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, including raw dramas like Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Once Upon a Time in America, JFK and Casino, and comedies such as My Cousin Vinny, Home Alone and Lethal Weapon 2.
He was also a good friend of stand-up comedian George Carlin, 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, 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.