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->''What do ya mean, funny? Let me understand this 'cause, I don't know, maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how? I mean, funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh... I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny? What the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me.''
-->--'''Tommy [=DeVito=] (played by the man himself), ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'''''

Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci (born February 9, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, singer and musician. Usually known for playing violent mafia mobsters or grouchy but lovable funnymen, Pesci has starred in a number of high-profile films such as ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', ''RagingBull'', ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'', ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', ''Film/{{JFK}}'', ''Film/HomeAlone'', ''Film/HomeAlone2: Lost in New York'', ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', ''Film/LethalWeapon3'', ''Film/LethalWeapon4'' and ''Film/{{Casino}}''. He has proven himself very adept at raw drama (''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', ''Film/{{Casino}}'') and comedy (''Film/MyCousinVinny'', ''Film/HomeAlone'')

He is famous for portraying characters with terrifying {{Hair Trigger Temper}}s. He has a [[ClusterFBomb really]] [[SirSwearsalot filthy mouth]].[[note]]How filthy you ask? On the set of ''HomeAlone'', Creator/ChrisColumbus placed a SwearJar for the adult actors to place change in whenever they used bad language. Supposedly, Pesci filled it up in a single day.[[/note]]

He was also a good friend of stand-up comedian Creator/GeorgeCarlin, who said in his routines that he prayed to Pesci, because he "looks like a guy who can get things done".

Despite playing dangerous sociopaths, [[MeanCharacterNiceActor he is known as an extremely humble, soft-spoken man]] who gave one of the shortest speeches in Oscar history after winning Best Supporting Actor for ''Goodfellas''. (It was six words long and clocked in at an incredible ''three seconds''.)
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