Joe Pantoliano

Biography: You may not have heard of him, but the odds are that you have seen him. Joe Pantoliano has been credited for over 100 film, television and stage appearances. He is a fantastic character actor best known for his roles as rough, tough, and sometimes dirty characters.
Pantoliano was born on September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, NJ. He is the son of Dominic (a hearse driver) and Mary (a part-time seamstress/bookie.) At an early age Pantoliano's mother left his father. She never officially divorced Pantoliano. She moved in with her distant cousin Florio. Mary took Joe and younger sister, Maryanne to live with Florio in northern New Jersey. Later, Pantoliano moved to Manhattan. He worked as a waiter while he attended acting classes and tried out for auditions. In 1972, he became a member of the touring production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It would not be until four years later when he would make the move to Hollywood. Since then, Pantoliano has been seen by millions.
You may not have heard of him, but the odds are that you have seen him. Joe Pantoliano has been credited for over 100 film, television and stage appearances. He is a fantastic character actor best known for his roles as rough, tough, and sometimes dirty characters.
Pantoliano was born on September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, NJ. He is the son of Dominic (a hearse driver) and Mary (a part-time seamstress/bookie.) At an early age Pantoliano's mother left his father. She never officially divorced Pantoliano. She moved in with her distant cousin Florio. Mary took Joe and younger sister, Maryanne to live with Florio in northern New Jersey. Later, Pantoliano moved to Manhattan. He worked as a waiter while he attended acting classes and tried out for auditions. In 1972, he became a member of the touring production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It would not be until four years later when he would make the move to Hollywood. Since then, Pantoliano has been seen by millions. Some of his more memorable roles were in the films, Risky Business (1983), The Goonies (1985), Midnight Run (1988), and perhaps his most famous role, Cypher, in The Matrix(1999.) He also gained acclaim and an Emmy for his role as Ralphy Cifaretto in The Sopranos.
In 1979, Pantoliano married Morgan Kester. The couple had a son, Marco (1981.) The couple divorced in 1985. In 1994, Pantoliano married for a second time to model and artist, Nancy Sheppard. The couple have two daughters together, Daniella (1992) and Isabella Grace (1998.) Pantoliano is also the step father of Melody, born to Nancy Sheppard in 1985.
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Joe Pantoliano's Scores

Average career score: 50
Highest Metascore: 88 The Fugitive
Lowest Metascore: 12 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
23 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
88 The Fugitive Aug 6, 1993 Cosmo Renfro 8.8
80 Memento Mar 16, 2001 Teddy Gammell 9.0
78 Midnight Run Jul 20, 1988 Eddie Moscone 8.6
75 Risky Business Aug 5, 1983 Guido 3.3
73 The Matrix Mar 31, 1999 Cypher 8.9
67 Canvas Oct 12, 2007 Producer / John Marino 7.8
61 Bound Oct 4, 1996 Caesar 8.5
60 The Goonies Jun 7, 1985 Francis Fratelli 7.7
60 Empire of the Sun Dec 9, 1987 Frank Demarest 8.4
48 Taxman Sep 17, 1999 Al Benjamin 8.0
47 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Feb 12, 2010 Gabe Ugliano 5.0
47 Black and White Apr 5, 2000 Bill King 3.5
47 U.S. Marshals Mar 6, 1998 Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro 7.3
45 The Amateurs Dec 7, 2007 Some Idiot 7.7
44 Second Best May 20, 2005 Producer / Elliot 6.8
44 Unknown Nov 3, 2006 Bound Man 8.5
42 Daredevil Feb 14, 2003 Ben Urich 6.9
38 Bad Boys II Jul 18, 2003 Captain Howard 4.6
35 Loosies Jan 11, 2012 Carl 6.3
30 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Jul 30, 2010 Peek 5.1
25 The Identical Sep 5, 2014 Avi Hirshberg / Avi Hirshberg 3.1
23 Ready to Rumble Apr 7, 2000 Titus Sinclair 7.9
12 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Aug 16, 2002 Mogan 4.7