A consummate character actor, Joe Pesci rose to success on the strength of a series of Martin Scorsese films including his co-starring role in 1980's Raging Bull and his Oscar-winning turn as Tommy DeVito in 1990's Goodfellas. His stardom was enhanced by his parts in the Lethal Weapon and Home Alone franchises in the early '90s, and he used his fame to relaunch a musical career that had lain dormant since the late '60s. Born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey, Pesci was a child actor who began his radio career at the age of four. Broadway beckoned just a year later, and by 1953 he was a regular on the television variety program Star Time Kids. His acting career stalled during his teen years, however, and by the mid-'60s he'd mounted a musical career under the name Joe Ritchie, recording an LP titled Little Joe Sure Can Sing, and ...
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