Joe Pesci

Biography

Date of Birth 9 February 1943, Newark, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Joseph Frank Pesci Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Compact Italian-American actor, who first broke into entertainment as a child actor and by the mid-50s was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". In the mid-'60s he released a record under the stage name of "Joe Ritchie" titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing", and was also playing guitar with several bands, including Joey Dee and The Starliters. He even joined with friend Frank Vincent to start a vaudeville-style comedy act, but met with limited success (interestingly, Pesci and Vincent would later go on to co-star in several gangster films together, including Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995)) Pesci's first film role was as an uncredited dancer in Hey, Let's Twist (1961) and then he had to wait another 15 years for a minor part in The Death Collector (1976). His work in the second film was seen by Robert De Niro, who convinced director Martin Scorsese to cast him as "Joey LaMotta" in the epic boxing film Raging Bull (1980), which really got him noticed in Hollywood. He played opposite Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money (1983), was with buddy DeNiro again in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), nearly stole the show as con man Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and scored a Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the psychotic Tommy DeVito in "Goodfellas". His comedic talents shone again in the mega-popular Home Alone (1990), and he put in a terrific performance as co-conspirator David Ferrie in JFK (1991). Pesci was back again as Leo Getz for Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and was still a bumbling crook in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), and had a minor role in the Robert De Niro-directed A Bronx Tale (1993). He was lured back by Scorsese to play another deranged gangster named Nicky (based on real-life hood Tony Spilotro [aka "The Ant"]) in the violent Casino (1995), and starred in the comedies 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) and Gone Fishin' (1997), although both failed to fire at the box office. He returned again as fast-talking con man Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998).

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Birth Name

Joseph Frank Pesci

Birth Place

Newark, New Jersey, USA

Birth Date

2/9/1943
Known For
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Lethal Weapon 4

Leo Getz

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Lethal Weapon 2

Leo Getz

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Lethal Weapon 3

Leo Getz

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Casino

Nicky Santoro

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Harry Lime

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My Cousin Vinny

Vincent 'Vinny' Gambini

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Raging Bull

Joey

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Michael Jackson - Moonwalker

Mr. Big

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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

Tommy

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With Honors

Simon Wilder

Starring In
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Al Pacino, le Bronx et la fureur

Self (archive footage)

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Sheryl

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Irishman

Russell Bufalino

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A Warrior's Tail

Komar (voice)

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

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Love Ranch

Charlie Bontempo

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The Good Shepherd

Joseph Palmi

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Himself

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SNL: Best of Chris Rock

Andy Perotta (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Lethal Weapon 4

Leo Getz

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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

Tommy

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Gone Fishin'

Joe Waters

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Casino

Nicky Santoro

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Jimmy Hollywood

Jimmy Alto

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With Honors

Simon Wilder

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A Bronx Tale

Carmine

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The Public Eye

Leon Bernstein

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Lethal Weapon 3

Leo Getz

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My Cousin Vinny

Vincent 'Vinny' Gambini

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Harry Lime

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JFK

David Ferrie

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The Super

Louie Kritski

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Catchfire

Leo Carelli (uncredited)

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Goodfellas

Tommy DeVito

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Betsy's Wedding

Oscar Henner

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Home Alone

Harry

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Lethal Weapon 2

Leo Getz

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Michael Jackson - Moonwalker

Mr. Big

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Man on Fire (Absinthe)

David

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Tutti dentro

Corrado Parrisi

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Once Upon a Time in America

Frankie Manoldi

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Easy Money

Nicky Cerone

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Eureka

Mayakofsky

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Dear Mr. Wonderful

Ruby Dennis

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Raging Bull

Joey

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Short Eyes

Other Inmate (uncredited)

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The Death Collector

Joe

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