Where Are They Now - Friday, December 15, 2017
I was around the age of 10 when the first Home Alone movie came out, and I thought the two bad guys were the funniest thing ever. Little did I know that one of the bad guys was famous actor Joe Pesci, who already had some big films under his belt, including Raging Bull and Goodfellas; which got him an Oscar.
Today we are finding out whatever happened to this versatile actor. Read on to find out where Joe Pesci is now...
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Norman Fell: Played Mr. Roper on the TV series "Three's Company"
Ruth Buzzi: She was a regular on the TV show "Laugh-In"
Julia Duffy: Played Stephanie Vanderkellen on the TV series "Newhart" and Alison Sugarbaker on the series "Designing Women"
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About Joe Pesci on Celebrity Nooz
February 9, 1943, Newark, New Jersey
Joseph Frank Pesci
CLAIM TO FAME:
He is known for his leading roles in many big films, including Goodfellas, My Cousin Vinny, and Casino.
Pesci was married to Claudia Martha Haro from 1988 to 1992, and they had one daughter Tiffany. In 2008, Pesci was reportedly engaged to actress/model Angie Everhart, although she denies they were ever actually engaged. They broke up that same year.
Pesci's acting career began at a young age when he starred in the series Star Time Kids. In the 60s he released an album under the name Joe Ritchie which was called Little Joe Sure Can Sing.
He played guitar for many bands, and had a vaudeville-style comedy act with friend Frank Vincent for a short time. The pair went on to co-star in several gangster films together, including Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995).
His big break was in Martin Scorsese's boxing film Raging Bull (1980). He went on to star in Easy Money (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and Goodfellas (1990).
He displayed his comedic side in the super popular Home Alone (1990), and reprised the role for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). Other films include JFK (1991), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), My Cousin Vinny (1992), Casino (1995), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997) and Gone Fishin' (1997).
In 1998, he released his second LP (his first album in 30 years) called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, which contained the single Wise Guy.Most of the album was big band Jazz, and paid homage to his character name from the 1991 film classic My Cousin Vinny, not only through its album title, but also by its lead track "Yo Cousin Vinny".
Was a close friend of George Carlin.
Is an avid golfer.
Is good friends with fellow actor and frequent co-star, Robert De Niro.
His performance as "Tommy DeVito" in Goodfellas (1990) is ranked #96 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Played guitar for Joey Dee and the Starliters.
Pesci is one of the producers of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which is based on the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Pesci did a cameo in Robert De Niro's 2006 film The Good Shepherd, and is the star of the 2010 drama Love Ranch, alongside Helen Mirren.
WHERE IS HE NOW:
Currently, Pesci is working on the highly-anticipated film The Irishman with past collaborators Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese. It's scheduled to be released in 2018.
2015 A Warrior's Tail...Komar (English version, voice)
2010 Love Ranch...Charlie Bontempo
2006 The Good Shepherd...Joseph Palmi
1998 Lethal Weapon 4...Leo Getz
1997 Gone Fishin'...Joe Waters
1997 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag...Tommy
1995 Casino...Nicky Santoro
1994 With Honors...Simon Wilder
1994 Jimmy Hollywood...Jimmy Alto
1993 The Pink Panther (TV Series)...Dogfather / Puggs (voice)
1993 A Bronx Tale...Carmine
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York...Harry Lime
1992 The Public Eye...Leon Bernstein
1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)...Vic / Jack
- Split Personality
1992 Lethal Weapon 3...Leo Getz
1992 My Cousin Vinny...Vinny Gambini
1991 JFK...David Ferrie
1991 The Super...Louie Kritski
1990 Home Alone...Harry Lime
1990 Goodfellas...Tommy DeVito
1990 Betsy's Wedding...Oscar Henner
1990 Catchfire...Leo Carelli (uncredited)
1989 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway...John Dos Passos
1989 Lethal Weapon 2...Leo Getz
1988 Moonwalker...Mr. Big
1987 Man on Fire...David
1985 Half Nelson (TV Series)...Rocky Nelson
1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie)...Rocky Nelson
1984 Tutti dentro...Corrado Parrisi
1984 Once Upon a Time in America...Frankie Manoldi
1983 Easy Money...Nicky Cerone
1982 Dear Mr. Wonderful...Ruby Dennis
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can...Roger
1980 Raging Bull...Joey
1976 The Death Collector...Joe
1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)...Musician Leader / Lead Musician
1961 Hey, Let's Twist!...Dancer at the Peppermint Club (uncredited)
To see Then & Now pictures of Joe Pesci, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Norman Fell - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 03/24/1924 Died: 12/14/1998
Ruth Buzzi - ALIVE
Julia Duffy - ALIVE
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Simon Dickie, 66, New Zealand rower, Olympic champion (1968, 1972), fall from balcony.
Ryusuke Morimoto (ja), 77, Japanese calligrapher.
Floro Bogado, 78, Argentine politician, lawyer and diplomat.
Michael Clendenin, 83, American newspaper editor (New York Daily News) and reporter, winner of Pulitzer Prize (1974).
Pat DiNizio, 62, American singer and musician (The Smithereens).
Hayden Haitana, 72, New Zealand-born Australian racehorse trainer, substituted winning horse in Fine Cotton scandal.
Manny Jiménez, 79, Dominican baseball player (Kansas City Athletics).
Ed Lee, 65, American politician, mayor of San Francisco (since 2011), heart attack.
Lewis Manilow, 90, American lawyer and philanthropist, Alzheimer's disease.
Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, 104, Israeli Haredi rabbi.
Zarley Zalapski, 49, Canadian ice hockey player (Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames), complications of a viral infection.
Keith Chegwin, 60, English television presenter (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop) and actor (Macbeth), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Jean-François Coatmeur (fr), 92, French writer.
Joey Corpus, 59, Filipino-American violin teacher.
Paul T. Fader, 58, American politician, Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (1998-2003).
Aline Griffith, Dowager Countess of Romanones, 94, Spanish-American cipher clerk, aristocrat, socialite and writer.
Jorge Schiaffino Isunza (es), 70, Mexican politician, member of the Chamber of Deptues (1988-1991).
Charles Robert Jenkins, 77, American soldier, deserted to North Korea.
Vera Katz, 84, American politician, member (1973-1990) and Speaker (1985-1990) of the Oregon House of Representatives, Mayor of Portland, Oregon (1993-2005), leukemia.
Otto Kern (de), 67, German fashion designer and entrepreneur.
Suzanna Leigh, 72, British actress (Paradise, Hawaiian Style), liver cancer.
Walter Mafli (fr), 102, Swiss painter.
John P. Yates, 96, American politician, member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1993-2016).
Angry Grandpa, 67, American Internet personality (YouTube), cirrhosis.
Masood Ahmed Barkati, 84, Pakistani children's author, editor of Hamdard Naunihal.
Simeon Booker, 99, American journalist (The Washington Post, Jet, Ebony), complications from pneumonia.
Macon Brock, 75, American retail executive (Dollar Tree) and philanthropist, complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Bruce Brown, 80, American documentarian (The Endless Summer).
Manno Charlemagne, 69, Haitian singer-songwriter, guitarist and politician, Mayor of Port-au-Prince (1995-1999), cancer.
Max Clifford, 74, British publicist and convicted sex offender, heart attack.
Collier Bay, 27, British racehorse.
René Cruse (fr), 95, French writer.
François Régis Hutin (fr), 88, French journalist.
Arnold Maran, 80, Scottish surgeon, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1997-2000).
Toni Mascolo, 75, Italian-born British hairdresser and businessman (Toni & Guy).
Benjamin Massing, 55, Cameroonian footballer (Créteil, national team).
Viktor Potapov, 70, Russian sailor, Olympic bronze medalist (1972), car accident.
Roy Reed, 87, American journalist (The New York Times), stroke.
Antonio Riboldi, 94, Italian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Arcerra (1978-1999).
Joël Sarlot, 71, French politician, Deputy (1993-2008), Senator (2008-2011).
Lalji Singh, 70, Indian biologist and zoologist.
Jernej Šugman, 48, Slovenian actor, heart attack.
Eva Todor, 98, Hungarian-born Brazilian actress, pneumonia.
Lev Venediktov, 93, Russian-born Ukrainian choirmaster and teacher, People's Artist of the USSR (1979), Hero of Ukraine (2004).
Drahomíra Vihanová, 87, Czech filmmaker, documentarist and screenwriter.
James Joseph Brady, 73, American judge, member of the U.S. District Court for Middle Louisiana (since 2000).
Leonid Bronevoy, 88, Ukrainian-born Russian actor (Simple Things), People's Artist of the USSR (1987).
Frances Esemplare, 83, American actress (The Sopranos).
Ching Li, 72, Taiwanese actress.
Stu Evey, 84, American sports broadcasting executive, founding chairman of ESPN (1979-1984).
Lando Fiorini, 79, Italian actor and singer.
Damian Le Bas, 54, British artist.
Marshall Loeb, 88, American business journalist (Fortune, Money), Parkinson's disease.
Luiz Carlos Maciel (pt), 79, Brazilian philosopher, writer and journalist, multiple organ failure.
Grant Munro, 94, Canadian animator and filmmaker.
Joe Newton, 88, American track and field coach, York (Ill.) High School (1956-2016).
Leon Rhodes, 85, American guitarist.
Kevin Robinson, 45, American BMX rider, stroke.
Sukharanjan Sengupta, 85, Indian journalist.
Lionginas Šepetys, 90, Lithuanian politician, chairman of Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR, co-signatory of Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.
Charles Skeete, 79, Barbadian economist.
Gábor Albert (hu), 88, Hungarian writer, translator, and librarian.
Kuno Areng (et), 88, Estonian choir director.
Ron Boehm, 74, Canadian ice hockey player (Oakland Seals).
James P. Cullen, 72, American brigadier-general, member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Vladimir Curbet, 87, Moldovan choreographer, People's Artist of the USSR (1981).
Pál Dárdai, 66, Hungarian football player and manager.
Josy Eisenberg, 83, French television producer and rabbi.
Magda Fedor, 103, Hungarian sports shooter.
Carlos María Franzini, 66, Argentine Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Rafaela (2000-2012), Archbishop of Mendoza (since 2012).
Howard Gottfried, 94, American film producer (Network), stroke.
Jack Hayward, 86, British politicial scientist.
Sunny Murray, 81, American jazz drummer (Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler).
Atsutoshi Nishida, 73, Japanese businessman, President of Toshiba (2005-2009), heart attack.
Flerida Ruth Pineda-Romero, 88, Filipino judge, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1991-1999).
Tubby Raymond, 91, American football coach (Delaware Blue Hens), national champion (1979).
Im Sothy, 70, Cambodian politician, MP (since 1993), Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (2004-2013).
Ocimar Versolato, 56, Brazilian fashion designer, aneurysm following a stroke.