Ray Liotta

Liotta in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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 has starred in the films Fields of Dreams, Goodfellas, Unlawful Entry, and Identity, among many others. 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, Frank Liotta and Maryanne. His adoptive mother was the daughter of Scottish parents. Her father’s name was James Edgar.

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


Curious about ethnicity

5 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

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

  2. Matt says:

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

  3. ethnic says:

    Jessica thanks for looking it up anyway.


  4. jessica says:

    edit: crap, I guess he’s not

  5. jessica says:

    He’s Italian too.

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