Joe Pantoliano

With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business (1983) to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), Cyph...

Born on September 12, 1951

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Height 1.76m / 5' 9"

Biography

With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business (1983) to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), Cypher in The Matrix (1999) and Teddy in Memento (2000).Pantoliano was born September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, New Jersey, the son of Mary (Centrella) and Dominic Pantoliano, first-generation Italian Americans who split when Joe was twelve years old (though they never officially divorced). His mother was a seamstress and bookie, and his father was a hearse driver and foreman at a factory. Despite suffering from severe dyslexia that made studies difficult for him, Pantoliano displayed acting talent from an early age and moved to Manhattan after high school to pursue an acting career.After four years in Manhattan that included auditions, acting classes, waiting tables and a role as Billy Bibbit in the touring production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Joe Pantoliano moved to California to pursue television and film acting. Joe was successful in landing a number of television roles before getting his feature film debut in The Idolmaker (1980), but his true Hollywood breakthrough came with his turn opposite a 21-year-old Tom Cruise as ruthless pimp Guido in 1983's Risky Business (1983). A wide array of TV and film roles followed that have led Joe to work with many of Hollywood's brightest talents, both on-screen and off, including Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Lilly Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Christopher Nolan and many others.Winner of a primetime Emmy for his work on The Sopranos (1999), for which he also received two SAG Award nominations, Joe Pantoliano is married to former model Nancy Sheppard, with whom he has two daughters, Daniella and Isabella. Pantoliano also has a son, Marco, from a previous marriage, and a step-daughter, Melody.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Almost always seen wearing a cap, even in some of his movie roles

High, husky voice

Often plays amoral or deceitful characters

Trivia

Daughter Isabella Grace born 27 August 1998.

At age seventeen he moved from his hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, to Manhattan to study to become a barber.

Italian-American.

Keen wine buff. On a recent episode of Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five (2001) on IFC, he was choosing the wine, inquiring about a '97 Ornellaia before settling on a '79 Tignanello. When the wine was presented to him for tasting, he picked up that it was corked and asked the sommelier to taste it himself, and the sommelier concurred.

One of his favourite movies is Shrek (2001).

Formerly co-owner of Beverly Hills' Grand Havana Room.

Has a son and two daughters: Marco Pantoliano, Michelle Pantoliano, and Melody Pantoliano.

Parents are Dominic and Mary.

Son Marco born in 1981.

Has a younger sister named Mary Ann.

Quotes

My real fear playing Ralphie in The Sopranos was that I would be typescast. Luckily, like Jimmy Gandolfini, I was able to get plenty of other work - Bad Boys 2 and Daredevil in particular. But in a way, Ralphie encouraged me to do more, to ensure he didn't define me. That's why I did Frankie & Johnny on Broadway and, to be honest, it's why I took the role in The Handler - to show my fanbase that there's more to me that just that nutcase, Ralphie.

A character actor to me was someone who played a bunch of different roles versus a leading man or supporting actor, I wanted to be a character actor and do good parts. The guys that inspired me were Spencer Tracy, Robert Duvall, Albert Finney and Michael Caine, you, know, urban guys that came from the street. I just thought if they could do it, then so could I. They were the kinda guys who started out being the fourth guy through the door and then, at last, they get a line of dialogue.

On making the transition from character actor to leading actor: It doesn't make any difference if you're a lead. It's all playtime.

They say that politics is show business for ugly people.

I liked Matrix Reloaded better than I liked the first one. I haven't seen Revolutions. I loved Cypher. He was very human. He was the one guy that doubted Morpheus, that doubted the real world. He was best served to go back into The Matrix and be a movie star and never know he was out of it. What a deal that would be!

Going to work for me is very reminiscent of high school. You go and you've got your clique of friends. You go to the cafeteria with everybody. If you can do it, it's the best job in the world.

Spouses

Nancy Sheppard Nancy Sheppard February 18, 1994 - present (3 children)
Morgan Kester Morgan Kester March 31, 1979 - February 23, 1984 (divorced) (1 child)

