Oscar Actors: Pesci, Joe–Best Supporting Actor, Goodfellas (1990)

 An accomplished character actor,  Joe Pesci is best known for playing tough guys, in a variety of genres, such as Vincent Gambini in the comedy My Cousin Vinny (1992), as Harry Lime in the smash hits Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and as Leo Getz in the popular Lethal Weapon franchise.

He co-starred with Robert De Niro in three of Scorsese’s best films: Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).

Pesci won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1990, at his second nomination, for his role as the psychopathic gangster Tommy DeVito (based on Thomas DeSimone) in Goodfellas. He was 47.

He had been previously nominated in the same category as De Niro’s brother, Joey LaMotta, in Raging Bull.

 

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