Joe Pesci is an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is famous for playing volatile and tough characters in various genres. He is well-known for his trio with
Martin Scorsese movies in which he starred with Goodfellas, Casino, and
Robert De Niro: Raging Bull. He was nominated in the category of the Best Supporting Actor by the Academy Award for his work in the movie Raging Bull. He was awarded for Goodfellas for his role in the character of Tommy DeVito.
He has been a part of a various good movie like 'Lethal Weapon 2', 'Easy Money', 'A Bronx Tale', 'Home Alone', 'Home Alone 2: Lost in
New York', 'Once Upon a Time in America', Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon 3 and My Cousin Vinny. After his retirement in 1999, he appeared in some movie as cameo appearance one of which is The Good Shepherd, by De Niro in 2006. Joseph was born in New Jersey. He began his career at the small age of four working on a radio program. By the year 1953, he made appearance on the television family drama Star Time Kids.
In 1960s, he started his musical career under the guidance of Joe Ritchie and recorded the song Little Joe Sure Can Sing, after which he played guitar for Joey Dee & the Starliters. In 1975 he first came on the screen as an actor with The Death Collector. But Joseph could not figure out his career, so he returned to New York and started running a Hotel. His performance in the movie was seen by Robert De Niro, and he was very much impressed and recommended him to director 'Martin Scorses'.
This served as the beginning of his career. He did numerous roles and his performance was appreciated in many movies and he received nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. He soon became one of the active actors in the industry. He appeared in Easy Money and the epic Once Upon a Time in America. In 1985 he appeared in the sitcom Half Nelson, but the show was a failure and later that he appeared in movies like Moonraker and Man on Fire.
In 1989, he appeared in Lethal Weapon 2 opposite
Danny Glover and
Mel Gibson. He was even seen in the third and fourth installments of the show. The year 1990, was one of the most successful years for him as he bagged the role in the super hit movie Home Alone and his second release was GoodFellas for which he won the Oscar. His work was very much appreciated by everyone and hence he won many awards by the critics for it.
In 1995, he again collaborated with De Niro and Scorsese for Casino, after which he did Gone Fishin' and Duffel Bag. Both the movie turned to be the huge flop and was again a question on Pesci. He retired in 1999 after which he appeared in some movie as cameo appearance one of which is The Good Shepherd, by De Niro in 2006. He had been married three times, but all the three times his fate was not that good and got divorced. He has one daughter named Tiffany.
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Joe Pesci was born on 9th February, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. He was born to a barber Mary and a driver and bartender Angelo Pesci, Joe Pesci is an American actor, musician, and a comedian. Born in an average family, no one had ever imagined that Joe could reach the zenith of success. He is known to play some of the toughest and volatile characters and is famous for his versatile talent. He had approached his dream at a very small age. When he was just five, he had already been acting in various plays and skits in The New York City.
When turned ten, he had already become a regular actor on a television variety show called Startime Kids. He had also to earn a living for which he started working as a barber with his mother. Simultaneously, he began following his passion. Whenever he had time, he used to play the guitar and also started singing with few musical bands including the Joey Dee and the Starliters.
He worked hard for it and finally in the year 1968, came out his album Little Joe Sure Can Sing in which he sang the contemporary pop hits. It was a hit and gave Joe Pesci his much-deserved recognition. He also started performing in local clubs and pubs like Arlington Lounge along with actor Frank Vincent. He also appeared in a show titled The New Vaudevillians in the year 1975, but it lasted just for one week.
Till now he had been acting in dramas and theaters but in the year 1976, he acted in a crime movie The Death Collector alongside Frank Vincent, which was a low budget film. His performance in the film was so classic that directors Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro called him up to act in the movie Raging Bull in which he played the character of Joey La Motta. He won various awards like The BAFTA Film Award.
His biggest achievement was to appear in the musical anthology named The Moonwalker made by
Michael Jackson. It gave his talent a new standard. His movies like Smooth Criminal, Once Upon a Time in America, were the blockbusters of his life. He acted in the famous film The Lethal Weapon whose sequels came out in 1989, 1992, and 1998 and he was present in all of them.
He is a great comedian as well and starred in the movie Home Alone in the year 1990 and played Harry Lyme, one of the two burglars. He then came in the sequel of Home Alone which was titled Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He has done some the great pictures of the time.