Growing up in Manhattan, Pesce's interest in film began when he was very young. But it wasn't until friend and actor Joe Spinell encouraged him to attend an open call for Italian actors, that he became serious about the profession. This audition led to a one-line speaking role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II.
Shortly thereafter, Pesce moved to California. He has appeared in a number of films, including Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Top Gun, Flashdance, Tilt, Paradise Alley, Killer Fish, Fingers, Maniac, Defiance, American Gigolo, Vigilante, Eureka, Young Doctors In Love, Uncle Sam, Original Gangstas and Night Vision.
For television, he guest starred on Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, Baretta, The Greatest American Hero, Matlock, Who's the Boss? The Tony Danza Show and Falcone. Pesce has appeared in the movies-of-the-week Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III, Another Midnight Run, Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story, In the Shadow of a Killer, Doing Life and Marilyn: The Untold Story.
Pesce has been an integral part in bringing three features to the screen. With the help of writer/director George Gallo (whom he met on the set of Midnight Run) and producer David Permut, his first film, 29th St., was a fictional adaptation of his own life. It starred Anthony LaPaglia who played Pesce, Danny Aiello as his father and Pesce as his brother, Vito. His next collaboration with Gallo and Permut was the comedy Trapped in Paradise, starring Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz. Pesce cameoed as a menacing gangster.
Pesce says, "I want to go on and make pictures about people here on earth, with the quality and substance of films such as ‘Marty,' and ‘Driving Miss Daisy.'"
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