- Ray Liotta was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony on Friday.
- His daughter Karsen gave a touching speech that included a letter from director Martin Scorsese.
- Elizabeth Banks, who directed Liotta in “Cocaine Bear,” and actor Taron Egerton were also there.
Ray Liotta’s daughter Karsen spoke about her late father during his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on Friday.
The actor, who died suddenly in May 2022 at 67, was honored at the ceremony not only by his daughter, but by actor Taron Egerton and director Elizabeth Banks as well.
Karsen began her speech by reading a letter from director Martin Scorsese, who worked with Liotta in the 1990 film “Goodfellas.”
“After ‘Goodfellas,’ I always expected that I would work with Ray again. I always thought that he would be there. I still find myself thinking, ‘When will Ray and I make another picture?’ and then I remember he’s gone far too soon,” Scorsese wrote in the letter read by Karsen.
She then shared her feelings about her father.
“He was a one of a kind actor and the best friend, brother, and father anyone could have asked for. I lucked out with you,” Karsen said.
Karsen, who is also an actor, worked alongside her dad on the 2016 police drama “Shades of Blue.”
She concluded her speech by saying: “If you have a Ray in your life, you’re lucky. I love you so much. Thank you for your work and the imprint you left on me and all of those who love you. Everyone deserves a Ray in their life.”
Banks, who directed one of Liotta’s final projects, “Cocaine Bear,” also spoke about the actor during the event.
“When any actor of Ray’s caliber puts trust in you as a director, it’s a gift. But Ray gave me so much more,” Banks said. “Ray’s respect for me as a director, as his boss on set, meant everything to me because if you can direct Henry Hill, you can do fucking anything in this town.”
Elizabeth Banks, Karsen Liotta, and Taron Egerton at the ceremony.
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According to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Liotta’s star is the 2,749th star to be added.
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