Joe Pesci
American actor
Joe Pesci
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.
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Martin Scorsese's Next Movie Is Heading To Netflix
Huffington Post - 6 days
Netflix has acquired its most prestigious title yet: a Martin Scorsese movie.  “The Irishman,” a $100 million gangster flick starring Robert De Niro, was initially set up at Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous film, “Silence.” But with 12-year Paramount chief Brad Grey leaving the studio after a financially spotty 2016, Scorsese and his team opted to package the movie elsewhere, according to IndieWire. “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks,” a source reportedly told IndieWire. “This way, he can make the project he wants.” In other words, Scorsese’s team wants to work somewhere that executives won’t panic about box-office numbers. That’s presumably a response to “Silence,” which cost $46 million but earned only $7.1 million domestically after proving difficult to market to mainstream moviegoers. Given Scorsese’s status as one of the world’s most famous directors, this news represents a massive shift in distribution tre ...
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How The Hell Does Kevin's Dad Make So Much Money In 'Home Alone'?
Huffington Post - 2 months
BY ALEX SIQUIG There are certain mysteries that have confounded humans for generations. The Bermuda Triangle. The underwater kingdom of Atlantis. The Voynich Manuscript. Magnets. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. And of course, just how the fuck could the dad from Home Alone afford such an insanely luxurious house and a trip for a dozen people (many of them in first class!) to Paris and then Miami on back to back Christmases? The riddle of Peter McCallister’s wealth has reached the attention of none other than LeBron James, who was apparently discussing the nuances of the matter with Kevin Love and Maverick Carter. When the Chosen One feels the moral imperative to bestow his Chosen thoughts to the discourse of the mythology and minutia of the extended Home Alone universe, it’s time to take notice. Who is Peter McCallister and why is he so rich? First, let us turn our attention to the family unit that Peter, as a traditional bland Midwestern pater familias, ostensibly presides over. He is ...
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How to Fill up 1,000 Concert Seats the Midtown Men Way
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Christian Hoff at my rooftop Photo credit: Michael Hull of VictoriaGlobal.co In late June 2015, I had a chance to interview Christian Hoff, a Tony Award winner and one of the four members of the Midtown Men band. Hoff, along with his three multi-talented band members, were previously part of the the original Jersey Boys. Today, the Midtown Men band can fill a 750 to 1,000 seater venue with fans of old school music, from all age groups. In their fifth season now, Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Michael Longoria and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer revitalize their audiences with live musical performances from the 60s. Apart from performing in select cities, The Midtown Men occasionally offer a symphonic interpretation of shows that they host with re-known ensembles such as Philly POPs. From left to right: Pat Palumbo, Hoff's manager, Christian Hoff and Judy Sahagian Photo credit: Will Fang of VictoriaGlobal.co Growing naturally The quartet ran the Jersey Boys band back in ...
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'Home Alone' Star Reprises Role To Respond To Macaulay Culkin
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Merry Christmas again, ya filthy animals. The holiday started early for "Home Alone" fans this year when Macaulay Culkin reprised his movie role this month in the new web series "DRYVRS." In Culkin's video, Kevin McCallister has become a deranged killer out to stop home invaders, and now one of the home invaders who made him that way is freaking out about it. Actor Daniel Stern, who played Marv in "Home Alone," recently posted a video reprising his movie role to respond to Culkin. In video, Marv calls for his old partner and fellow wet bandit, Harry, to come find him. He's seen what Kevin McCallister has become. And he's terrified. Will Harry, aka actor Joe Pesci, come to Marv's rescue? If not, getting hit in the head with paint cans is the least of his worries. See Culkin's original video here. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal con ...
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'Home Alone' Star Reprises Role To Respond To Macaulay Culkin
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Merry Christmas again, ya filthy animals. The holiday started early for "Home Alone" fans this year when Macaulay Culkin reprised his movie role this month in the new web series "DRYVRS." In Culkin's video, Kevin McCallister has become a deranged killer out to stop home invaders, and now one of the home invaders who made him that way is freaking out about it. Actor Daniel Stern, who played Marv in "Home Alone," recently posted a video reprising his movie role to respond to Culkin. In video, Marv calls for his old partner and fellow wet bandit, Harry, to come find him. He's seen what Kevin McCallister has become. And he's terrified. Will Harry, aka actor Joe Pesci, come to Marv's rescue? If not, getting hit in the head with paint cans is the least of his worries. See Culkin's original video here. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal con ...
