Actor Ray Liotta died on Thursday (May 26) at the age of 67. Liotta was most famous for playing Henry Hill in 1990’s Goodfellas, though many people also knew him from his role in 1989’s Field of Dreams.
Field of Dreams was one of Liotta’s earliest projects. He played Shoeless Joe Jackson alongside Kevin Costner, who played Ray Kinsella.
Liotta reflected on his role in Field of Dreams in a post to his official Facebook page in 2016. He said:
“Great time. Great movie. I knew Kevin before we did this because we and a bunch of other actors, Andy Garcia, Steven Bauer, David Caruso, we all knew each other and would play paddle tennis and just hang. Before any of us had a job. We were a bunch of wannabes.”
When news broke about Liotta’s death, Costner was understandably shaken. He reacted to the news on social media:
“Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s passing,” Costner wrote. “While he leaves an incredible legacy, he’ll always be ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in my heart. What happened that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray.“
Costner shared a clip containing one of Liotta’s most memorable scenes from Field of Dreams. You can watch the scene below.
Our hearts go out to Liotta’s loved ones during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.