Joe Pesci is an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is famous for playing volatile and tough characters in various genres. He is well-known for his trio with Martin Scorsese movies in which he starred with Goodfellas, Casino, and Robert De Niro: Raging Bull. He was nominated in the category of the Best Supporting Actor by the Academy Award for his work in the movie Raging Bull. He was awarded for Goodfellas for his role in the character of Tommy DeVito.

He has been a part of a various good movie like 'Lethal Weapon 2', 'Easy Money', 'A Bronx Tale', 'Home Alone', 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York', 'Once Upon a Time in America', Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon 3 and My Cousin Vinny. After his retirement in 1999, he appeared in some movie as cameo appearance one of which is The Good Shepherd, by De Niro in 2006. Joseph was born in New Jersey. He began his career at the small age of four working on a radio program. By the year 1953, he made appearance on the television family drama Star Time Kids.

In 1960s, he started his musical career under the guidance of Joe Ritchie and recorded the song Little Joe Sure Can Sing, after which he played guitar for Joey Dee & the Starliters. In 1975 he first came on the screen as an actor with The Death Collector. But Joseph could not figure out his career, so he returned to New York and started running a Hotel. His performance in the movie was seen by Robert De Niro, and he was very much impressed and recommended him to director 'Martin Scorses'.

This served as the beginning of his career. He did numerous roles and his performance was appreciated in many movies and he received nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. He soon became one of the active actors in the industry. He appeared in Easy Money and the epic Once Upon a Time in America. In 1985 he appeared in the sitcom Half Nelson, but the show was a failure and later that he appeared in movies like Moonraker and Man on Fire.

In 1989, he appeared in Lethal Weapon 2 opposite Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. He was even seen in the third and fourth installments of the show. The year 1990, was one of the most successful years for him as he bagged the role in the super hit movie Home Alone and his second release was GoodFellas for which he won the Oscar. His work was very much appreciated by everyone and hence he won many awards by the critics for it.

In 1995, he again collaborated with De Niro and Scorsese for Casino, after which he did Gone Fishin' and Duffel Bag. Both the movie turned to be the huge flop and was again a question on Pesci. He retired in 1999 after which he appeared in some movie as cameo appearance one of which is The Good Shepherd, by De Niro in 2006. He had been married three times, but all the three times his fate was not that good and got divorced. He has one daughter named Tiffany.

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Joe Pesci was born on 9th February, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. He was born to a barber Mary and a driver and bartender Angelo Pesci, Joe Pesci is an American actor, musician, and a comedian. Born in an average family, no one had ever imagined that Joe could reach the zenith of success. He is known to play some of the toughest and volatile characters and is famous for his versatile talent. He had approached his dream at a very small age. When he was just five, he had already been acting in various plays and skits in The New York City.

When turned ten, he had already become a regular actor on a television variety show called Startime Kids. He had also to earn a living for which he started working as a barber with his mother. Simultaneously, he began following his passion. Whenever he had time, he used to play the guitar and also started singing with few musical bands including the Joey Dee and the Starliters.

He worked hard for it and finally in the year 1968, came out his album Little Joe Sure Can Sing in which he sang the contemporary pop hits. It was a hit and gave Joe Pesci his much-deserved recognition. He also started performing in local clubs and pubs like Arlington Lounge along with actor Frank Vincent. He also appeared in a show titled The New Vaudevillians in the year 1975, but it lasted just for one week.

Till now he had been acting in dramas and theaters but in the year 1976, he acted in a crime movie The Death Collector alongside Frank Vincent, which was a low budget film. His performance in the film was so classic that directors Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro called him up to act in the movie Raging Bull in which he played the character of Joey La Motta. He won various awards like The BAFTA Film Award.

His biggest achievement was to appear in the musical anthology named The Moonwalker made by Michael Jackson. It gave his talent a new standard. His movies like Smooth Criminal, Once Upon a Time in America, were the blockbusters of his life. He acted in the famous film The Lethal Weapon whose sequels came out in 1989, 1992, and 1998 and he was present in all of them.

He is a great comedian as well and starred in the movie Home Alone in the year 1990 and played Harry Lyme, one of the two burglars. He then came in the sequel of Home Alone which was titled Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He has done some the great pictures of the time.