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The Unexpected Wisdom Of Kevin McCallister
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Once, in the John Hughes-imagined suburbs of Chicago, a young boy awoke in December to find out that he made his family disappear. If you can't picture that iconic line whispered in the voice of Macaulay Culkin circa 1990, then I can't help you. But if you can -- nay, if the mere suggestion of the original "Home Alone" made John Williams' compositions start playing in your head, and made you pull out the aftershave for your most realistic "AHHHH!" face, then welcome. Culkin gave the performance of his career thus far in this film (to be topped, some argue, in "Home Alone 2") as a precocious personification of id: all animal emotion ("I'm living alone! I'm living alone!") and speaking without thinking ("I hope I never see any of you jerks again!"). It was a performance that delighted '90s kids, a fact confirmed once more in the dark Long Island theater where I sat last Sunday, surrounded by youngsters who fell into fits at each moment of random violence that befell the Wet ...
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The Unexpected Wisdom Of Kevin McCallister
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Once, in the John Hughes-imagined suburbs of Chicago, a young boy awoke in December to find out that he made his family disappear. If you can't picture that iconic line whispered in the voice of Macaulay Culkin circa 1990, then I can't help you. But if you can -- nay, if the mere suggestion of the original "Home Alone" made John Williams' compositions start playing in your head, and made you pull out the aftershave for your most realistic "AHHHH!" face, then welcome. Culkin gave the performance of his career thus far in this film (to be topped, some argue, in "Home Alone 2") as a precocious personification of id: all animal emotion ("I'm living alone! I'm living alone!") and speaking without thinking ("I hope I never see any of you jerks again!"). It was a performance that delighted '90s kids, a fact confirmed once more in the dark Long Island theater where I sat last Sunday, surrounded by youngsters who fell into fits at each moment of random violence that befell the Wet ...
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Watch: Scorsese's mom rocks 'Goodfellas'
USA Today - almost 2 years
Catherine Scorsese is just hanging with Bobby (De Niro) and Joe (Pesci) in this anniversary "Goodfellas" moment.        Related Stories Amy Schumer's '12 Angry Men' parody is a triumph Eloise Mumford met Luke Grimes, then romped with him on 'Fifty Shades' set Watch: Mel Gibson explains being cast as an action icon in exclusive 'Mad Max' clip  
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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in Movies
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933's Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies. 1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, causing the already-divided town's racial tensions to boil over. Through it all, ...
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Meet the Braaaains Behind AMC's Hit Series "The Walking Dead"
Mother Jones - about 3 years
You probably wouldn't recognize Greg Nicotero on the street, but his work has made you cringe, recoil, and cover your eyes. The 50-year-old makeup-effects guru, executive producer, director, writer, and actor for AMC's popular series The Walking Dead—which boasts 13 million viewers per episode on first airing—got his start as an apprentice to "Godfather of Gore" Tom Savini on director George Romero's 1985 zombie classic Day of the Dead. Three years later he and two partners founded KNB EFX Group, which has worked on hundreds of Hollywood films and TV shows, from James Bond and Indiana Jones to Deadwood and Breaking Bad. Remember that scene in Misery where Kathy Bates smashes James Caan's ankle with a sledgehammer? The bit in Casino where Joe Pesci squeezes the guy's head in a vice? The gruesome ear-slicing sequence in Reservoir Dogs? The failed electrocution in The Green Mile? All Nicotero's doing. His own hand even had a cameo as Bruce Campbell's possessed, disembodied appendage ...
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That Time Joe Pesci Stuck His Fingers Up Jonah Hill's Butt
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Well this is just great. Jonah Hill was a guest on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Thursday (Jan. 23) and revealed a wonderful encounter with Joe Pesci at a premiere of "The Wolf of Wall Street" recently. "[Pesci] goes, 'You're great in the movie, kid, I'm really proud of you.' And I'm like, 'Thank you, your acting means so much to me,'" Hill recalled. "And he goes, 'Here's what I want you to do: I want you to go buy a helmet.' And I go, 'okay…' He goes, 'I want you to keep the helmet next to your bed and then every night, I want you to go in the bathroom and put the helmet on -- every night. And if ever the helmet doesn't fit, it's because too many people are going up here.' And he puts his fingers in my ass!" Hill said and motioned. Watch the clip above for the hilarious story.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Pesci
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 73
    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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  • 2014
    Age 71
    He is similarly a character in the musical's 2014 film adaptation.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, the Joe Pesci character asks "Funny how?", a quote from a famous line of dialogue Pesci had in Goodfellas.
  • 2011
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 67
    He starred in the 2010 brothel drama Love Ranch, alongside Helen Mirren.
