Ten fun facts about Joe Pesci


Fact 1
Before becoming an actor he worked as a waiter, nightclub singer, and a guitar player.

Fact 2
Pesci’s last name is translated as “fish” in Italian.

Fact 3
Joe Pesci once recorded an album under the name “Joe Ritchie”. The album was titled “Little Joe Sure Can Sing”. It was released in the 60’s and unfortunately it never became the success he thought it would be.


Fact 4
George Carlin and Joe Pesci were great friends prior to Carlin’s death. Carlin even mentioned Pesci by name in one of his comedy bits.

Fact 5
He won an Oscar for his role in the film “Goodfellas” in 1990.

Fact 6
In 1995 he was offered the role of “Fergie” in the film “Judge Dredd”. He declined the part which was later taken on by Rob Schneider.

Fact 7
While shooting a sparring scene in the film “Raging Bull”, Joe Pesci’s rib was broken when Robert De Niro hit him by accident. The director kept the scene in the movie because of the “realism” of Pesci’s response to the pain.

Fact 8
Joe Pesci was originally considered for the lead role in the film “Throw Momma From The Train”.

Fact 9
Joe Pesci stopped acting for 8 years. He then came out of his 8-year self imposed retirement and start acting again in 2006 appearing in the film “The Good Shepherd”.

Fact 10
At 5’ 4”, Joe Pesci is among the few actors who made it big time despite their short stature.


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Short about Joe Pesci
Is a well-known Italian-American actor who has a long versatile career playing mostly criminals who were more lovable and bumbling rather than villainous.

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