Life and career
Raymond Allen Liotta, generally known as Ray Liotta, was born on December 18, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey. He was adopted by Alfred and Mary Liotta when he was just a few months old. The family later grew to include Liotta's sister, Linda, who was also adopted. Liotta was a talented athlete, playing both basketball and soccer in high school.
After graduating from Union High School in 1973, Liotta went to the University of Miami, where he studied acting. Liotta moved to New York after college and was soon spotted by a casting agent. He got a part in a TV commercial, then found work as Joey Perrini on the daytime drama Another World. Liotta appeared on the show from 1978 to 1981.
Liotta was married to actress Michelle Grace from 1997 to 2004. The couple's daughter, Karsen Liotta, was born on December 21, 1998.