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  • 2007
    Age 64
    In 2007 Pesci was engaged to Angie Everhart, but the couple broke up in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details While filming scenes in two of Martin Scorsese's films (Raging Bull and Casino), Pesci broke the same rib, 15 years apart.
  • 2006
    Age 63
    He returned to acting when he did a cameo in De Niro's 2006 film The Good Shepherd.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 56
    In 1999, Pesci announced his retirement from acting to pursue a musical career and to enjoy life away from the camera.
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  • 1998
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You was an album that was both humorous and serious, exploring a variety of genres, though most of it was big band jazz, and which paid homage to his character name from the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny, not only through its album title, but also by its lead track "Yo Cousin Vinny".
  • 1996
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had starring roles in several other films including Man on Fire (1987), The Super (1991), Jimmy Hollywood (1994), With Honors (also 1994) and Gone Fishin' (1997).
  • 1995
    Age 52
    In 1995, Pesci had his third and so far final collaboration with Scorsese and De Niro in the film Casino, playing Nicky Santoro, based on real-life Mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 50
    Pesci had a small role in 1993's A Bronx Tale.
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  • 1992
    Age 49
    Pesci hosted sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live on October 10, 1992, while doing publicity for My Cousin Vinny.
    More Details Hide Details During his monologue, he restored a picture of Pope John Paul II, which had been torn by Sinéad O'Connor on the previous broadcast; he then tore up a photo of O'Connor, which was met with huge applause.
    In 1992, Pesci spearheaded the cast of The Public Eye as Leon "Bernzy" Bernstein, a photographer.
    More Details Hide Details His performance in the film, a departure from his usual characters, was critically acclaimed.
    In 1992 he appeared as the title character in the comedy My Cousin Vinny.
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  • 1991
    Age 48
    Pesci played David Ferrie in 1991's JFK.
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  • 1990
    Age 47
    Pesci also co-starred in the blockbuster Home Alone in 1990, playing Harry Lime, one of two bumbling burglars (along with good friend Daniel Stern) who attempt to burgle the house of the young character played by Macaulay Culkin.
    More Details Hide Details In the film's climactic scene, Pesci accidentally bit one of Culkin's fingers, giving him a scar. Two years later, Pesci reprised his role in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Pesci received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role, which he accepted with one of the shortest speeches in Oscar history, saying simply, "It's my privilege. Thank you," before leaving the stage.
  • 1989
    Age 46
    He appeared as Leo Getz in the Lethal Weapon sequels, released in 1989, 1992 and 1998.
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  • 1988
    Age 45
    In 1988, Pesci appeared in the Michael Jackson musical anthology film Moonwalker, in the film's sixth and longest segment, "Smooth Criminal".
    More Details Hide Details He played the antagonist, crime boss Frankie "Mr. Big" LiDeo (an anagram for one of the film's producers and longtime Jackson manager Frank DiLeo, with whom Pesci would later act in Goodfellas).
  • 1984
    Age 41
    In 1984, he was cast in Once Upon a Time in America, again appearing alongside De Niro.
    More Details Hide Details Next year he starred as private detective Rocky Nelson in the short-lived television comedy series Half Nelson.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next few years, Pesci appeared in several smaller films, including Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982), Easy Money (1983) and Eureka (1983).
  • 1979
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1976
    Age 33
    The first film Pesci starred in was the 1976 low-budget crime film The Death Collector alongside Frank Vincent.
    More Details Hide Details After the film Pesci returned to The Bronx and lived above Amici's Restaurant, where he was an employee.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Pesci teamed up with fellow actor Frank Vincent, performing in local clubs like the Arlington Lounge and other venues around North Jersey as Vincent and Pesci. The comedy duo's material was a play on Martin and Lewis and Abbott and Costello. In 1975, they appeared in the Broadway show The New Vaudevillians, which only lasted one week.
  • 1964
    Age 21
    Pesci has been married and divorced three times. His first marriage was in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details His third was from 1988 to 1992, to Claudia Haro, a model and actress with whom he has a daughter named Tiffany.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1960s, Pesci began working as a barber, following in his mother's footsteps.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Age 0
    Pesci was born on February 9, 1943, in Newark, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Mary (née Mesce), worked part-time as a barber, and his father, Angelo Pesci, was a forklift driver for General Motors, and a bartender. Pesci, of Italian descent, was raised in Belleville, New Jersey, and attended Belleville High School. By the time Pesci was five years old, he was appearing in plays in New York. At age 10, he was a regular on a television variety show called Startime Kids which also featured Connie Francis.
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