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RAY LIOTTA (Jack) received an Emmy® Award in 2005 for his tour-de-force guest role on the NBC drama "ER,” in what became the most talked about episode of the season.

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 ice-blue eyes have carved a setting among the most diverse actors of the last twenty years with roles both dramatic and comedic, next to and with the top actors and directors in the industry.

Liotta recently completed production on the following films: "Slow Burn,” which 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; "Smokin Aces,” in which he stars opposite Ryan Reynolds and Andy Garcia and the Bruce McCullough-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 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 unique project: in "Dominick and Eugene,” Liotta portrayed a medical student caring for his mentally challenged brother. He followed this with his portrayal of the soulsearching 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,” in which he played opposite his acting heroes, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. His performance as the tortured half-Sicilian, half-Irish Henry Hill did not disappoint. Liotta's widely applauded performance helped garner the film an Academy Award® Best Picture nomination.

With over 25 feature films under his belt, Liotta has shown diversity in his roles, whether it be comedies such as "Corrina, Corrina” and "Heartbreakers” or thrillers like "Hannibal,” "Unlawful Entry” and "No Escape.”

The years 2001-2002 proved to be 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 "Rumor of Angels.” Liotta's additional film credits include "Copland,” "Identity,” "Control” and Guy Ritchie's "Revolver.”

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.

In addition to his very busy film schedule, Liotta has also received acclaim for his work in other mediums. He received a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for his portrayal of Frank Sinatra in HBO's "The Rat Pack,” and he 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.”

In 2004, Liotta made his Broadway debut 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,” where he spent three years before moving to Los Angeles.

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