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JOE PESCI (Leo Getz) has created memorable characters,
both dramatic and comedic, onscreen. He received an Academy Award
in 1991 as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tommy DeVito
in "GoodFellas" and was nominated for an Academy Award
in 1981 for his role as Joey LaMotta in "Raging Bull."
"GoodFellas" also won Pesci a Golden Globe nomination
and honors from the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles
Film Critics Society. He was honored with awards from the New
York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and the American
Film Society for his work in "Raging Bull."
Some of his indelible comedic roles include the fast-talking mob
accountant-turned real-estate salesman-now-turned private investigator
in three of the "Lethal Weapon" movies; one of a team
of inept burglars in "Home Alone" and "Home Alone
II"; and a questionable New York lawyer practicing his peculiarly
successful style of law in "My Cousin Vinny." In 1997
Pesci teamed with Danny Glover in the comedy "Gone Fishin'."
Following his breakout role in "Raging Bull," Pesci
appeared in "I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can," "Eureka"
and "Easy Money." He teamed again with "Raging
Bull" star Robert De Niro in "Once Upon a Time in America"
(1983) and appeared in De Niro's directorial debut, "A Bronx
Tale"; the two later starred for Martin Scorsese in "Casino."
Pesci's other screen credits include "With Honors,"
"Jimmy Hollywood," David Ferrie in Oliver Stone's "JFK,"
"The Super" and "The Public Eye," in which
Pesci starred as a character based on the photographer Weegee.
Most recently he appeared in the comedy "Eight Heads in a
The Newark, New Jersey native made his film debut in the 1975
film "Death Collector."
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