Born: 9 February 1943
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
Best known as: Star of My Cousin Vinny and Goodfellas
Joe Pesci is the short, fiery actor who won an Oscar for his supporting role as Tommy DeVito, the funny-but-psychopathic mobster in Martin Scorsese
(1990). Pesci started his entertainment career as a singer in the 1960s. After small roles in the movies, he made a splash as Robert DeNiro
's brother in Raging Bull
(1980) and earned an Oscar nomination. He co-starred again with DeNiro in 1984's Once Upon a Time in America
, but it wasn't until the late '80s and early '90s that Pesci became a mainstream celebrity. During the 1990s he appeared in some of the hottest movies of the era, including Home Alone
(1990) and it's sequel, three Lethal Weapon
movies (1989-98, with Mel Gibson
), My Cousin Vinny
(1992), Scorsese's Goodfellas
(1995, with Sharon Stone
) and The Good Shepherd
(2006, directed by DeNiro and starring Matt Damon
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