Joe Pantoliano is an American actor who has a net worth of $8 million. Joe Pantoliano was born September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is best known for his character roles of Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos, Bob Keane in La Bamba, Cypher in The Matrix, Teddy in Memento, Francis Fratelli in The Goonies, Guido “the Killer Pimp” in Risky Business and Jennifer Tilly’s violent mobster boyfriend Caesar in Bound.
He also played Deputy U.S. Marshal Cosmo Renfro in both The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals. He is often referred to as “Joey Pants”, because of the difficulty some people have pronouncing his Italian surname Pantoliano. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, he was one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors. In 2001, he joined the cast of HBO’s hit dramatic series The Sopranos as Ralph Cifaretto, for which he earned an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 2003. The son of a hearse driver and a bookie, Pantoliano was raised in a public housing project where his family was on welfare. Due to severe dyslexia, Pantoliano did poorly in school, but when his stepfather saw his performance in his senior play he encouraged the young Joe to pursue a career in theater. Pantoliano moved to New York after high school where he studied acting under Herbert Bergoff and John Lehne while waiting tables. In 1972, he landed the role of Billy Bibbitt in the traveling stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and four years later headed to Hollywood. He appeared on several television sitcoms and movies, delivering the unforgettable role of Guido the pimp in the Tom Cruise hit Risky Business in 1983. Throughout the ’80s, Pantoliano became one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors, often stealing scenes from his leading counterparts in such hit films as The Goonies, Empire of the Sun, Midnight Run and The Fugitive. He earned the interest of directors Andy and Larry Wachowski and was cast in several of their films, including Bound and The Matrix.
In 2001, he joined the cast of the hit dramatic series The Sopranos, for which he won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 2003. In 2002, Pantoliano published Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy, a memoir about growing up in the New Jersey projects.
|Net Worth:||$8 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Sep 12, 1951 (70 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Film Producer, Voice Actor, Writer, Film director|
|Nationality:||United States of America|