Joe Perrino

Actor
Joe Perrino's "discovery" is the fodder on which Hollywood legends are born. Hanging out with his brother on the Bronx street on which they live, he was spotted by a talent scout who set up for an audition for the ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1980 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Before I Disappear 2014 (Movie)

Ellis/Grim Reaper (Actor)

A Walk on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

Ross Epstein (Actor)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

Blade (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Young Shakes (Actor)

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

Thomas Riggio (Actor)

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Joe Perrino's "discovery" is the fodder on which Hollywood legends are born. Hanging out with his brother on the Bronx street on which they live, he was spotted by a talent scout who set up for an audition for the fourteen-year-old with director Barry Levinson. The result was the key role of the young Lorenzo (a.k.a. 'Shakes') in "Sleepers" (1996), which followed the lives of four Hell's Kitchen youths from their petty criminal youth through months in a reformatory in which they were sexually abused to adulthood (where Shakes, now a reporter, was portrayed by Jason Patric). Perrino earned widespread acclaim for his work, which properly combined the street tough attitude of his environment with a naivete of the broader, meaner world. While "Sleepers" was Perrino's first leading role, due to release schedules, his motion picture debut actually came with a small part in "The Juror" (also 1996) in which he was the Mafia grandson brutally murdered during the film's first few minutes.

EDUCATION

attends high school in the Bronx, New York

Milestones

1998

Co-starred in "The Mighty"

1996

Made feature debut in "The Juror"

1996

Breakthrough screen role as the youthful counterpart of Jason Patric in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers"

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