Joe Pantoliano

BirthDay:

12 Sep 1951

BirthPlace:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

BirthName:

Joseph Peter Pantoliano

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 157 credits )

Villa Capri (2017) Actor
Random Tropical Paradise (2017) Vincent Gambazzo
The Perfect Match (2016) Marty
American Brawler (2016) Al Braverman
Sense8 (2015)  Michael Gorski (2 episodes, 2015)
Journey to Sundance (2014) Himself
The Identical (2014) Avi Hirshberg
Doing America (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
The Richy Show (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Deadbeat (2014)  Famous Actor (1 episode, 2015)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Cypher / ... (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (2011) Oswald Oswald III (as Joe Peter Pantoliano)
Loosies (2011) Carl
The Rosie Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) Peek (voice)
Deadly Impact (2010) Kaplow
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Gabe Ugliano
The Legend of Secret Pass (2010) Chuckster (voice)
How to Make It in America (2010)  Felix (2 episodes, 2011)
New York Street Games (2010) Himself
No Kidding! Me 2!! (2009) Himself
Falling Up (2009) George
The Job (2009) Perriman
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Make or Break TV (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Wedding Daze (2006) Smitty
Unknown (2006) Bound Man
...So Goes the Nation (2006) Himself
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) Mayor M.T. Gunn
Paula's Party (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Waterfront (2006)  James 'Jimmy' Centrella (5 episodes, 2006)
Canvas (2006) John Marino
The Amateurs (2005) Some Idiot
The Check Up (2005) The Inspector
Racing Stripes (2005) Goose (voice)
The Contender (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
But Can They Sing? (2005)  Himself
What's Next! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
California Entertainment Weekly (2005)  aka Joey Pants, Himself
America Speaks Out (2004) Himself
Perfect Opposites (2004) Louis Carbonelli
Second Best (2004) Elliot
The Easter Egg Adventure (2004) Terrible Timothy Takit (voice)
Dr. Vegas (2004)  Tommy Danko (7 episodes, 2004-2006)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Silver Man (2003) Norbert
Bad Boys II (2003) Captain Howard
Daredevil (2003) Ben Urich
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Handler (2003)  Joe Renato (16 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gary the Rat (2003)  Anthony 'the Heel' Stilletto (1 episode, 2003)
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Mogan
A Call for Help (2002) Charlie
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002)  Himself - Celebrity Question Presenter (1 episode, 201
The Wayne Brady Show (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren (2002)  Himself - Phone Interview (1 episode, 2013)
The Nick Cannon Show (2002)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002)
Cats & Dogs (2001) Peek (voice)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself (1 episode)
Memento (2000) Teddy
A Better Way to Die (2000) Flash
Ready to Rumble (2000) Titus Sinclair
CBS Cares (2000)  Himself (unknown episodes)
The Life Before This (1999) Jake Maclean
New Blood (1999) Hellman
Black & White (1999) Bill King
The Matrix (1999) Cypher
Forces of Nature (1999) Cab Driver (uncredited)
The Sopranos (1999)  Ralph Cifaretto (21 episodes, 2001-2004)
Roswell (1999)  Kal Langley (2 episodes, 2001)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Sugar Hill (1999)  Joe (unknown episodes)
VH-1 Behind the Movie (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Taxman (1998) Al Benjamin
Hoods (1998) Charlie Flynn
U.S. Marshals (1998) Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro
