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What The Cast Of Goodfellas Looks Like Today

Documenting the rise and fall of Henry Hill and his mob affiliations, Martin Scorsese's crime-classic Goodfellas has aged as beautifully as a fine Italian wine. Featuring a star-studded cast of real New Yorkers, Italian-Americans, and mobster lookalikes, both the film and cast were nominated for a whole slew of major awards, and took home a lot of hardware when it was all said and done. Being nearly three decades old, most of the cast has moved on to bigger—though not always necessarily better—things, and you've likely seen most of the mobsters in films and all over television, since. Here's what the cast of Goodfellas looks like now, as well as what the wise guys are up to.

Robert De Niro - James Conway

A staple and living legend of the film industry, Robert De Niro's critical role as half-Italian, half-Irishman James Conway in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is merely another highlight on the actor, producer, and director's extensive highlight reel.

De Niro has most notably won Academy Awards for his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II and Jake LaMotta in fellow Scorsese flick Raging Bull—the latter nabbing him the coveted Best Actor award, in addition to being named the Golden Globe's Best Actor. Other noteworthy films for which he was nominated for various awards include Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, Cape Fear, The King of Comedy, New York, New York, Midnight Run, Cape Fear, Analyze This, Meet the Parents, Silver Linings Playbook and, of course, Goodfellas. Jimmy Conway might not be able to be "made" in Goodfellas, but the actor behind the killer has been a boss in the film industry for a long time.

These days—in addition to calling President Trump's America a "tragic, dumbass comedy" in a Brown University commencement speech—the Italian-American is involved in the anti-vaccination conversation after supporting the screening of prominent anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield's film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe at New York's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, which De Niro co-founded.

Ray Liotta - Henry Hill

Ray Liotta was probably most well-known for his role as nobody-to-somebody mobster Henry Hill in Scorsese's famous mafia film Goodfellas, but the easily-recognizable actor also held claim to a handful of other memorable characters.

In addition to ratting out everyone and entering witness protection at the end of Goodfellas, the American actor also played famous baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in the previous year's Field of Dreams, as well as Ray Sinclair in 1986's Something Wild, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Having a penchant for portraying organized criminals, Liotta also famously played one of the most-popular and most well-known video game characters of all time—Tommy Vercetti in uber-popular Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Essentially, Liotta was the kind of actor who best portrayed individuals who take what they want, when they want it—and he built a career around that very fact.

From the early-1990s until his death in May of 2022, Liotta appeared in a whole boatload of films, including Unlawful Entry, Blow, Narc, No Escape, Wild Hogs, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Recently, fans of the tough guy likely heard him narrating The Making of the Mob or seen him co-starring with Jennifer Lopez in Shades of Blue.

Joe Pesci - Tommy DeVito

When it comes to actors who have been largely and successfully type-cast, Joe Pesci wrote the book.

The American actor is best known for a trio of supporting roles, alongside fellow Goodfellas star Robert De Niro—the first being Raging Bull, for which Pesci was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. The second film, Goodfellas, successfully landed the loud-mouthed actor the Academy Award for which he was previously nominated, in addition to a slew of other awards and nominations, before Pesci gave one of the shortest acceptance speeches in history. His role in Casino was significantly less recognized, but memorable nonetheless. Outside of those three films, Pesci has appeared in other well-known films, including his role as one half of "The Wet Bandits" in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and as Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, and Lethal Weapon 4.

Pesci hasn't been particularly active since 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, but the boisterous actor with the recognizable voice is set to reunite with De Niro and Al Pacino in Scorsese's The Irishman, which has been picked up by Netflix.

Lorraine Bracco - Karen Hill

Known for playing Karen, Henry Hill's partner-in-crime and wife in Goodfellas, Lorraine Bracco is no stranger to mob films.

Her role as Dr. Jennifer Melfi in HBO's famous and long-running series The Sopranos is easily her most well-known role, earning her several major award nominations—including multiple Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Bracco did actually win a pair of Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance in by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, but she never took home any particularly noteworthy solo trophies. She was, however, nominated for a pair of Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actress, for her roles in Medicine Man and Traces of Red—though that's something actors tend not to brag about.

Most recently, Bracco starred as Angela Rizzoli in Rizzoli & Isles, and has lent her voice-acting talent to the adult animated-sitcom BoJack Horseman.

Paul Sorvino - Paul Cicero

The actor behind Paul "Paulie" Cicero in Scorsese's Goodfellas certainly cuts a powerful figure—hence why he's most well-known for playing high-ranking men on both sides of the legal fence.

Sorvino's filmography is extensive, with most roles centered around tracking down or orchestrating organized crime. In Goodfellas, Paulie is a "made" man—meaning he's a boss, it's strictly forbidden that he ever be whacked, and everyone else must give him a cut of their dirty money. Sorvino's other famous role—playing Sgt. Phil Cerreta on famous crime drama Law & Order—places him firmly on the other side of the law, making the big Brooklyn native an expert in all things dirty, clean, and everything in between.

Outside of the screen, Sorvino has been involved in legal controversy of his own. In 2006, Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania invested half a million dollars into Sorvino's film The Trouble with Cali, on the basis that the film would contribute to "the economic benefit of the area." The movie took longer than expected to show up, and a swarm of negative publicity did nothing to help the film you've probably never heard of gain traction. The sketchy mess certainly didn't help get Lackawanna County commissioner Robert Cordaro out of an 11-year sentence on public corruption charges. Who would've thought that public funds and private films would be a recipe for disaster?

