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). He is also known for starring in the films Home Alone, Casino, and The Irishman, among others.

The words pesce (singular) or pesci (plural) mean “fish” in Italian. Joe’s parents, Mary (Mesce) and Angelo Pesci, were born and raised in New Jersey. All of four of Joe’s grandparents were Italian emigrants. His mother’s family was from Aquilonia, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. His father is said to have had origins in Turin.

Joe has a daughter with his former wife, actress and model Claudia Haro.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was named Santino Pesci.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was named Louise Gaburo (the daughter of Louis Gaburo and Ana).

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Vito Mesce (the son of Donato Antonio Mesce).

Joe’s maternal grandmother was named Filomena/Philomena Lazzolo.

Sources: Genealogy of Joe Pesci –

Joe’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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

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


Curious about ethnicity

24 Responses

  1. andrew says:

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

  2. andrew says:

    pesci means “fish”

  3. BIG PAC says:

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

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