Ray Liotta: How Much Is the ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Shades of Blue’ Star Worth?

There are times when actor really gets on a roll, and some of it has to do with luck. That could explain how Field of Dreams, an odd film by any standard, became such a phenomenon.

In that 1989 picture, Ray Liotta played “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, the star hitter banned from baseball for his part in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. But it was his role in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas the following year that made Liotta famous.

As narrator and star Henry Hill, Liotta serves as the focal point in a film that featured brilliant performances from Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco as Hill’s wife Karen (not to mention Liotta). The six Oscar nominations and massive box office receipts made it a cultural phenomenon.

But that was only the beginning of a career that’s included over 100 acting credits for Liotta. Here’s a look back at his best work and the 64-year-old actor’s estimated net worth.

From ‘Something Wild’ to ‘Shades of Blue’

Ray Liotta, Jennifer Lopez, and Drea de Matteo attend the Shades of Blue Television Academy Event, in North Hollywood, California, on June 9, 2016. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

While Liotta in effect became a household name following the release of Goodfellas, he had electrified movie fans with his performance in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild (1986) several years earlier. His turn as an ex-con in a convertible earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

After Goodfellas, roles in Copland (1997), Blow (2001), and Hannibal (2001) established Liotta as a character actor a certain type of film needed. But his versatility over the years has been his greatest strength as an actor. There’s no role he doesn’t come prepared for.

That would explain his appearances in everything from Wild Hogs to an episode of Modern Family. In 2016, he landed the lead role alongside Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue on NBC. That show ran for three seasons before concluding in 2018.

Meanwhile, Liotta’s distinctive voice has kept him busy in animated features and video games as well. (He’s also lent his voice to The Simpsons, the Scorsese of animated TV.)

That steady workload has allowed Liotta to amass quite a fortune over the years in the business.

Liotta’s net worth estimated at $15-18 million

Liotta and Lorraine Bracco in ‘Goodfellas’ | Warner Bros. Entertainment

At the start of the decade, Celebrity Net Worth estimated Liotta’s net worth at $14 million. Since then, the always-working actor has logged over 20 credits, including turns in a Muppets movie and Sin City. As of 2019, his net worth almost certainly exceeds $15 million, and could have risen higher.

Many actors in the business would hardly have the time or stamina to appear in nine projects in a single year (as he did in 2014). But that isn’t out of the ordinary for Liotta. His gig on Shades of Blue was probably a welcome change due to its steadiness (and good, steady pay).

Now that the J-Lo show is done, Liotta has gotten back to film work. He’s worked on two very intriguing projects that should come out in 2019. One is a Noah Baumbach movie that’s already wrapped.

The second is El Tonto, a film by Charlie Day that features Adrien Brody, Edie Falco, Ken Jeong, Jason Sudekis, and more in what looks like the ensemble cast of the year. Even with everyone else alongside him, Liotta won’t have any trouble standing out on the screen.

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