Joe Pantoliano

Biography

Joseph Peter "Joe" Pantoliano (born September 12, 1951) is an American film and television actor. He played the character of Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos, Bob Keane in La Bamba, Cypher in The Matrix, Teddy in Memento, Francis Fratelli in The Goonies, Guido "the Killer Pimp" in Risky Business, and Jennifer Tilly's violent mobster boyfriend, Caesar, in Bound. He also played Deputy U.S. Marshal Cosmo Renfro in both The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals. He is often referred to as "Joey Pants", because of the difficulty some people have pronouncing his Italian surname; Early Life Pantoliano was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to first-generation Italian American parents Mary (née Centrella), a bookie and seamstress, and Dominic "Monk" Pantoliano, a hearse driver and factory foreman. He attended HB Studio, but studied extensively with actor John Lehne. Career He first grew to fame as "Guido the Killer Pimp" in Risky Business, and continued to rise in 1985 when he appeared as the villainous Francis Fratelli in teen classic The Goonies. He gained fame amongst a new generation as Cypher in the 1999 landmark sci-fi film The Matrix, and won an Emmy as Ralph Cifaretto in HBO's The Sopranos. Pantoliano is also known for his role as Eddie Moscone, the bail bondsman, in the Robert De Niro comedy Midnight Run, as double-crossed mafioso Caesar in Bound, as John "Teddy" Gammell in Memento, and as investigative journalist Ben Urich in Mark Steven Johnson's 2003 Daredevil adaptation. He also played Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive along with Tommy Lee Jones and reprised the role in the sequel U.S. Marshals. He is known for his portrayals of criminals, criminal investigators, detectives, and forensic specialists with a wisecracking touch. In 2003, Pantoliano replaced Stanley Tucci in the Broadway play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. That same year he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for The Sopranos. In 2012, Joe Pantoliano stars as the eccentric pawn broker Oswald Oswald in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written and directed by Tamar Halpern. Personal Life Pantoliano lives with his wife, former model Nancy Sheppard, and their four children. He was introduced to his wife by his friend, actress Samantha Phillips. On October 9, 2007, Pantoliano announced on the National Alliance on Mental Illness blog that he has been suffering from clinical depression for the last decade, although he was only formally diagnosed recently. He claims that his recent film Canvas was what helped him come to terms with his depression. Rather than hide his struggle from the public, he has chosen to speak out about it to remove some of the stigmas that are commonly associated with mental illness. He founded a non-profit organization, No Kidding, Me Too!, to unite members of the entertainment industry in educating the public about mental illness. He is also dyslexic. Trade Mark Almost always seen wearing a cap, even in some of his movie roles. Filmography: Monsignor (1982) The Final Terror (1983) Risky Business (1983) Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) The Goonies (1985) The Mean Season (1985) Running Scared (1986) Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Empire of the Sun (1987) La Bamba (1987) The In Crowd (1988) Midnight Run (1988) Downtown (1990) The Last of the Finest (1990) El Diablo (1990) Short Time (1990) Backstreet Dreams (1990) The Fanelli Boys (1990) Zandalee (1991) Used People (1992) Three of Hearts (1993) Me and the Kid (1993) The Fugitive (1993) Calendar Girl (1993) Teresa's Tattoo (1994) Baby's Day Out (1994) The Last Word (1995) Steal Big, Steal Little (1995) Bad Boys (1995) Congo (1995) The Flight of the Dove (1994) The Immortals (1995) Bound (1996) Top of the World (1997) Tinseltown (1997) U.S. Marshals (1998) Hoods (1998) The Matrix (1999) New Blood (1999) Black and White (1999) Memento (2000) Ready To Rumble (2000) Cats & Dogs (2001) (stem) The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Daredevil (2003) Bad Boys II (2003) Unknown (2006) Deadly Impact (2010) Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (2011) Spring Break '83 (2012)

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Birth Name

Joseph Peter Pantoliano

Birth Place

Hoboken, New Jersey, États-Unis

Birth Date

9/12/1951
Known For
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Bad Boys

