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  • Real Name: Joe Pantoliano
  • Nickname: Joey Pants
  • Date Of Birth: 12 September 1951
  • Location Of Birth: Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Spouse: Nancy Sheppard from 18 February 1994 to Present, 3 childs and Morga Kester from 1979 to 1985, 1 Child
  • Childrens: 4, His son  Marco Pantoliano was born in 1981(Mother is Morga Kester).His Step-daughter Melody was born c. 1985.  His Daughter Daniella Pantoliano was Born on March 8th 1992.His Daugher Isabella Grace Pantoliano was Born on August 27th,1998
  • Parents: Mother is Mary Isabella , Separated from Pantoliano's Father c. 1963. His Father is Dominic Pantoliano.
  • Sister: Mary Ann Pantoliano . Younger
  • Job Titles: Actor,Producer,Director, Writter, and Waiter.
  • Favorite Movie: Shrek (2001)

This prolific, stage-trained character player transcended a youth of urban poverty, crime and poor academic skills to establish a successful entertainment career, often playing denizens and products of the kind of environment he escaped. Slender, bright-eyed and balding, Pantoliano has become known for playing low-level crooks, hustlers and other shady types in film comedies; lackeys and sidekicks in dramatic features; and a wider range of ethnic types on TV. Something of a lighter, taller Joe Pesci, he has excelled at projecting an air of somewhat likable sleaze, low cunning and street smarts.

Pantoliano grew up on welfare in a public housing project in Hoboken, New Jersey. He has described his parents as "bohemian"--his father was a hearse driver with mob ties and his mother was a bookie--who separated when he was a 12-year-old. Reading at a third grade level at age 17, Pantoliano decided that acting was a way out of a life that seemed to be leading to criminal behavior. Because of his comprehension skills, he had to memorize his scenes just to audition but it paid off as his literacy and confidence increased. Pantoliano moved to Manhattan where he waited tables, took acting lessons and built up stage credits.

Pantoliano moved to L.A. in 1976 where he found work in TV sitcoms. He gained attention with his performance in the TV miniseries version of "From Here to Eternity" (NBC, 1979) as Angelo Maggio, the role played by fellow Hoboken native Frank Sinatra in the 1953 film. Pantoliano first registered in features as the comic yet threatening Guido 'The Killer Pimp' in "Risky Business" (1983). He went on to regular work in film and TV in strong supporting roles: the ruthless anti-Communist attorney Roy Cohn in the miniseries "Robert Kennedy and His Times" (CBS, 1987); a bumbling criminal outwitted by kids in both "The Goonies" (1985) and "Baby's Day Out" (1994); John Malkovich's long-suffering sidekick in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" (1987); and the slippery bail bondsman in "Midnight Run" (1988). Playing a more laudable character than usual, Pantoliano took part in a critical and commercial hit as Cosmo, one of Tommy Lee Jones's marshals, in "The Fugitive" (1993).

Pantoliano has also done several TV guest shots ("Amazing Stories", "L.A. Law"), stints as a recurring character on hit series ("NYPD Blue") and a regular on flops ("The Fanelli Boys"). He returned to TV in the fall of 1996 playing a shady supporting character on the short-lived CBS crime drama series "EZ Streets". Also in 1996, he played a frightening money launderer for the mob in the feature "Bound" opposite Jennifer Tilly as his mistress.

After reprising his role of Deputy Marshal Renfro in the sequel "U.S. Marshals" (1998), Pantoliano had his biggest box-office hit as the traitorous renegade Cypher in the blockbuster "The Matrix" (1999). The busy actor went on to play a seedy character that played off his on-screen persona in the stylish thriller "Memento" (2000) and joined the cast of the popular HBO series "The Sopranos" in 2001, playing the hotheaded, loudmouthed mob lieutenant Ralph Cifaretto, who becomes a major thorn in the side of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Pantoliano's adroit portrayal made Ralph a love-to-hate-him character and at last had audiences connecting that well-known face to a now recognizable name. After his "Sopranos" tenure came to a memorable end in 2002, 'Joey Pants' next essayed Ben Urich, the dogged reporter on the trail of the secret identity of the super hero "Daredevil" (2003), before reprising his previous role as police captain Howard, comic foil to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the sequel "Bad Boys 2." In that same year, after winning a dramatic supporting actor Emmy for his much-admired work on "The Sopranos," Pantoliano held down a starring role as a FBI agent in the CBS drama series "The Handler."  But the Show was canceled from CBS. He is now working on Several Movies that we might see in 2006 in Theaters!

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