Joe Pesci Biography

Birthday: 1943-02-09
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey USA
Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Wiki Biography: Compact Italian-American actor born February 9, 1943, in Newark, NJ, 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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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Death Collector 0000
The Mob 1951
Raging Bull Joey 1980
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Roger 1982
Once Upon a Time in America Frankie Manoldi 1984 0
Tutti dentro Corrado Parrisi 1984 Comedy, Drama
Man on Fire David 1987 Action, Drama, Thriller
Moonwalker Mr. Big 1988 Action, Crime, Fantasy
Lethal Weapon 2 Leo Getz 1989 0, 0, Comedy
Home Alone Harry 1990 0
GoodFellas Tommy DeVito 1990 Comedy
The Super Louie Kritski 1991 Comedy
Lethal Weapon 3 Leo Getz 1992 Game Show, Comedy, 0
My Cousin Vinny Vinny Gambini 1992 Comedy, Crime
The Public Eye Leon Bernstein 1992 Crime, Drama, Romance
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Harry Lime 1992 Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A Bronx Tale Carmine 1993 0, Comedy
With Honors Simon Wilder 1994 0
Jimmy Hollywood 1994 Crime, Comedy, Drama
Casino Nicky Santoro 1995 Crime, Drama
Gone Fishin' Joe Waters 1997 0, 0
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag Tommy 1997 Comedy, Crime
Lethal Weapon 4 Leo Getz 1998 Action, Crime, Thriller
The Good Shepherd Joseph Palmi 2006 0, Game Show
Love Ranch Charlie Bontempo 2010