Ray Liotta died while filming a thriller with Eric Dane in the Dominican Republic

Ray Liotta, 67, died in his sleep this week while filming on location in the Dominican Republic for an upcoming thriller, Dangerous Waters.

Alongside Odeya Rush and Saffron Burrows, the feature film starred Euphoria and Grey’s Anatomy actor Eric Dane.

Her casting was only announced a few weeks ago, in early May.

RIP: Ray Liotta, 67, died in his sleep this week while filming on location in the Dominican Republic for an upcoming thriller, Dangerous Waters

RIP: Ray Liotta, 67, died in his sleep this week while filming on location in the Dominican Republic for an upcoming thriller, Dangerous Waters

Signature Films’ Dangerous Waters, directed by John Barr and written by Mark Jackson, was in the middle of filming when the actor unexpectedly passed away.

The film centers on a runaway sailing vacation that goes haywire when a young girl discovers “the dark past of her mother’s new boyfriend,” according to the synopsis.

Producers are said to have pitched the project to potential buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this month, Deadline reported.

Dangerous Waters was just one of many projects Liotta had on the agenda at the time of his shocking death.

On location: The feature film starred Euphoria and Grey's Anatomy actor Eric Dane alongside Odeya Rush and Saffron Burrows

On location: The feature film starred Euphoria and Grey’s Anatomy actor Eric Dane alongside Odeya Rush and Saffron Burrows

The actor stars in the upcoming television drama Black Bird and has recently completed two films, Cocaine Bear and El Tonto.

Besides Dangerous Waters, Ray had two other films in production: April 29, 1992 and The Substance.

It’s unclear if his role in Dangerous Waters will be recast or if his part of filming has been completed. When his casting was announced earlier this month, filming had already begun.

How and when Liotta died is not yet clear, but there is no suspicion of third-party fault. He is survived by his fiancée Jacy Nittolo and daughter Karsen.

Nittolo, a mother of four to whom he became engaged in December 2020, is said to have been dating the movie star while Dangerous Waters was being taped.

The beloved movie star was honored with tributes, with fellow actors, celebrities and politicians all paying their respects on Thursday afternoon.

Liotta’s sudden death shocked fans as he has enjoyed a major resurgence in recent years, standing alongside up-and-coming actors like Taron Egerton.

But he was perhaps best known for his incredible performance in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas, where he played Henry Hill while Robert De Niro took on the role of Jimmy Conway.

In recent years he has also appeared in The Many Saints of Newark, Marriage Story and No Sudden Move.

The actor last spoke on social media in an Instagram post three weeks ago, in which he teased his new film Cocaine Bear.

He wrote: “Cocaine Bear follows a strange group of cops, criminals, tourists and teenagers who converge in a Georgia forest where a top 500-pound predator has ingested a staggering amount of the white powder and is on a rampage with coke for more punch to make—and blood.”

Liotta was born in New Jersey in 1954 but was abandoned by his mother in an orphanage before being adopted six months later.

He stayed in the state but later moved to New York and then Los Angeles as he followed his dream of acting as he grew up.

The rising star first appeared in 1983’s The Lonely Lady but rose to prominence three years later with the film Something Wild.

Such was his success in the role that he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award at the Golden Globes that year.

But Liotta rose to stardom and became a household name around the world for Goodfellas, in which he played a crook named Henry Hill who took on the Italian-American mafia.

Yet the actor appeared to have shied away from stardom in the 1990s and kept a low profile, but has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.

Tragic: Jacy Nittolo, a mother of four to whom Ray got engaged in December 2020, is said to have been with the movie star while filming Dangerous Waters

Tragic: Jacy Nittolo, a mother of four to whom Ray got engaged in December 2020, is said to have been with the movie star while filming Dangerous Waters

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