Captain Howard

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Memento

Teddy

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The Fugitive

Cosmo Renfro

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Baby's Day Out

Norby

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Eddie and the Cruisers

Doc Robbins

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Unknown

Bound Man

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Amazon Women on the Moon

Sy Swerdlow (segment "Hairlooming")

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Adventures Of Pluto Nash, The

Mogan

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Deadly Impact

David Kaplow

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The Amateurs

Some Idiot

Starring In
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The Santa Stakeout

Francis Miller

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Bad Boys for Life

Captain Howard

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From the Vine

Marco Gentile

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

Uncle Frankie

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Brawler

Al Braverman

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Lake Placid: Legacy

Henderson

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Happy Anniversary

Aldo

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Just Getting Started

Joey

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Gilbert

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Perfect Match

Marty

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Benzer Sesler

Avi Hirshberg

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Loosies

Carl

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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Oswald Oswald III (as Joe Peter Pantoliano)

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The Legend of Secret Pass

Chuckster (voice)

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Deadly Impact

David Kaplow

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

Peek (voice)

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Percy Jackson: The Olympians - The Lightning Thief

Gabe Ugliano

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The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies'

Self

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The Job

Perriman

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Falling Up

George

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No Kidding! Me 2!!

Self

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Wedding Daze

Smitty

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Unknown

Bound Man

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Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

Mayor M.T. Gunn

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So Goes the Nation

Himself

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Deceit

Anthony

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Original Animated Series: Godzilla, Vol. 2

Animal Palotti / ... (8 episodes, 1998-1999)

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Canvas

John Marino

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The Amateurs

Some Idiot

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Racing Stripes

Goose (voice)

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Perfect Opposites

Louis Carbonelli

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Wedding Daze

Smitty

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Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 47/Vol. 48

Himself

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The Easter Egg Adventure

Terrible Timothy Takit (voice)

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Bad Boys II

Captain Howard

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Daredevil

Ben Urich

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Second Best

Elliot

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Adventures Of Pluto Nash, The

Mogan

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Cats & Dogs

Peek (voice)

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Memento

Teddy

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A Better Way to Die

Flash

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Ready to Rumble

Titus Sinclair

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The Life Before This

Jake Maclean

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The Matrix

Cypher

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Forces of Nature

Cab Driver (uncredited)

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Black and White

Bill King

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New Blood

Hellman

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U.S. Marshals

Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro

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Top of the World

Vince Castor

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Taxman

Al Benjamin

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Top of the World

Vince Castor

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Natural Enemy

Stuart

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Olive, the Other Reindeer

Martini (voice)

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Pitch

Himself

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Bound

Ceasar

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Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice

Det. Meyer Meyer

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Congo

Eddie Ventro (uncredited)

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Bad Boys

Captain Howard

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The Immortals

Pete Tunnell

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The Spy Within

Attorney Brezner

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Strids Brødre

Eddie Agopian, Ruben's Lawyer

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Teresa's Tattoo

Bruno

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Baby's Day Out

Norby

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Dangerous Heart

Barclay

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Cosa Nostra - The Last Word

Doc

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Robot in the Family

Jack Shamir

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The Fugitive

Cosmo Renfro

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Three of Hearts

Mickey

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Calendar Girl

Harvey Darpinian

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Used People

Frank

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Zandalee

Gerri

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Backstreet Dreams

Paul Antangeli (uncredited)

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Short Time

Scalese

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The Last of the Finest

Wayne Gross

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Downtown

White

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El Diablo

Kid Durango

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Nightbreaker

Sgt. Jack Russell

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Midnight Run

Eddie Moscone

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The In Crowd

Perry Parker

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Empire of the Sun

Frank Demarest

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Amazon Women on the Moon

Sy Swerdlow (segment "Hairlooming")

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La Bamba

Bob Keane

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The Squeeze

Norman

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Running Scared

Snake

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The Goonies

Francis

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The Mean Season

Andy Porter

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The Final Terror

Eggar

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Eddie and the Cruisers

Doc Robbins

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Risky Business

Guido

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Monsignor

Musso

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The Idolmaker

Gino Pilato

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Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story

Ray Neal

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For Pete's Sake

Cop who puts "mark" in police car (uncredited)

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