Hercules (1998)  King Pan (1 episode, 1998)
Godzilla: The Series (1998)  Animal Palotti / ... (8 episodes, 1998-1999)
The Lionhearts (1998) (5 episodes, 1998)
Pitch (1997) Himself
Top of the World (1997) Vince Castor
Tinseltown (1997) Arnie
Bound (1996) Caesar
Arli$$ (1996)  Vic Freed (1 episode, 1996)
EZ Streets (1996)  Jimmy Murtha (9 episodes, 1996-1997)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
The Immortals (1995) Pete Tunnell
Steal Big Steal Little (1995) Eddie Agopian, Ruben's Lawyer
The Last Word (1995) Doc
Congo (1995) Eddie Ventro (uncredited)
Bad Boys (1995) Captain Howard
The Spy Within (1995) Attorney Brezner
The Outer Limits (1995)  Stan Harbinger (1 episode, 1999)
Life with Louie (1995)  Jojo Stomopolous (1 episode, 1996)
The Marshal (1995)  Cameris (1 episode, 1995)
Scenes from Everyday Life (1995)
Baby's Day Out (1994) Norby
Robot in the Family (1994) Jack Shamir
Teresa's Tattoo (1994) Bruno
Beethoven (1994)  Sparky (12 episodes, 1994)
Me and the Kid (1993) Roy
Calendar Girl (1993) Harvey Darpinian
The Fugitive (1993) Cosmo Renfro
Three of Hearts (1993) Mickey
NYPD Blue (1993)  Vinnie Greco (3 episodes, 1995)
The Barry Z Show (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Used People (1992) Frank
Highlander (1992)  Doctor Wilder (1 episode, 1992)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2003)
Zandalee (1991) Gerri
Civil Wars (1991)  Stan DeMarco (1 episode, 1991)
Backstreet Dreams (1990) Paul Antangeli (uncredited)
Short Time (1990) Scalese
The Last of the Finest (1990) Wayne Gross
Downtown (1990) White
The Fanelli Boys (1990)  Dominic Fanelli (19 episodes, 1990-1991)
Arduous Moon (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)  Dante (1 episode, 2006)
Tales from the Crypt (1989)  Casino Dealer / ... (2 episodes, 1989-1992)
Midnight Run (1988) Eddie Moscone
The In Crowd (1988) Perry Parker
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Empire of the Sun (1987) Frank Demarest
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Sy Swerdlow (segment "Hairlooming")
Scenes from the Goldmine (1987) Manny Ricci
The Squeeze (1987) Norman
La Bamba (1987) Bob Keane
Running Scared (1986) Snake
L.A. Law (1986)  Rob Cavanaugh (1 episode, 1986)
The Goonies (1985) Francis
The Mean Season (1985) Andy Porter
Amazing Stories (1985)  Joe (1 episode, 1986)
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) Doc Robbins
Risky Business (1983) Guido
The Final Terror (1983) Eggar
The Hitchhiker (1983)  Brother Charles (1 episode, 1989)
Hardcastle and McCormick (1983)  Teddy Hollins (1 episode, 1983)
Monsignor (1982) Pvt. Joe Musso
Chicago Story (1982)  Cooney (1 episode, 1982)
Hill Street Blues (1981)  Sonny Orsini (2 episodes, 1984)
Simon & Simon (1981)  Carl (1 episode, 1984)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Idolmaker (1980) Gino Pilato
Hart to Hart (1979)  Frank Tisdale / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1984)
Trapper John, M.D. (1979)  Michael Merrow (1 episode, 1984)
Eischied (1979)  Boy (1 episode, 1979)
Free Country (1978)  Louis Peschi (3 episodes, 1978)
For Pete's Sake (1974) Undercover Cop who arrests Mark (uncredited)
Road Movie (1974) Mugger (as Joseph Pantoliano)
M*A*S*H (1972)  Cpl. Gerald Mullen / ... (1 episode, 1981)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Ronnie (1 episode, 1988)
Spring Break '83 (0) Sergeant Coltrane

Producer ( 6 credits )

Canvas (2006) producer
Second Best (2004) producer
Tinseltown (1997) associate producer
The Immortals (1995) associate producer
The Last Word (1995) associate producer
Robot in the Family (1994) associate producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Just Like Mona (2003) (writer)

Director ( 2 credits )

No Kidding! Me 2!! (2009)
Just Like Mona (2003)