It’s almost weekend and as you have come to expect from me it means a new installment of “The Many Faces of…”, this week starring Joe Pesci. He was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. He went to Belleville High School and started acting at a young age. He appeared in plays when he was five and when he was ten he appeared on the TV show Startime Kids.
He stopped acting though and became a barber in the sixties. At the same time he played in several bands and released a record under the name “Joe Ritchie” (he would release another one in 1998 on which he even rapped on the track Wise Guy). He even did a comedy act, but allegedly wasn’t very successful.
He made some small appearances on TV, but it was his small role in the movie The Death Collector which was noticed by Robert de Niro, who convinced Martin Scorcese to cast him in Raging Bull. Through the years Pesci has appeared in a lot of movies, but is best known for his roles in various gangster movies and successful franchises as the Lethal Weapon and Home Alone series. He retired from acting in 1999, but did appear in The Good Shepherd and Love Ranch.
From left to right: Hey, Let’s Twist!, The Death Collector, Raging Bull, I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can, Eureka, Easy Money, Once Upon a Time in America, Tutti dentro, Half Nelson, Man of Fire, Moonwalker, Lethal Weapon 2, Backtrack, Betsy’s Wedding, Home Alone, The Super, JFK, My Cousin Vinny, Lethal Weapon 3, Tales From the Crypt, The Public Eye, Home Alone 2, Jimmy Hollywood, With Honors, Casino, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Gone Fishin’, Lethal Weapon 4, The Good Shepherd, Love Ranch.
Picking a favorite is a no brainer for me, it’s his role in Goodfellas. Funny how?
What’s your favorite Joe Pesci role?