Joseph Frank 'Joe' Pesci (born February 9, 1943) 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. He took a six year hiatus from acting between 1999 and 2005 before returning for a cameo in The Good Shepherd (2006). In 1990, 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. Pesci was born in Newark, New Jersey. His mother, Mary (ne Mesce), worked part-time as a barber, and his father, Angelo Pesci, was a forklift driver for General Motors and bartender.
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