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Joe Pantoliano

Highest Rated:   96% The Fugitive (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% Monsignor (1982)
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Birthplace:   Hoboken, New Jersey
One of today's best character actors, the inexhaustible Joe Pantoliano boasts over 100 film, television, and stage credits. A favorite of directors Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Davis, and Andy and Larry Wachowski, he is also a dependable scene stealer with more than his share of memorable roles -- including killer pimp Guido in Risky Business (1983), bumbling criminal Francis Fratelli in The Goonies (1985), double-crossing bail bondsman Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), cynical U.S. Marshall Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), turncoat Cypher in The Matrix (1999), and shady sidekick Teddy in Memento (2000). Born on September 12, 1951 in Hoboken, NJ, the actor is the only son of Dominic, a hearse driver, and Mary Pantoliano, a part-time seamstress/bookie. When he was 12, Pantoliano's mother left his father for her distant cousin Florio, though the couple never officially divorced. Pantoliano and his younger sister Maryann grew up throughout northern New Jersey with their mother and Florio, whom they eventually came to regard as their stepfather. Pantoliano suffered from severe dyslexia, and at age 17, he was still reading at the third-grade level. After seeing the youngster perform in his senior play, Up the Down Staircase, Florio convinced him to pursue acting professionally. Pantoliano moved to Manhattan, where he worked as a waiter while juggling acting classes and auditions. In 1972, he landed the coveted role of stuttering Billy Bibbit in the touring production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Four years later, Pantoliano moved west to try his luck in Hollywood. After making his television debut in the sitcom pilot McNamara's Band, he landed a recurring role in Rob Reiner's summer replacement series, Free Country. Reiner then tapped Pantoliano to co-star with him in James Burrows' television movie More Than Friends (1978). This led to the part of Angelo Maggio -- a role originated by fellow Hoboken-ite Frank Sinatra -- in NBC's miniseries adaptation of James Jones' From Here to Eternity (1979). After making his major feature-film debut in The Idolmaker (1980), Pantoliano guest starred on Hart to Hart, M*A*S*H, and Hardcastle and McCormick, as well as appeared on the Los Angeles stage in Orphans. He also landed a sizable part opposite a young Tom Cruise in the surprise hit Risky Business (1983). The comic ruthlessness with which Pantoliano's pimp tortures Cruise quickly earned the character actor a loyal cult following. He gave standout performances in Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) and the off-Broadway play Visions of Kerouac, before thrilling audiences again in the Spielberg-produced adventure The Goonies (1985). Scores of plum roles followed: Pantoliano joined Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines in Running Scared (1986), portrayed Lou Diamond Phillips' music producer in La Bamba (1987), re-teamed with Spielberg in Empire of the Sun (1987), and acted opposite Robert De Niro in Midnight Run (1988). He then topped these performances off with an unforgettable turn opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford in The Fugitive (1993), delivering a funny, fiery tour de force that was pure Pantoliano right down to the name he chose for his character, Cosmo -- his grandfather's name. By the mid-'90s, Pantoliano had a recognizable name and a devoted fan base. While making numerous television guest appearances, he starred with Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in directors Andy and Larry Wachowski's debut thriller, Bound (1996). Pantoliano's edgy performance as a doomed money launderer impressed the Wachowskis so much that they created the character of Cypher in The Matrix (1999) exclusively for him. Shortly afterward, his co-star in the sci-fi spectacular, Carrie-Anne Moss, insisted that director Christopher Nolan hire Pantoliano for the third lead in his sleeper-hit Memento (2000). In 2001, at the behest of producer David Chase, Pantoliano joined the cast of the landmark HBO series The Sopranos. While earning a well-des

