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Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci has created memorable characters, both dramatic and comedic, onscreen. He received an Academy Award in 1991 as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tommy DeVito in GoodFellas and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1981 for his role as Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull. GoodFellas also won Pesci a Golden Globe nomination and honors from the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Society. He was honored with awards from the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and the American Film Society for his work in Raging Bull.

Some of his indelible comedic roles include the fast-talking mob accountant-turned real-estate salesman-now-turned private investigator in three of the Lethal Weapon movies; one of a team of inept burglars in Home Alone and Home Alone II; and a questionable New York lawyer practicing his peculiarly successful style of law in My Cousin Vinny. In 1997 Pesci teamed with Danny Glover in the comedy Gone Fishin'.

Following his breakout role in Raging Bull, Pesci appeared in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, Eureka and Easy Money. He teamed again with Raging Bull star Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America (1983) and appeared in De Niro's directorial debut, A Bronx Tale; the two later starred for Martin Scorsese in Casino.

Pesci's other screen credits include With Honors, Jimmy Hollywood, David Ferrie in Oliver Stone's JFK, The Super and The Public Eye, in which Pesci starred as a character based on the photographer Weegee. Most recently he appeared in the comedy Eight Heads in a Duffle Bag.

The Newark, New Jersey native made his film debut in the 1975 film Death Collector.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Joe Pesci Facts

Birth Name Joseph Pesci
OccupationActor
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1943 (74)
SignAquarius
BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Joe Pesci compared to you?
Awards1991 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for GoodFellas)

Selected Filmography

Home Alone
My Cousin Vinny
GoodFellas
A Bronx Tale
Rocky
The Good Shepherd
Casino
Goodfellas 25th Anniversary ? Movie
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