Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci

Pesci in 2001, photo by PR Photos

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 –


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