Joe Mantegna English Actor

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna also known as Joseph Anthony is an American director, actor, writer, voice actor and producer. He started his career with stage performance and later in 1980 he made the appearance in movies. In 1991, he voiced the character of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. With over 100 roles to his account, including the screen and stage, Mantegna scored big in 2006 with a lead role in TV Criminal Minds, where he found still a lot more enduring success. Joe Mantegna was born in Chicago and went to DePaul University, where he studied acting. He made his first stage appearance in 1969 with the classical Hair after which he graduated from the DePaul’s Goodman School of Drama which is now known as the Theatre School in acting. His first appearance on the screen was with the short movie Medusa Challenger. He soon shifted his career into the television industry and got a role in the hit show Soap. He played the character of Juan One and was seen in seven episodes of the show. He even played guest roles in many series like Simon & Simon, The Greatest American Hero, Place; It’s a Living and Bosom Buddies. His stage performances were also very much appreciated by everyone. He was part of Glengarry Glen Ross a play by David Mamet. The role in the play even earned him the Tony Award for the year 1984. His other work as a stage artist includes Speed the Plow in which he was seen with Madonna, The Disappearance of the Jews and A Life in the Theater. After a huge stage success, he moved to the big screen and featured in many movies which include 'The Money Pit' and 'Suspect', 'Compromising Positions', 'Things Change'. In 1988 he won the Venice Film Festival Award for his performance in Things Change as the Best Actor. In the year 1990s, he continued with some good movie like Homicide, The Godfather III, Baby’s Day Out, Celebrity, and Searching for Bobby Fischer, Woody Allen's Alice, Thinner, Forget Paris and much more. He has even voiced for some famous characters of Fat Tony the Springfield mobster on The Simpsons Show. His voice had appeared for more than 25 episodes from 1991 to 2015. He also featured in The Last Don, by Mario Puzo. That role made him get his first nomination at the Emmy Awards. He bagged a role in Lakeboat by David Mamet. In 2007, he got the role of David Rossi in Criminal Minds, a popular TV series. He played the character of David Rossi, the agent who works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit of FBI . His character was a huge hit among the audience, and the show is currently in its 10th season. During this course, he even did some good movie like Redbelt, Nine Lives, and voiced for movies like Cars 2, Justice League: The New Frontier. Joe Mantegna got married to Arlene Vrhel in 1975, and the two have two children Mia, and Gina. He also served as the spokesperson for the Army Historical Foundation. His aim was to develop The National Army Museum. In 2011 he was honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame Award. Another version of Bio... Joe Mantegna was born on 13th November, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. Mantegna was an American producer, director, writer, and actor of Italian origin. He was a voice actor as well. He was born to Joseph Antony Mantegna, who was an insurance agent in Sicily and Marry Anne (Novelli) who was a shipping clerk in Italy. Joe was a Catholic Christian and had studied in the J. Sterling Morton High School in Cicero, Illinois. He wanted to be an actor since always and studied acting at The Goodman School of Drama for two years: from 1967 to 1969. His career started when he played bass in a band named The Apocryphals. He also went on playing with a local group titled The Missing Links and then together they formed a musical band in Chicago. Mantegna is a good human being as well as he still is in touch with his old band mates. In the year 1969, he made his acting debut with the movie Hair. He also wrote a skit named Bleacher Bums which was an award- winning play and it was first featured at Organic Theater Company in Chicago. Initially, he had been performing plays, and his portrayal as Richard Roma made him win The Tony Award. The skit was The Glengarry Glen Ross, which was directed by David Mamet. Till now he had done skits. In the year 1977, he made his feature film debut in the Medusa Challenger. It was a high grosser film, and everyone appreciated Mantegna. Then his role as a dentist named Bruce Fleckstein in the movie Compromising Positions was admired by all. House of Games, Things Change, was the movies which were acclaimed by the critics. His supporting roles in the films 'The Money Pit', 'Suspect' in the year 1987, and 'Weeds' were widely appreciated. In 1990, he proved to be one of the coolest hosts of the show Saturday Night Live. His epic movie was Baby’s Day Out in which he played the role of the hilarious kidnapper. He played a treacherous mobster in the third part of The Godfather and won the Emmy Award for The Rat Pack. In 2004, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at The Italian Film Festival. He came in various animated movies as well and gave his voice for them. In the year 2011, he received a star on the Walk of Fame of Hollywood. The achievements and awards registered under his name are uncountable.

