Ray Liotta

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Date of Birth: December 18, 1954

Ethnicity: Scottish, possibly other

Ray Liotta is an American actor and producer. He starred in the movie Goodfellas. He sometimes plays Italian-American characters.

At the age of six months, Ray was adopted by Mary Miller (Edgar) and Alfred Liotta. His adoptive father was the son of Italian immigrants, and his adoptive mother was the daughter of Scottish parents. Ray has stated that he is not of Italian ancestry by birth, though he does have (biological) Scottish roots. Ray’s given name is sometimes listed as “Raymond Julian Vicimarli”, although this is not accurate.

In 2014, Ray was also asked about his ancestry on Reddit:

Redditor: I read that you don’t have any Italian in you, but regardless I consider you more Italian than many of my friends who are 100% Italian. How does it feel to be the most Italian non-Italian on the planet?

Ray: It feels great, thanks for noticing.

Sources: Ray’s adoptive father, Alfred Liotta, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ray’s adoptive mother, Mary Miller Edgar, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

cwm85 September 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Not surprised he’s not Italian. Hey Marlon Brando wasn’t Italian either, that shocked me.

Matt March 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Apparently his father was most likely Italian, his mother wasn’t tho.

ethnic September 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Jessica thanks for looking it up anyway.


jessica September 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

edit: crap, I guess he’s not

jessica September 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

He’s Italian too.

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