Frank Sivero - Frankie Carbone

Frank Sivero is really only known for two Hollywood roles—both of which are relatively similar. 

The first role the Italian-born actor is most readily recognized for is that of Genco Abbandando in Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather Part II—which parallels his role as mafia-man Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas. Though Sivero doesn't have much else to claim for his fame, he has appeared in a variety of movies—including Little Nicky and The Wedding Singer—though nothing particularly memorable or noteworthy.

Sivero hasn't been seen much in recent years, though he made some headlines when he filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios—claiming a character named "Louie" in The Simpsons ripped off his likeness, citing similarities in the animated mobster's hair and sideburns. Though adamant that Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks intentionally modeled Louie after himself—as the two allegedly discussed the creation of the character together—Sivero's lawsuit was ultimately dismissed, with the presiding judge asking, "If I was a teenage girl and I had a crush on your client, would I be satisfied with a pin-up of the character Louie?" The short answer? Not likely.

Sivero also spent a few days in jail in 2014 for carrying a gun, but maybe he was just method acting?

Mike Starr - Frenchy

Nobody—and we mean nobody—plays the New York thug quite as well as Mike Starr. 

A native of Queens, New York, Starr still cuts an imposing figure, standing well over six feet tall and dwarfing the rest of the Goodfellas cast. In addition to the Scorsese crime classic, Starr has starred in some other notable films, including The Bodyguard, Ed Wood, Miller's Crossing, Jersey Girl, The Ice Harvest, and—perhaps most widely known—Dumb and Dumber, in which he experiences death by hot pepper and rat poison, after enduring the most annoying sound in the world and a Mexican family sing-along. Mock. Si! Ing. Si! Bird. Si!

Starr is still popping up all over the place, including recent roles in Dancer and the Dame and Bad Santa 2, and regularly making cameo appearances in a variety of television shows—such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bilbainadas, and Public Morals.

Debi Mazar - Sandy

Like the vast majority of Goodfellas cast members, actress Debi Mazar is an expert at giving off an authentic New York attitude.

A Queens native like Starr, Mazar's career has been primarily comprised of Jersey-girl type roles. Playing a coke-head supporting role in Goodfellas was one of her first gigs and, since then, she's appeared in The Doors, Singles, Malcolm X, Batman Forever, Empire Records, A Beautiful Life, and many other noteworthy films. The actress is probably best known, however, for her more recent roles as Shauna in Entourage and Maggie in the TV series Younger.

Fans of the actress can follow her on Twitter, where she maintains an active social-media presence as the easy-to-remember @debimazar. Or check out episodes her Cooking Channel show called Extra Virgin.

Kevin Corrigan - Michael Hill

Bronx-native Kevin Corrigan might have one of the most distinctly recognizable faces from the entire Goodfellas cast—though you'd be forgiven for having difficulty placing exactly where you recognize the actor from. 

Playing the baby-faced little brother to main-character Henry Hill, Corrigan's supporting role in Goodfellas was one of his very first. Since then, the actor has played supporting roles in what seems like every television show and movie to come out since Scorsese's classic—usually as a sketchy kind of guy. He played a jerk in Detroit Rock City, Cousin Sean in The Departed, the headbutting Mark in Superbad, and Budlofsky in Pineapple Express. Corrigan also played the super-sketchy fake-ID maker in Freaks & Geeks, Mike 'Zloz' Zlozowski in Californication, Professor Sean Garrity in Community, Agent Bob Kirkland in The Mentalist and—most recently—Jackie Moreno in The Get Down. In short, Corrigan is everywhere.

Expect to keep seeing the actor with a face made for TV to show up on your favorite shows for years to come.

Michael Imperioli - Spider

Michael Imperioli only appears in Goodfellas for an unfortunate few minutes, but the early role helped launch the New Yorker into an award-winning career. 

After telling the moderately psychopathic Tommy DeVito to "go [expletive deleted] himself," Imperioli's character ends up with more than just a bullet in the foot—putting an end to his short-lived Goodfellas screen time. Not too long afterward, Imperioli landed the role that will undoubtedly be his claim to fame for the rest of his acting career. Playing Christopher Moltisanti in HBO's award-winning crime series The Sopranos, the actor received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004, in addition to a pair of Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. 

Most recently, the award-winning actor has played Rick Rath in Californication, Lex in Mad Dogs, and appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, and Lucifer.

Frank Vincent - Billy Batts

Frank Vincent was yet another Goodfellas cast member well-known for taking on important mafia-related roles. 

Most notably, he played crime boss Phil Leotardo in HBO's long-running mafia series The Sopranos. In addition to that primetime role, Vincent was a longtime favorite of Scorsese's, appearing—along with Joe Pesci—in Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino. Outside of being one of Scorsese's henchmen, the American actor was a don of playing dons, having assumed roles as Don Mario Romano in Street Hunter, Don Salvatore Leone in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and a whole slew of other appropriately mafia-sounding characters—such Dino "The Rat" Ferrera in television show NYPD Blue.

In September 2017, Vincent sadly passed away after suffering from a heart attack and complications with subsequent open-heart surgery. He was 80.