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Martin Scorsese was “shocked and devastated” by the death of Ray Liotta.

The ‘Many Saints of Newark’ actor died in his sleep at the age of 67 on Thursday (26.05.22) and his ‘Goodfellas’ director paid tribute to the ‘adventurous and brave’ actor as it recalled their time working together on the classic 1990 gangster film.

Martin told People magazine in a statement, “I am absolutely shocked and devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of Ray Liotta. He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so brave as an actor.

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“Playing Henry Hill in ‘Goodfellas’ was a huge challenge, because the character had so many different sides, so many complicated layers, and Ray was in almost every scene of a long and difficult shoot. He absolutely amazed, and I will always be proud of the work we did together in this photo. My heart goes out to his loved ones, and it hurts for his loss, all too soon.

Fellow Goodfellas actors Robert De Niro and Paul Sorvino also paid tribute to Ray.

Robert said: “I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. He is far too young to have left us.”

Paul added: “Ray was a terrific actor and a ‘goodfella’ in the best sense of the word. He was a pleasure to work with and a good friend. I will truly miss him.”

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Alessandro Nivola finds it “a pity” that Ray – who was filming “Dangerous Waters” in the Dominican Republic at the time of his death – died at a time when he was experiencing a “real renaissance” in his career.

He told The Hollywood Reporter of his ‘Many Saints of Newark’ co-star, “In addition to feeling sad that he’s gone, I find it unfortunate that he died when he suddenly had a real rebirth, the opportunity to offer so many great performances again.

“One of the things I took away from my experience on ‘Many Saints’ was how excited he was to be there – and how serious he was about his preparation…

“He’s a very difficult guy to describe in a few words because he contained multitudes. And what made him so exciting as an actor to watch was that he was very unpredictable. I just had to be on my toes because I didn’t know which way it was going.

“He was never boring and definitely had a sense of humor. He was very demanding of himself and others. He had very high standards on acting, on his craft…

“He loved the movie. He received a lot of appreciation for his work, and rightly so. And I even noticed on social media today, people said, “What a great performance to come out.”