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Joe Pesci Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Frank Pesci
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor, singer, comic

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

  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1990Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1990National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1989Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1982BAFTA Film Awards-Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: winner
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1980Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1980National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1980New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner

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