Joe Pesci

Born Feb 11, 1943

Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci is an American actor, comedian, and musician, known for his collaborations with Robert De Niro. He is known for playing a variety of different roles, from violent mobsters to comedic leads to quirky sidekicks. Pesci has starred in a number of high profile films including Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull, Once Upon a Time in America, My Cousin Vinny, JFK, Home Alone, and the Lethal Weapon series.… Read More

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1943 Birth Pesci was born on February 9, 1943, in Newark, New Jersey. … Read More


1959 16 Years Old Pesci was childhood friends with singers Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito, and in 1959, at age 16, he helped introduce them to singer and songwriter Bob Gaudio, which led to the formation of the band The Four Seasons. … Read More


1964 21 Years Old Pesci has been married and divorced three times. His first marriage was in 1964. … Read More
1968 25 Years Old At the same time, he tried to start a musical career, playing guitar with several bands, including Joey Dee and the Starliters. (The position of guitarist in that band was taken several years later by Jimi Hendrix.) In 1968, he released the album Little Joe Sure Can Sing! (billed as Joe Ritchie), on which he sang covers of contemporary pop hits. … Read More


1976 33 Years Old The first film Pesci starred in was the 1976 low-budget crime film The Death Collector alongside Frank Vincent. … Read More
1979 36 Years Old In 1979, Pesci got a telephone call from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, who were impressed with his performance in The Death Collector and asked him to co-star in Scorsese's Raging Bull as Joey LaMotta.
1981 38 Years Old Pesci won the BAFTA Film Award for Newcomer to Leading Film Roles in 1981 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. … Read More


1984 41 Years Old In 1984, he was cast in Once Upon a Time in America, again appearing alongside De Niro. … Read More
1988 45 Years Old In 1988, Pesci appeared in the Michael Jackson musical anthology film Moonwalker, in the film's sixth and longest segment, "Smooth Criminal". … Read More
1989 46 Years Old He appeared as Leo Getz in the Lethal Weapon sequels, released in 1989, 1992 and 1998.
1990 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, he reunited with Scorsese and De Niro for Goodfellas, where he played mobster Tommy DeVito, based on real-life mobster Thomas DeSimone. (Tommy DeVito is also the name of Pesci's old acquaintance from Belleville, New Jersey and a member of The Four Seasons, but, contrary to popular belief, the naming is coincidental.) Old friend Frank Vincent also appears in the film; Pesci's character kills Vincent's character in a rage in one of the most well-remembered scenes in the film after the Vincent character contemptuously tells him to "go home and get your shoe shine box." … Read More
1991 48 Years Old Pesci played David Ferrie in 1991's JFK.
In 1992 he appeared as the title character in the comedy My Cousin Vinny.


1993 - 1995 2 More Events
1996 53 Years Old He was the original choice to play Myron Larabee, the stressed-out postman in Jingle All the Way opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1996, but the part was ultimately given to Sinbad, whose physical size was more comparable to Schwarzenegger's. … Read More
1998 55 Years Old In 1998, he released his second LP (his first album in 30 years) called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, which spawned the single "Wise Guy," a rap number that played on the gangsta theme by referencing Mafia gangsterism. "Wise Guy" interpolated the 1980 hit "Rapture" by Blondie, and was co-written and produced by the hip-hop production team the Trackmasters. … Read More
1999 56 Years Old In 1999, Pesci announced his retirement from acting to pursue a musical career and to enjoy life away from the camera.


2006 - 2010 3 More Events
2011 68 Years Old Pesci appeared with Don Rickles in a 2011 Snickers advertisement in which he portrays the angry alter-ego of a young man who attends a party and becomes agitated by two women until he is calmed down by eating a Snickers bar.
2014 71 Years Old …  He is similarly a character in the musical's 2014 film adaptation. … Read More
2016 73 Years Old Pesci also appears in the 2016 music documentary Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home in which he is filmed recording The Folks Who Live on the Hill from Scott's forthcoming posthumous album I Go Back Home.
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