Joe Pesci's Interesting Facts

1 He was nominated for the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services in the Performance Arts.
2 In 1992 he reprised the only 2 film roles that he played at least 2 times - Leo Getz in "Lethal Weapon 3" (a role which he would also play again for the fourth installment in 1998) and Harry in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York".
3 His portrayal of Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas (1990) has been the subject of several parodies. The character "Pesto" in the Animaniacs sketch "Goodfeathers," has DeVito's short temper and tendency to misinterpret a compliment. On "The Joe Pesci Show" on Saturday Night Live, Pesci (played by Jim Brewer) is shown to have that same tendency, only to have the real Pesci show up, deny that he is like that in real life, only to lose his temper and beat up Jim Brewer a la Tommy DeVito. And in the film Jersey Boys (2014), his character (played by Joseph Russo), even quotes Pesci's famous "funny how?" line from the film. That is even more fitting in this film, as it charts his relationship with the real Tommy DeVito.
4 His acceptance speech at the Academy Awards is the second shortest in history at just six words and three seconds. The shortest is Alfred Hitchcock who simply said ''Thanks'' when receiving his Lifetime achievement award.
5 Despite being known for playing short-tempered and violent characters, his co-stars have always spoken fondly of him and described him as soft-spoken and humble.
6 Is known to have a very foul mouth, both on and off screen. On the set of Home Alone, Chris Columbus placed a Swear Jar for the adult actors to place change in whenever they used bad language. Supposedly, Pesci filled it up in a single day.
7 Had a daughter (born around 1967) from his first marriage.
8 Joe was 21-years-old when he married his first wife in 1964.
9 Was in a relationship with Leighanne Littrell, wife of Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell, from 1995-1997.
10 He was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for Arts and Entertainment.
11 Is a producer of the multi-Tony-winning stage musical 'Jersey Boys", about the formation of the famous "Four Seasons" group, and his real-life role in the formation of the group was portrayed in the original Broadway production of the show by Michael Longoria.
12 In July 2011 he sued the producers of Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, claiming they'd promised him a major role in the film for which he had packed on extra pounds, and then changed their minds, offering him a minor character.
13 Has one daughter, Tiffany.
14 Was considered for the role of Owen in Throw Momma from the Train (1987).
15 (Late April 2008) Ended his 9-month engagement to Angie Everhart. The couple had been together for 8 years.
16 The Good Shepherd (2006) , in 2006, was the first movie he had made in 8 years.
17 According to Maxim magazine, he wrote and directed the "You think I'm funny?" scene from Goodfellas (1990) at director Martin Scorsese's request.
18 Robert De Niro accidentally broke his rib in a sparring scene in Raging Bull (1980). This shot appears in the film: De Niro hits Pesci in the side, Pesci groans, and there is a quick cut to another angle.
19 Childhood friends with Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. Introduced them to Bob Gaudio. Valli, DeVito, Massi, and Gaudio became the rock group The Four Seasons.
20 Pesci's performance as "Tommy DeVito" in Goodfellas (1990) is ranked #96 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
21 Was the original choice to play "Fergie" in Judge Dredd (1995) but turned it down. The part was given to Rob Schneider, instead.
22 He has a house in Lavalette, New Jersey. In the 1980s, he established a reputation as a community Little League baseball coach.
23 Sang as Joe Doggs with jazz organ player Joey DeFrancesco. They recorded an album on Concord Records in 2003 titled, "Joey DeFrancesco featuring Joe Doggs, Falling in Love Again."
24 Very good friends with fellow actor and frequent co-star, Robert De Niro.
25 Is an avid golfer
26 Did Judo in his teens
27 Italian-American
28 After winning the Oscar for his role as Tom DeVito in the movie Goodfellas (1990) his entire acceptance speech was "This is an honor and privilege, thank you." When asked why he didn't say more he said "I really didn't think I was going to win".
29 Close friend of George Carlin, and mentioned by Carlin in his bit "There is No God.".
30 The word pesci in Italian means "fish" (plural).
31 Born at 11:45am-EWT
32 Eyes are different colors.
33 Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro tracked down Pesci after seeing him in The Death Collector (1976) because they felt he was perfect for the role of Joey La Motta in Raging Bull (1980). Before they persuaded him to take the role, Pesci had been on the verge of giving up his faltering acting career.
34 Started out with Joey Dee and The Starliters, working his way around as a waiter and singing and playing guitar in local nightclubs.
35 He recorded an album in the 60s under the name Joe Ritchie. Titled "Little Joe Sure Can Sing", it flopped.
36 Reprised his character from My Cousin Vinny (1992) for his 1998 album "Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You". The single "Yo Cousin Vinny" was a hit in some European countries.
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