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Just Getting Started
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Random Tropical Paradise
  • Anthony Gambazzo
2017
27% The Perfect Match
  • Marty
$7.5M 2016
6% The Identical
  • Avi Hirshberg
$2.9M 2014
83% Dislecksia: The Movie
  • Actor
$2.7k 2013
19% Loosies
  • Carl
$3.8k 2012
No Score Yet Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
  • Oswald
2011
14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Peek
$43.5M 2010
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Gabe Ugliano
$61.2M 2010
No Score Yet Falling Up
  • George
2010
No Score Yet Deadly Impact (To Live and Die)
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Job
  • Perriman
2009
No Score Yet No Kidding, Me Too!
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2009
No Score Yet Spring Break '83
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Legend of Secret Pass
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Deceit
  • Producer
  • Anthony
2007
78% Canvas
  • Producer
  • John Marino
2007
38% Unknown
  • L'homme attachĂ©
2006
91% ...So Goes the Nation
  • Actor
2006
5% Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
  • Mayor M.T. Gunn
$15.7M 2006
33% Wedding Daze
  • Smitty
2006
15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
  • Some Idiot
2005
35% Racing Stripes
  • Goose
$49.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Easter Egg Adventure
  • Terrible Timothy Takit
2004
No Score Yet Perfect Opposites
  • Louis Carbonelli
2004
41% Second Best
  • Producer
  • Elliot
2004
23% Bad Boys II
  • Capt. Howard
$138.4M 2003
44% Daredevil
  • Urich
$102.5M 2003
4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • Morgan
$4.4M 2002
39% Black and White
  • Bill King
2002
54% Cats & Dogs
  • Peek
2001
No Score Yet A Better Way to Die
  • Flash
2000
92% Memento
  • Teddy
$23.9M 2000
No Score Yet New Blood
  • Hellman
2000
23% Ready to Rumble
  • Titus Sinclair
2000
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Norbert
2000
No Score Yet Olive, the Other Reindeer
  • Martini
1999
No Score Yet Top of the World
  • Vince Castor
1999
No Score Yet The Taxman
  • Al Benjamin
1999
87% The Matrix
  • Cypher
1999
No Score Yet Tinseltown
  • Arnie
1999
80% The Life Before This
  • Jake Maclean
1999
No Score Yet Hoods
  • Charlie Flynn
1998
27% U.S. Marshals
  • Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro
1997
No Score Yet Natural Enemy
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice
  • Det. Meyer Meyer
1996
92% Bound
  • Caesar
1996
No Score Yet Ez Streets
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Immortals
  • Pete Tunnell
1995
15% Steal Big, Steal Little
  • Eddie Agopian
1995
No Score Yet The Last Word
  • Doc
1995
23% Congo
  • Actor
1995
43% Bad Boys
  • Capt. Howard
1995
21% Baby's Day Out
  • Norby
1994
No Score Yet Teresa's Tattoo
  • Bruno
1994
No Score Yet Dangerous Heart
  • Barclay
1994
No Score Yet Robot In The Family
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Spy Within (The Flight of the Dove)
  • Brezner
1994
96% The Fugitive
  • Cosmo Renfro
1993
56% Three of Hearts
  • Mickey
1993
11% Calendar Girl
  • Harvey Darpinian
1993
No Score Yet Me and the Kid
  • Roy
1993
38% Used People
  • Frank
1992
No Score Yet Through the Eyes of a Killer
  • Jerry Tarlton
1992
33% Zandalee
  • Gerri
1991
No Score Yet El Diablo
  • Kid Durango
1990
No Score Yet The Last Of The Finest
  • Wayne
1990
20% Short Time
  • Scalese
1990
No Score Yet Downtown
  • White
1990
No Score Yet Backstreet Dreams
  • Paul Antangeli (uncredited)
1990
No Score Yet Nightbreaker
  • Sgt. Jack Russell
1989
No Score Yet Tales from the Crypt
  • Actor
1989
96% Midnight Run
  • Eddie Moscone
1988
No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll Mom
  • Ronnie
1988
No Score Yet The In Crowd
  • Perry Parker
1988
70% Empire of the Sun
  • Frank
1987
63% Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Sy Swerdlow
$0.6M 1987
96% La Bamba
  • Bob Keane
1987
17% The Squeeze
  • Norman
1987
No Score Yet Scenes from the Goldmine
  • Manny
1987
60% Running Scared
  • Snake
1986
70% The Goonies
  • Francis
1985
29% Final Terror
  • Eggar
1985
57% The Mean Season
  • Andy Porter
1985
33% Eddie and the Cruisers
  • Doc Robbins
1983
96% Risky Business
  • Guido
1983
0% Monsignor
  • Musso
1982
88% The Idolmaker
  • Gino Pilato
1980
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story
  • Ray Neal
1980
No Score Yet Road Movie
  • Mugger
1974
57% For Pete's Sake
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2017
65% How to Make It in America
2010-2011
  • Lulu's Father
  • 2011
No Score Yet Need to Know
2010-2013
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2006
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Ralph Cifaretto Ralphie Cifaretto
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Vinnie Greco
  • 1995

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