Ray Liotta, or Raymond Allen Liotta, was an American producer and an Emmy Award-winning actor. Born on December 18, 1954, he worked in several hit movies and TV shows; like Marriage Story, Kill the Messenger, and Shades of Blue throughout his acting career.
Ray was sixty-seven years old when the world lost him on May 26, 2022, while filming Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic.
In his honor and as a tribute to his splendid career of forty-four years as an actor, some of the best quotes from Ray Liotta’s movies are presented below.
“Sometimes you are flush, and sometimes you are bust, and when you are up, it is never as good as it seems, and when you are down, you never think you will be up again, but life goes on.”
Ray said this quote in the movie Blow (2001) as Fred Jung. After leaving the bank, Fred says the quoted words to George about the fact; that they were bankrupt, but these wise words seem to connect to everyone’s life somehow.
“One day, some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother’s groceries home. Do you know why? It was out of respect.”
The said words may not mean much to some, but the way the importance of small gestures is highlighted is something to ponder upon. The quote is taken from Goodfellas (1990), a crime drama film and one of Ray Liotta’s finest works. He played the role of Henry Hill in the movie; and the words mentioned above were a part of his speech.
“See, your murderers come as your friends, the people who have cared for you all of your life, and they always seem to come when you are at your weakest and most in need of their help.”
Adapted from Wise guys, the movie Goodfellas is full of enlightening speeches and spine-chilling dialogues; like the one said by Henry Hill in the movie. It is not easy being backstabbed by a friend because an individual may forget about the hurt, but they carry the trust issues with them for a longer time. Henry was so used to this and expected the betrayal from his close ones takes us by surprise.
“If you can build it, he will come.”
In 1989, Ray Liotta narrated this line in the movie Field of Dreams. In the movie, Ray Kinsella hears this line repeatedly, like some kind of prophecy. Initially, it does not make much sense, but it brings out a beautiful meaning to Kinsella’s life by the end. He sees the ghost of his dead father and is guided on the right path after being indecisive and confused for a long time. This quote has an important significance in the movie and the lives of other young and aspiring kids.
“As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a gangster.”
Henry Hill said another quote from Goodfellas. One of the main reasons why Herny went on to become a loved character was because of his honesty. He had seen the world, and he knew how it worked.