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Top 10 Facts - Joe Pesci
12.05.2015
Fact #1

Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci (born February 9, 1943) is a semi-retired American actor, comedian and musician, known for playing tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres.

Fact #2

Pesci was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Raging Bull, and then won the same award for his role as the psychopathic mobster Tommy DeVito (based on Thomas DeSimone) in Goodfellas.

Fact #3

The ?rst ?lm Pesci starred in was the 1976 low-budget crime ?lm The Death Collector alongside Frank Vincent. After the ?lm Pesci returned to run his restaurant, Amici's, in the Bronx.

Fact #4

In 1988, Pesci appeared in the Michael Jackson musical anthology ?lm Moonwalker, in the ?lm's sixth and longest segment, "Smooth Criminal". He played the antagonist, crime boss Frankie "Mr. Big" LiDeo (an anagram for one of the ?lm's producers and longtime Jackson manager Frank DiLeo, with whom Pesci would later act in Goodfellas).

Fact #5

Pesci also co-starred in the blockbuster Home Alone in 1990, playing Harry Lyme, one of two bumbling burglars (along with good friend Daniel Stern) who attempt to burglarize the house of the young character played by Macaulay Culkin.

Fact #6

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.

Fact #7

In 1990, he reunited with Scorsese and De Niro for Goodfellas, where he played mobster Tommy DeVito, based on real-life mobster Thomas DeSimone. Pesci received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role, which he accepted with the shortest speech in Oscar history, saying simply, "lt's my privilege. Thank you," before leaving the stage.

Fact #8

In 1999, Pesci announced his retirement from acting to pursue a musical career and to enioy life away from the camera. He returned to acting when he did a cameo in De Niro's 2006 ?lm The Good Shepherd. He starred in the 2010 brothel drama Love Ranch, alongside Helen Mirren.

Fact #9

Pesci is a character in the 2005 musical Jersey Boys, which tells the story of The Four Seasons, due to his involvement in the band's formation. He is similarly a character in the musical's 2014 ?lm adaptation. In the ?lm, the Joe Pesci character asks "Funny how?", a quote from a famous line of dialogue Pesci had in Goodfellas.

Fact #10

Pesci has been married and divorced three times. His ?rst marriage was in 1964. His third was from 1988 to 1992, to Claudia Haro, a model and actress. In 2007 Pesci was engaged to Angie Everhart, but the couple broke up in 2008.

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