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Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci

Feb. 9th, 1943
Born in
Newark, New Jersey, USA
5' 4"

Joe Pesci's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Half Nelson TV Show
Half Nelson

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Love Ranch
2006 - The Good Shepherd
1998 - Lethal Weapon 4
1997 - 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
1997 - Gone Fishin'
1995 - Casino
1994 - With Honors
1994 - Jimmy Hollywood
1993 - A Bronx Tale
1992 - Lethal Weapon 3
1992 - My Cousin Vinny
1992 - The Public Eye
1992 - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
1991 - The Super
1991 - JFK
1990 - Betsy's Wedding
1990 - Goodfellas
1990 - Home Alone
1990 - Catchfire
1989 - Lethal Weapon 2
1988 - Moonwalker
1987 - Man on Fire
1984 - Once Upon a Time in America
1983 - Easy Money
1980 - Raging Bull
1976 - The Death Collector

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Musician Leader
Himself - Host
[Complete List]


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 (I) and The Starliters. He even joined with friend Frank Vincent (I) 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).

  • Is an avid golfer
  • He recorded an album in the 60s under the name Joe Ritchie. Titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing", it flopped.
  • Started out with Joey D and the Starliters; working his way around as a waiter and singing and playing guitar in local nightclubs
  • _The Good Shepherd (2006)_ (qv) was the first movie he made within 8 years.
  • Has one daughter, Tiffany, with ex-wife 'Claudia Haro' (qv).
  • Was the original choice to play "Fergie" in _Judge Dredd (1995)_ (qv) but turned it down. The part was given to 'Rob Schneider (I)' (qv), instead.
  • According to Maxim magazine, he wrote and directed the "You think I'm funny?" scene from _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv) at director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv)'s request.
  • Director 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) and actor 'Robert De Niro' (qv) tracked down Pesci after seeing his role in _The Death Collector (1976)_ (qv) because they felt he was perfect for the role of Joey La Motta in _Raging Bull (1980)_ (qv).

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