBC's daytime series, Another World, on which he spent three years before moving to Los Angele

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