Joe Pesci is an 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. He took a six-year hiatus from acting between 1999 and 2005 before returning for a cameo in The Good Shepherd (2006).
In 1990, Joe Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic mobster Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, ten years after receiving a nomination in the same category for Raging Bull.
In the late 1970s, Joe Pesci teamed up with Frankie Vincent, performing in local clubs like the Arlington Lounge and other venues around Northern NJ as “Vincent and Pesci.” The comedy duo’s material was a play on Martin and Lewis and Abbott and Costello.
Joe Pesci is one of the producers of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys. The musical is based on the lives of the musical group, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Pesci was present during the formation of the group as a young man and is portrayed as a character in the play.
In 1998, Joe Pesci 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 tune that played on the gangsta theme by referencing Mafia gangsterism. “Wise Guy” interpolated the 1980 Hip-Hop hit “Rapture” by Blondie and was co-written and produced by Poke & Tone—the Hip-Hop production team better known as Trackmasters, who first musically introduced the world to 50 Cent. 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”.
In 1999, Joe Pesci announced his retirement from acting to pursue a musical career and to enjoy life away from the camera. He returned to acting when he did a cameo in De Niro’s 2006 film The Good Shepherd. He is the star in the 2010 brothel drama Love Ranch, alongside Helen Mirren.
Joe Pesci appeared with Don Rickles in a 2011 Snickers advertisement in which he portrays the alter-ego of a young man who attends a party and becomes agitated by two women.
How Joe Pesci Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $50 Million
Birthday: February 9, 1943
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