Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor, comedian and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of genres and for his collaborations with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in the films Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995) and the upcoming The Irishman (2019). He also appeared in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Moonwalker (1988), JFK (1991), and A Bronx Tale (1993), and The Good Shepherd (2006). His comedy roles include such films as My Cousin Vinny (1992), Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and the Lethal Weapon franchise.
Pesci won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic gangster Tommy DeVito (based on Thomas DeSimone) in Goodfellas; he had been previously nominated for the same award for his role as Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull. He announced his retirement from acting in 1999, and since then he has appeared only occasionally in films, including a cameo appearance in the 2006 spy thriller, The Good Shepherd (2006) directed by De Niro. He is set to star in Scorsese's latest film for Netflix, in the biographical crime film The Irishman (2019). He is also known for his studio album Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You.