Ray Liotta only decided to start acting so he wouldn't have to study history or math.

The legendary actor - who is most famous for his role as Henry Hill in 'Goodfellas' - revealed he never wanted to be an actor and only took up drama so he could get out of learning the dreaded subjects.

He said: ''I saw this girl in line for drama. I knew if you took drama you didn't have to do history and math, so I got in line. We got talking and she said, 'Are you going out for the play?' I said, 'No.' She said, 'What are you in this line for? It's all about doing plays.'

''I had done a drama class in high school, just messing around, and I hated it.''

The 57-year-old star admitted he only decided to audition for his first acting role - as Joey Perrini in TV soap 'Another World' - because his dad forced him to do it.

He told Empire magazine: ''I was like, 'No way I'm gonna do a soap, are you kidding?' I wanted to do movies. But my dad, being a Depression baby, said, 'You gotta do it; it's a living.' So I auditioned, I got the part and it turned out to be a great experience.''