Joe Pesci

Actor, Singer, Comic
After years of struggling as a professional musician and comedy performer, actor Joe Pesci was vaulted into the limelight thanks to his Academy Award-nominated performance in director Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" ... Read more »
Born: 02/09/1943 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

Charlie Botempo (Actor)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Joseph Palmi (Actor)

A Galaxy Far, Far Away 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Jimmy Scott 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

Leo Getz (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

8 Heads in A Duffel Bag 1997 (Movie)

Tommy Spinelli (Actor)

Canned Ham: 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gone Fishin' 1997 (Movie)

Joe Waters (Actor)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Nicky Santoro (Actor)

Jimmy Hollywood 1994 (Movie)

Jimmy Alto (Actor)

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

Simon Wilder (Actor)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

Carmine (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Academy of Country Music's Greatest Hits 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

Leo Getz (Actor)

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

Vincent LaGuardia Gambino (Actor)

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Public Eye 1992 (Movie)

Leonard "The Great Bernzini" Bernstein (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

David Ferrie (Actor)

The Super 1991 (Movie)

Louie Kritski (Actor)

Backtrack 1990 (Movie)

(uncredited) Leo Carelli (Actor)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Oscar Henner (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Tommy DeVito (Actor)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

Leo Getz (Actor)

Moonwalker 1988 (Movie)

Mr Big (Actor)

Man on Fire 1987 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Half-Nelson 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Eureka 1984 (Movie)

Mayakofsky (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

Frankie Monaldi (Actor)

Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

Nicky Cerone (Actor)

Tutti Dentro 1983 (Movie)

Corrado Emilio Parisi (Actor)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Dear Mr. Wonderful 1981 (Movie)

Ruby Dennis (Actor)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

Joey LaMotta (Actor)

Death Collector 1975 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

The Irishman (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (2)

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

("Charlie's Song (Papa's Gonna Shoe)") (Song Performer)

Dear Mr. Wonderful 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

Biography

After years of struggling as a professional musician and comedy performer, actor Joe Pesci was vaulted into the limelight thanks to his Academy Award-nominated performance in director Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" (1980), starring Oscar-winner Robert De Niro. The film marked the first of several successful collaborations between Pesci, De Niro and Scorsese over the years. Though he settled into a few rather forgettable roles following his initial triumph, Pesci re-emerged later in the decade with several unforgettable performances, starting with his comic turn as mob accountant-turned-state's witness Leo Getz in "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989), a role he reprised for the third and fourth installments to the franchise. But it was his portrayal of an uncontrollably violent mobster rising up the ranks in Scorsese's brilliant crime saga, "Goodfellas" (1990) that it became his defining role. So good was Pesci that he even eclipsed De Niro in critical plaudits and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Pesci next rose above a large ensemble cast to play alleged assassination conspirator David Ferrie in Oliver Stone's "JFK" (1991), which he followed with a rare starring turn in "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). Following another collaboration with De Niro and Scorsese in "Casino" (1995), he stumbled with such duds as "Gone Fishin'" (1997) and "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag" (1997), which precipitated a surprise retirement from acting in 1999 in order for him to concentrate on music. With a cameo in De Niro's "The Good Shepherd" (2006) and a starring role in "Love Ranch" (2010), Pesci was poised to once again rise to Hollywood prominence.

Relationships

Mary Pesci

Mother

Christina Busin

Companion
Denied reports they planned to wed, although he admitted they had briefly dated

Angie Everhart Actor

Companion
Rumored to be engaged summer 2007

Martha Haro

Wife
Third wife born c. 1967 met at an Easter brunch c. 1988 married in 1989 divorced in 1992 later married actor-stuntman Garrett Warren and had a daughter in May 2000, in midst of a custody dispute, Warren was shot in a gangland style attack at the time, Haro was again living with Pesci

Angelo Pesci

Father
Held three jobs as a forklift driver for General Motors, at night for Anheuser-Busch, and as a bartender, to pay for son's acting, tap dancing, singing and guitar lessons

Tiffany Pesci

Daughter
Mother is Pesci's first wife

Louise Pesci

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

Attended school in Belleville, NJ

1970
Audited acting classes taught in Los Angeles by Michael V Gazzo

Studied at Lady Marie Mosier's School of Everything from age four

Never completed high school

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1987

Milestones

2010

Co-starred opposite Helen Mirren in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada

2006

Returned to acting with a cameo in De Niro's "The Good Shepherd"

1999

Announced retirement from acting

1998

Released an album, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, which spawned the single "Wise Guy"

1998

Reprised role of Leo Getz for "Lethal Weapon 4"

1997

Co-starred with Danny Glover in the comedy "Gone Fishin"

1995

Again reunited with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro for "Casino"

1994

Co-starred with Brendan Fraser in "With Honors"

1993

Co-starred in the drama "A Bronx Tale" with Chazz Palminteri and Robert De Niro who also directed

1992

Played Brooklyn Lawyer Vincent Gambini in the comedy "My Cousin Vinny" also starring Marisa Tomei

1992

Reprised the role of Leo Getz for "Lethal Weapon 3"

1991

Starred in Oliver Stone's controversal film "JFK"

1991

First Hollywood starring role, "The Super"

1990

Reunited with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro to star in "Goodfellas"

1990

Starred opposite Macaulay Culkin in the comedy "Home Alone"

1989

Cast as Leo Getz in "Lethal Weapon 2" starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover

1985

Starred as a private investigator in his own short-lived TV series, "Half-Nelson"

1982

First feature starring role, "Dear Mr. Wonderful" a German production directed by Peter Lilienthal

1978

Was managing a restaurant in the Bronx when called by Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese who had seen his work in "Death Collector" to play Jake LaMotta's brother in "Raging Bull"

1976

Moved to L.A.; held a variety of odd jobs as a barber, a postal clerk, a produce manager in a grocery story, a delivery boy, a letter carrier and drove a pickup truck (date approximate)

1975

Film acting debut (also co-wrote) in "Death Collector," a low budget gangster yarn

1961

First film appearance as an extra in Joey Dee film, "Hey, Let's Twist!"

1950

Became a regular on TV's "Star Time" (Dumont) doing impersonations and singing

Featured with Frank Vincent in short-lived Broadway show, "The New Vaudevillians" (closed after one week)

Teamed with partner Frank Vincent (who later played a mafioso in "Raging Bull" and Billy Batts in "GoodFellas") in a nightclub act that played the Jersey shore in late 1960s and early 1970s

Appeared in Broadway musicals and Eddie Dowling plays from age five

Appeared in regional theater

Worked as a nightclub singer in the 1960s; cut a few records including an album "Little Joe Sure Can Sing" under the name of Joe Ritchie; played guitar in a road band for Joey Dee and the Starliters while in his early twenties

Raised in the Bronx

Bonus Trivia

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There is an official website at www.joe-pesci.com

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