Joe Pesci

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  • Birth Name: Joseph Frank Pesci
  • Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Comic

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Fast Facts

  • As a child, he appeared in plays and the TV variety show Startime Kids.
  • Recorded an album in the '60s called Little Joe Sure Can Sing under the name Joe Ritchie.
  • Played guitar and sang in the band Joey Dee and the Starliters.
  • Landed the role of Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980) after Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro saw him in the 1976 cheapie The Death Collector.
  • Provided the voice of the Brooklyn Bridge in a Lexus commercial.
  • Friendly with the members of The Four Seasons and appeared as a character in the group's Tony-winning bio-musical Jersey Boys.
  • Sued producers of Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father in 2011, claiming he gained 30 lbs. for a promised lead role in the film, only to then be offered a smaller part.

Awards

  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Winner
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Tiffany Pesci — Daughter
  • Mary Pesci — Mother
  • Claudia Haro — Ex-wife
  • Angelo Pesci — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Joseph Frank Pesci
  • Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Comic

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