Joe Pesci

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

Joe Pesci

Birth Name: Joseph Frank Pesci

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 9, 1943

Ethnicity: Italian

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 –

Obituary of Joe’s aunt (father’s sister) –

Joe’s mother in the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by PR Photos

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andrew September 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm
andrew October 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Joe’s mother, Maria Mesce, was born c. 1913 in Aquilonia, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy.

follers October 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

His mother was born in New Jersey.

Rachel Bilson’s maternal grandparents were born in the U.S., too.

andrew October 7, 2015 at 1:22 am

they skipped a generation.

neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

can anybody tell me what happened to his eyes ?

I was watching HOME ALONE several times even in HD and he had dark brown eyes

but now he seems to have pure blue eyes

what happened ?

andrew August 8, 2015 at 11:17 am
neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 11:35 am

nice answer

i know what heterochromia is

but he had both brown eyes in the 90s and now obviously on this picture two full blue eyes

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 1:00 am

Probably wears a blue eye contact on one of his eye to “even” it out.

fuzzybear44 October 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm

@ Andrew

I knew Africans had this ,but I didn’t know Europeans had it to. I actually forgot about this mutation, when I was talking about Africans with blue eyes. Thanks for bringing it up.

neiltennant July 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm

AFRICANS with this phenomenon are ill

this is the so called WARDENBURG syndrome

JOE PESCI however looks very white

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 8:09 am

oh my god does JOE PESCI have blue eyes?

I M fan of him since 1991 HOME ALONE and thought he had brown eyes

the other bandit on Home Alone was the guy with the blue eyes o??

andrew January 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

pesci means “fish”

nnnnn January 21, 2013 at 12:39 am

He looks like a fish

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

for those who say italians are white. joe pesci don’t look white.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Lopac, when are you going to grow up and get a life?

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

when are you going to get laid.

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

and stop calling me lopac I don’t know who that is.

COOLGUY2012 July 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm


neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 5:07 am

please go away with your fucking claims and fairytales

nnnnn January 21, 2013 at 12:48 am

First of all, what’s is “white”? We studied at school, there
are only 3 races: black (from Africa), asian, and all other
belong to white race. I myself was confused with a word
“indo-european”, but people from India are white, too,
even if they have a very tanned skin and black hair.
Arabs and south-europeans, who are “mixed”(raped)
by some moors, are white, too.

Racial Realist August 11, 2017 at 9:25 am

You must have went to a special school inside of a cess pit. There are a hell of a lot more races than three, and people from India being white is a laughable claim.

nnnnn January 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

So, you mean, he’s african american?

the punisher November 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

he looks north frican

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 12:53 am

Hm, he doesn’t look especially african-american to me.

the punisher November 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

he looks north african

andrew November 27, 2013 at 3:13 am

u lost the plot this time

Dan November 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Let me guess…your IQ is the same as the speed limit in most major metropolitan cities? Please enlighten me as to what isn’t white about a man that can trace his entire family history right back to Europe? Italians are White/European and they (along with the Greeks) developed and invented civilization. With a name like “BIG PAC” it’s really hard to take you seriously, and I definitely know what ignorant ethnicity you are just by that stupid, uneducated nickname…lol. Moron.

Jordan April 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

hah, nice troll.

Racial Realist August 11, 2017 at 9:28 am

He looks Italian, whiteness is for the most part, a social construct, but he does look “European”.
The only reason you think he doesn’t look “white”, is because you’ve bought into hispanics as a race. Joe Pesci may look somewhat hispanic to some, but hispanics are overwhelmingly southern European, even Mexican people are mostly European, people just don’t realize how swarthy med types can be, and how vastly different their features can be.

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