Joe Pesci

Actor

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's Goodfellas (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 and Casino (1995, with Sharon Stone) and The Good Shepherd (2006, directed by DeNiro and starring Matt Damon).

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