Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci (/ˈpɛʃi/ PESH-ee) is an American actor, singer, musician and comedian, known for playing tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres. He is best known for his role as Harry Lime in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and for co-starring with Robert De Niro in the Martin Scorsese-directed films Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995).
Pesci was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Raging Bull, and later won the award for his role as psychopathic mobster Tommy DeVito (based on Thomas DeSimone) in Goodfellas.
Pesci has starred in a number of other high-profile films, including Easy Money (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Moonwalker(1988), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), JFK (1991), My Cousin Vinny (1992), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), A Bronx Tale (1993), and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). He announced his retirement from acting in 1999, and since then he has appeared only occasionally in films, including a cameo appearance in the 2006 spy thriller The Good Shepherd, directed by De Niro.
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