Filmography

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Ronnie(1episode,1988)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself(1episode,1990)
M*A*S*H M*A*S*H Cpl.GeraldMullen/...(1episode,1981)
For Pete's Sake  For Pete's Sake  UndercoverCopwhoarrestsMark(uncredited)
Free Country Free Country LouisPeschi(3episodes,1978)
Eischied Eischied Boy(1episode,1979)
From Here to Eternity From Here to Eternity Pvt.AngeloMaggio(3episodes,1979)
Hart to Hart Hart to Hart FrankTisdale/...(2episodes,1981-1984)
Trapper John, M.D. Trapper John, M.D. MichaelMerrow(1episode,1984)
More Than Friends  More Than Friends  Ralph
Me and the Kid  Me and the Kid  Roy
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(1episode,2008)
Hill Street Blues Hill Street Blues SonnyOrsini(2episodes,1984)
Simon & Simon Simon & Simon Carl(1episode,1984)
The Final Terror  The Final Terror  Eggar
Chicago Story Chicago Story Cooney(1episode,1982)
Monsignor  Monsignor  Pvt.JoeMusso
Hardcastle and McCormick Hardcastle and McCormick TeddyHollins(1episode,1983)
Deadly Nightmares Deadly Nightmares BrotherCharles(1episode,1989)
Eddie and the Cruisers  Eddie and the Cruisers  DocRobbins
Amazing Stories Amazing Stories Joe(1episode,1986)
Robert Kennedy and His Times Robert Kennedy and His Times RoyCohn(1episode,1985)
The Goonies  The Goonies  Francis
L.A. Law L.A. Law RobCavanaugh(1episode,1986)
Running Scared  Running Scared  Snake
Amazon Women on the Moon  Amazon Women on the Moon  SySwerdlow(segment"Hairlooming")
Empire of the Sun  Empire of the Sun  FrankDemarest
La Bamba  La Bamba  BobKeane
Scenes from the Goldmine  Scenes from the Goldmine  MannyRicci
The Squeeze  The Squeeze  Norman
The In Crowd  The In Crowd  PerryParker
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself(1episode,2003)
The Simpsons The Simpsons Dante(1episode,2006)
Tales from the Crypt Tales from the Crypt CasinoDealer/...(2episodes,1989-1992)
Backstreet Dreams  Backstreet Dreams  PaulAntangeli(uncredited)
Short Time  Short Time  Scalese
Zandalee  Zandalee  Gerri
Civil Wars Civil Wars StanDeMarco(1episode,1991)
One Special Victory  One Special Victory  Daniel
Highlander Highlander DoctorWilder(1episode,1992)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself(2episodes,2001-2011)
Through the Eyes of a Killer  Through the Eyes of a Killer  Jerry
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself(1episode,2003)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself(2episodes,2002-2003)
NYPD Blue NYPD Blue VinnieGreco(3episodes,1995)
Calendar Girl  Calendar Girl  HarveyDarpinian
The Fugitive  The Fugitive  CosmoRenfro
Three of Hearts  Three of Hearts  Mickey
Baby's Day Out  Baby's Day Out  Norby
The Spy Within  The Spy Within  AttorneyBrezner
Teresa's Tattoo  Teresa's Tattoo  Bruno
Life with Louie Life with Louie JojoStomopolous(1episode,1996)
The Marshal The Marshal Cameris(1episode,1995)
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits StanHarbinger(1episode,1999)
Bad Boys  Bad Boys  CaptainHoward
The Immortals  The Immortals  PeteTunnell
The Immortals  The Immortals 
Steal Big Steal Little  Steal Big Steal Little  EddieAgopian,Ruben'sLawyer
Arli$$ Arli$$ VicFreed(1episode,1996)
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself(2episodes,1997-2001)
EZ Streets EZ Streets JimmyMurtha(12episodes,1996-1997)
The Art of the Cigar  The Art of the Cigar  Himself
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice  Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice  Det.MeyerMeyer
Natural Enemy  Natural Enemy  Stuart
Tinseltown  Tinseltown  Arnie
Tinseltown  Tinseltown 
Pitch  Pitch  Himself
The Matrix  The Matrix  Cypher
Hercules Hercules KingPan(1episode,1998)
Forces of Nature  Forces of Nature  CabDriver(uncredited)
The Sopranos The Sopranos RalphCifaretto(21episodes,2001-2004)
The Lionhearts The Lionhearts (5episodes,1998)
Black & White  Black & White  BillKing
Parrain malgré lui  Parrain malgré lui  CharlieFlynn
Bad Boys II  Bad Boys II  CaptainHoward
Godzilla: The Series Godzilla: The Series AnimalPalotti/...(8episodes,1998-2001)
New Blood  New Blood  Hellman
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Himself(1episode,2002)
Sugar Hill Sugar Hill Joe(unknownepisodes)
Roswell Roswell KalLangley(2episodes,2001)
Memento  Memento  Teddy
Ready to Rumble  Ready to Rumble  TitusSinclair
Grand Theft Auto 3  Grand Theft Auto 3  LuigiGoterelli(voice)
Beethoven Beethoven Sparky(12episodes,1994)
Daredevil  Daredevil  BenUrich
Dinner for Five Dinner for Five Himself(1episode,2003)
The Nick Cannon Show The Nick Cannon Show Himself(2episodes,2002)
Majestic  Majestic  TimPritchard(Episode4)
Anatomy of a Scene Anatomy of a Scene Himself(1episode,2001)
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards  The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards  Himself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Himself
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(3episodes,1999-2003)
The Barry Z Show The Barry Z Show Himself(1episode,2005)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself(1episode,2004)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself-CelebrityQuestionPresenter(1episode,2010)
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards  The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards  Himself
On the Record w/ Brit Hume On the Record w/ Brit Hume Himself-PhoneInterview(1episode,2013)
The Wayne Brady Show The Wayne Brady Show Himself(1episode,2003)
Making 'The Matrix'  Making 'The Matrix'  Himself
The Handler The Handler JoeRenato(16episodes,2003-2004)
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