->''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'', ''Home Alone 2: 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. Though in fairness, he was also working on ''Goodfellas'' at the time...[[/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''. He simply took a breath and said "It was my privilege. Thank you." It was over in ''three seconds''. The reason for the brevity is that he really didn't think he would win and didn't prepare a speech, he was genuinely surprised.