Ray Liotta

Liotta in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Date of Birth: December 18, 1954

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

Date of Death: May 26, 2022

Place of Death: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ethnicity: Scottish, other

Ray Liotta was an American actor and film producer. He starred in the films Something Wild, Dominick and Eugene, Field of Dreams, Goodfellas, Unlawful Entry, Corrina, Corrina; Cop Land, as Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack, Heartbreakers, Blow (2001), Narc, Identity (2003), Smokin’ Aces, Observe and Report, Youth in Revolt, Date Night, The Place Beyond the Pines, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Marriage Story, Hubie Halloween, and Cocaine Bear. He played many Italian-American characters.

At the age of six months, Ray was adopted by Mary (Edgar), a township clerk, and Alfred Liotta, an auto parts storeowner and president of a local Democratic Party club. His adoptive father was the son of Italian emigrants, Frank/Francesco Liotta, from Santa Margherita di Belice, Agrigento, Sicily, and Maryanne/Marianna Crescimanno. His adoptive mother was the daughter of Scottish-born parents, David Edgar and Mary Miller, from Glasgow. Ray was raised in Union, New Jersey.

Ray had stated that he was not of Italian ancestry by birth, though he did have (biological) Scottish roots. He had also specified, “[my birth mother] said she was a mix of something, and when I asked about what my Dad was she wouldn’t even talk about it. It was like it never even happened.” 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 had a daughter with his former wife, actress Michelle Grace. Michelle was the former wife of professional baseball player Mark Grace.

Sources: http://www.smokemag.com

Genealogies of Ray Liotta – https://www.geni.com

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

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


Curious about ethnicity

17 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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