Ray Liotta

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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Curious about ethnicity

6 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    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

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