Joseph Frank Pesci popularly known as Joe Pesci is an Academy Award winning American actor, musician and comedian. This brilliant actor needs no introduction for many of us 90s kids, as his performance as one of the blundering burglars struggling to get past a little child in ‘Home Alone’ and its sequel is something we can never forget.
Joe Pesci is one of those rare actors who have effortlessly mastered the art of both comedy and drama with unforgettable roles in films, like ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘My Cousin Vinny’ under his belt. Now, a retired actor, he mostly does cameos for friends from the industry and devotes much of his time towards his passion for music. Let’s find out how much is Joe Pesci’s net worth in 2018.
Joe Pesci Early Life
Born into a humble household in Newark, New Jersey to a part time barber mother Mary and a forklift driver and bartender father Angelo Pesci, Joe Pesci was brought up in Belleville, New Jersey. He received his schooling from Belleville High School where he started to take part in plays from the tender age of 5. By the time he turned 10, he was already a regular on a variety show on television called ‘Startime Kids’.
After leaving school, Joe Pesci spent his time working at odd jobs, dabbling with music, releasing his debut album ‘Little Joe Sure Can Sing!’, performing comic acts at local clubs with close friend Frank Vincent and even appearing in a low scale film called ‘The Death Collector’ before he was finally launched into Hollywood with the Martin Scorsese classic ‘Raging Bull’ in 1980. The rest as they say is history!
On the personal front, Joe Pesci has been married and divorced thrice. His third wife was renowned model cum actress Claudia Haro with whom he has a daughter named Tiffany. He divorced Claudia in 1992. Later, he was engaged to Angie Everhart for about a year before splitting with her in 2008.
Joe Pesci Career, Awards & Achievement
Renowned filmmaker Martin Scorsese noticed Joe Pesci in ‘The Death Collector’ and impressed by his art offered him the part of Joey Lamotta in his 1980 classic film ‘Raging Bull’ alongside Robert De Niro. The film not only brought Joe critical acclaim, but also gave to the world the trio of Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. Their association has never failed to impress even after all these years with commercially and critically acclaimed films, like ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (1984), ‘Goodfellas’ (1990) and ‘Casino’ (1995) to their credit. They are all set to reunite for ‘The Irishman’, a film being made for a Netflix release in 2019.
Joe Pesci’s illustrious list of films include a musical anthology film on Michael Jackson called ‘Moonwalker’, the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series that got him noticed for his comic timing, ‘Dear Mr. Wonderful’, ‘Eureka’, ‘Bronx Tale’, ‘JFK’, ‘The Public Eye’, ‘Man on Fire’, ‘The Super’, ‘With Honors’ and ‘Gone Fishin’’ among others.
Joe Pesci also made his TV debut with a comedy series called ‘Half Nelson’ in 1985. He returned to television as the host of popular sketch comedy ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1992, as part of the promotions for his film ‘My Friend Vinny’.
He returned to music after 30 years with his 2nd gangsta themed album ‘Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You’ which became quite popular among the masses and encouraged Joe to take a voluntary retirement from acting to pursue his passion for music. He finally announced his retirement in 1999 and since then has mostly appeared in cameo roles.
Awards & Achievements
In 1981, Joe Pesci was awarded with a BAFTA for Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. His Martin Scorsese film ‘Goodfellas’ brought him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1990.
Net Worth of Joe Pesci
The estimated net worth of Joe Pesci is a considerable $50 million. Apart from an illustrious cinema career, he has also tasted success as a musician and is the brand ambassador of many renowned brands, like Snickers chocolate bar.
Joe Pesci’s remarkable career is a testament to the fact that true talent and determination never fail to bear fruit. All you have to do is believe. As for the future, we hope he returns with a bang with ‘The Irishman’ and delights us with his incredible performance all over again.