Lopez and Liotta starred on the police drama series, which aired on NBC from 2016-2018. Lopez played Detective Harlee Santos and Liotta portrayed her colleague Lt. Matt Wozniak.
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“Ray was my partner in crime on Shades of Blue … the first thing that comes to mind is he so was kind to my children,” she wrote on Instagram. “Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside … I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella.”
Her post, in which she also shared a slideshow of photos of the two, continued: ‘Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside … I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella.”
“We shared some intense moments on set those three years!” Lopez added. “When I first heard he took the job on Shades of Blue I was thrilled, and the first time we walked on set to do our first scene together there was an electric spark and a mutual respect and we both knew this was going to be good.
We enjoyed doing our scenes together and I felt lucky to have him there to work with and learn from,” Like all artists he was complicated, sincere, honest and so very emotional. Like a raw nerve, he was so accessible and so in touch in his acting and I will always remember our time together fondly.”
In closing, Lopez wrote, “We lost a great today … RIP RAY … it’s so sad to lose you what seems way to soon … I will remember you always. Sending so much love and strength to your daughter Karsen, your family and all your loved ones.”
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