Pesci first broke into entertainment as a child actor, and by the mids, was starring on the series "Star Time Kids". He even joined with his friend Frank Vincent to start a vaudeville-style comedy act, but met with limited success interestingly, Pesci and Vincent would later go on to co-star in several gangster films together, including Goodfellas and Casino Pesci's first film role was as an uncredited dancer in Hey, Let's Twist! His work in the second film was seen by Robert De Niro , who convinced director Martin Scorsese to cast him as Joey LaMotta in the epic boxing film Raging Bull , which really got him noticed in Hollywood. His comedic talents shone again in the mega-popular Home Alone , and he put in a terrific performance as co-conspirator David Ferrie in JFK He was lured back by Scorsese to play another deranged gangster named Nicky based on real-life hood Tony Spilotro [aka "The Ant"] in the violent Casino , and starred in the comedies 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag and Gone Fishin' , although both failed to fire at the box office. Pesci returned again as fast-talking con man Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 4 In , he announced his retirement from acting and since then, he appeared only occasionally in films, including a cameo appearance in The Good Shepherd Sign In. Edit Joe Pesci.
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He is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of genres and for his collaborations with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the films Raging Bull , Goodfellas , Casino , and The Irishman He announced his retirement from acting in , and has since appeared only occasionally in films. Still Singing Pesci was born on February 9, , in Newark, New Jersey. His mother, Maria Mesce , worked part-time as a barber, and his father, Angelo Pesci, was a forklift driver for General Motors and a bartender. He is of Italian descent, with origins in Turin    and Aquilonia in province of Avellino. By the time Pesci was five years old, he was appearing in plays in New York. As a teenager, Pesci was friends with singers Frankie Valli who is nine years his senior and Tommy DeVito who is 15 years his senior , and in , at age 16, he helped introduce them to singer and songwriter Bob Gaudio , which led to the formation of the band the Four Seasons.
Pesci grew up in a blue-collar family and took acting , dancing, and music classes from an early age. He became a child actor and appeared onstage from the time he was five years old. At the age of 10 he performed regularly on a television variety show called Startime Kids.