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Joe Sawyer

Joe Sawyer was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on 29 August 1906. He was a film actor who acted in more than 200 films over his 75 year lifetime and in dozens of television roles. Sawyer was born with the birth name Joseph Sauers. Born to parents, Joseph and Lavina Sauers, Joe used his birth name as his billing name for a while but later changed it to Joseph Sawyer. With a forty year long career, Joe was a well-known face on the silver screen throughout 1930’s to 1960’s. He died on April 21, 1982. Although Joe had an Irish look with his fair hair and sturdy, bulky looks, he had a German ancestry. His father, Joseph Sauer was a butcher who died at the age of 24 when Sawyer was just a kid. Joe had a rough childhood. Although he was doing his schooling in Guelph, Ontario, but he was sent to toil at his uncle’s farm, every summer, in Saskatchewan, Canada. However, fate had something more in store for him than just working at a farm. As a young man, Joe moved to California, wanting to pursue his dreams of acting. He graduated high school from the Los Angeles-based Hollywood High School. Following that, he joined the University of Southern California where he began performing in a variety of plays and dramas. His first stroke of luck was here when Gilmore Brown of the Pasadena Playhouse saw his acting stint. He asked Joe to read a part for him and thus, Joe got acquainted with the historic performing arts society of Pasadena, California. Joe played a range of small roles in various uncredited and credited plays and movies. The initial years of his career went in performing minor roles as sidekicks while sharing his green rooms with other actors like him. In one such green room, he met and befriended the then anonymous John Wayne. Gilmore Brown, the director of Pasadena Playhouse, who initially recognized Joe’s talent, recommended him to move to New York and try his hand at acting in Theatres. Following the advice, Joe saved up some money and left. However, he could only get modest pay for the few plays he performed in and was back in Hollywood within three years. Nevertheless, he met Jeane Wood here in Manhattan and got married to her on 22nd December, 1930. She was the daughter of Sam Wood, the famous Hollywood director. However the marriage ended very soon,and they got divorced in 1933. By this time, Joe returned to California and signed a contract with Metro Golden Mayer. Joe Sawyer appeared in a range of films and roles including movies like “College Humor”, “Black Legion”, “The Informer”, and “The Petrified Forest”. His two most popular roles were in the latter two movies. In “The Informer” he played the role of an IRA gunman. The role was widely celebrated by critics and audience alike. In “The Petrified Forest”, Joe played the part of being the henchman to the lead of the movie. Joe always got roles which required a burly Irish-looking guy. He would act well as a cop or contrastingly as a mob man, as a coach or as a footballer, as a bouncer or as a sidekick holding his buddy’s gun. Due to his mostly Irish portrayal of characters and his Irish looks, he was often mistaken to be of Irish descent. However, he was a German. Joe also starred in a variety of television roles including parts in shows like “Maverick” and “Frontier Doctor”. However, his most remembered and celebrated role was his portrayal of Sergeant Biff O’Hara on the show “The Adventures of Rin Tin” aired on ABC from 1954 to 1959. The show was an all-time favorite and stayed on ABC’s second most-watched show, only after the Disney Show. Joe married his second wife, June Golden in 1937. She was the love of his life, and they remained married until her death due to Leukemia in 1960. The couple had five children. But, one of them died in infancy only. Joe, along with his acting career, took up various jobs including housing construction. They built a fulfilled and nourished life for their children with ample facilities and luxury. After the death of his wife June, Joe had a hard time coping with things and eventually left the movie business. He officially retired in 1960. Nevertheless, Joe was coaxed into acting in one last film by his friend John Wayne, “How the West was won.” This movie marked the end of his acting career. Individually, Joe was a man of multiple interests and hobbies. He was an avid reader and loved to eat. He had a great love for traveling and was able to pursue this passion in his later years of giving up work. He was passionate about cars as well as sailing; for cigars as well as shooting. Also, he was a workaholic who sometimes worked from 4 in the morning to 8 at night. Although professionally he was only able to appear in supporting characters throughout his career, personally Joe built a great life with wife, June and his children. According to his children, he was a great father who provided for all their needs and desires. After the death of his wife, he let their house in Glendale and shifted to a smaller place in Beverly Hills. He wholly left the acting business and took up property development as a full-time job. He played an imperative role in various development projects in southern California including the building of a hospital. He spent his summers in Ashland, Oregon in a travelling home at the top of a mount, overseeing the city while his winters were in Palm Springs, California. Joe also spent his later years fulfilling his love for traveling. However, his health started deteriorating and eventually he permanently moved to Oregon to stay close to his son, Riley Sawyer. Joe finally succumbed to liver cancer in 1982 at the age of 75.  

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