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Newark, New Jersey, United States
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Tommy DeVito In Goodfellas (1990).
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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.
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Joseph Frank Pesci
Joseph Frank Pesci (PESH-ee; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor, comedian and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres, he is best known for his role as Vincent Gambini in My Cousin Vinny (1992), Harry Lime in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as Leo Getz in the Lethal Weapon franchise, and for co-starring with Robert De Niro in the Martin Scorsese films Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).
Actor, Comedian And Musician, Known For Playing Tough, Volatile Characters, In A Variety Of Genres.
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Belleville High School, Belleville, New Jersey, United States
Angelo Pesci (Was A Forklift Driver For General Motors, And A Bartender.)
Mary (née Mesce) (Worked Part-Time As A Barber.)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Celebrity Talent International, Entertainment Booking Agency
(1997) TV commercial: Lexus (voice of Brooklyn Bridge), (1999) TV commercial: Canon cameras (voice), (1998) TV commercial (voice): Pepsi, (2004) TV commercial: SBC Directory Services, (2004) TV commercial: SBC Yahoo! DSL Internet Service, (2011) TV commercial (with Don Rickles): Snickers candy bar.
New Jersey Accent., Short Stature.
1961–1999, 2006–present, 1961–present
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