Thursday brought some unfortunate news regarding an actor from one of the most beloved sports movies of all time. Ray Liotta, who played Shoeless Joe Jackson in the classic baseball movie Field of Dreams, passed away at the age of 67 while filming a new movie in the Dominican Republic.
There is currently no cause of death given for Liotta, who rose to prominence for his performances in Goodfellas. According to TMZ, he passed in his sleep and there is no suspicion of foul play.
Many around the sports world were saddened by this news and took time to remember Liotta for his role in the timeless baseball movie.
Actor Ray Liotta, who has died at the age of 67, starred in many movies over the decades.
But for us, he’ll always be Shoeless Joe from “Field of Dreams.” pic.twitter.com/JWBl79G7Ir
— ESPN (@espn) May 26, 2022
R.I.P. Ray Liotta…phenomenal actor that was in several of some of my favorite movies over the last 30+ years! https://t.co/3q7u9229Yi
— Ian Cameron (@bobano) May 26, 2022
FIELD OF DREAMS. GOODFELLAS. SOMETHING WILD. NARC. COPLAND. KILLING THEM SOFTLY. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. MARRIAGE STORY. NO SUDDEN MOVE. That was Ray Liotta. pic.twitter.com/m2HJtLp6de
— Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews) May 26, 2022
Ray Liotta, the actor who played Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams, has passed away. RIP 🙏pic.twitter.com/HDFfzz3SXL
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 26, 2022
I've probably seen "Goodfellas" more than any other movie and Ray Liotta was simply brilliant as Henry Hill. And of course bringing Shoeless Joe to life in "Field of Dreams." So many others. #RIP https://t.co/ztNh3oB4T3
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) May 26, 2022
Liotta is arguably best known for his role in the 1990 classic mobster movie Goodfellas where he portrayed Henry Hill.
He has also taken part in roles in countless other movies such as Cop Land, Corrina Corrina, Operation Dumbo Drop, Unforgettable, Wild Hogs and Blow.
Field of Dreams was such a beloved classic that Major League Baseball decided to replicate the stadium used in the movie for the “Field of Dreams Game” in 2021 between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees, which was considered a huge success.
This unfortunate news on Thursday will certainly be on the mind of sports fans in August when the 2022 edition of the “Field of Dreams Game” takes place between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.