Birth Name: Joseph Frank Pesci
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 9, 1943
Joe Pesci is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Goodfellas (1990).
The words “pesce” (singular) or “pesci” (plural) mean “fish” in Italian. Joe’s parents, Mary (Mesce) and Angelo Pesci, were both born and raised in New Jersey. All of four of Joe’s grandparents were Italian immigrants. His mother’s family was from Aquilonia, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.
Joe has a daughter with his former wife, actress and model Claudia Haro.
Joe’s paternal grandparents were Santino Pesci and Louise Gaburo (the daughter of Louis Gaburo and Ana).
Joe’s maternal grandparents were Vito Mesce (the son of Donato Antonio Mesce) and Filomena/Philomena Lazzolo.
Sources: Joe’s father in the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Joe’s aunt (father’s sister) – http://www.legacy.com
Joe’s mother in the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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