Nicholas Pileggi

Journalist, Author, Screenwriter
The career of journalist, author, screenwriter and fledgling producer Nicholas Pileggi gives lie to the adage that "crime does not pay". The New York City native has devoted himself to covering crime, criminals and law ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1933 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (7)

Vegas 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Father Hood 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kings of South Beach (TV Show)

Producer

Vendetta (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (5)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

("Casino") (Book as Source Material)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

("Wiseguy") (Book as Source Material)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (3)

Toots 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The career of journalist, author, screenwriter and fledgling producer Nicholas Pileggi gives lie to the adage that "crime does not pay". The New York City native has devoted himself to covering crime, criminals and law enforcement ever since 1956 when he was promoted from "go-fer" to reporter at the Associated Press. Assigned to the Police Headquarters, Pileggi began cultivating the connections that would serve him well for decades. He became the "crime expert" for NEW YORK magazine in 1968 and was still serving in this capacity in 1986 when he wrote "Wiseguy", an acclaimed nonfiction account of the lives of low-level organized crime figures. Pileggi procured tales of sometimes charismatic miscreants and their dark yet flashy deeds and sold them to the likes of ESQUIRE and LIFE before entering the movies at a very high level: co-writing "GoodFellas" (1990), the film adaptation of "Wiseguy", with lionized director Martin Scorsese. The pair earned healthy grosses, kudos and an Oscar nomination for their efforts.

Relationships

Nora Ephron Actor

Wife
Married March 28, 1987 until her death June 26, 2012

EDUCATION

Long Island University

Brooklyn , New York

attended NYC public schools

Milestones

1995

Reunited with Scorsese to script the feature "Casino"; published nonfiction hardcover "Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas" nearly simultaneously with the release of the (slightly) fictionalized film

1994

TV producing debut, executive produced "Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob", a two-part documentary on Fox (also wrote)

1993

Feature producing debut, served as producer on "Father Hood", a failed family comedy-drama starring Patrick Swayze

1990

Feature debut, co-scripted (with director Martin Scorsese) "GoodFellas", adapted from his book "Wiseguy"

1989

Began research for "Casino", a nonfiction account of the rise and fall of a Chicago bookie in Las Vegas

1986

Published "Wiseguy", a nonfiction account of low-level organized crime figures

1968

Became the crime expert for NEW YORK magazine

1956

Worked at the Associated Press as a reporter; covered police headquarters and criminal activities throughout NYC

Ran errands at the Associated Press in NYC

Served as a contributing editor to NEW YORK magazine

Working as a freelance writer, published pieces in ESQUIRE, LIFE and NEW YORK magazine

Served as executive producer of the CBS drama series "Michael Hayes"

Wrote and hosted "An Essay on the Mafia" for CBS-TV

Published first book, "Blye, Private Eye", a profile of professional private investigator Irwin Blye

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