Ray Liotta

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 18, 1954

Ethnicity: Scottish, possibly other

Ray Liotta is an American actor and film producer. He starred in the film 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.

Ray has a daughter with his former wife, actress Michelle Grace. Michelle is the sister of baseball player Mark Grace.

Sources: Alfred Liotta on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Mary Miller Edgar on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant September 3, 2018 at 2:39 am

sadly i have to go to my favorite local pizza restaurant and have to tell the owners that they immediately have to remove the Posters of him and Cristina ricci out of 150 other famous italians and italian americans

he is not of italian descent

Other: English, Irish or welsh but to italian

And it shows how an italian or ethnic name can change direction of career of actors

he played a lot of italians in movies

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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