An acclaimed actor, producer and best-selling author, boasting over 100 film, television, and stage credits, Joe Pantoliano (aka Joey Pants - as he is affectionately known) has been revered and honored for his unique and entertaining portrayals. His resume is a catalog of classic American film and television titles, a testament to his uncanny ability to pick a winner. A favorite player, wielded by master film makers like Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Davis, and the Wachowski brothers, Pantoliano is a dependable scene stealer. His theatrical work, a grand collection of memorable roles; include such films as “Risky Business,” “The Goonies,” “La Bamba,” “Midnight Run,” "Bad Boys I and II," “Empire of the Sun,” “The Fugitive,” “The Matrix,” “Memento,” and “Daredevil.” And who can forget his portrayal of the eccentric mobster “Ralphie Cifaretto” in HBO’s landmark series “The Sopranos,” for which he won a best-supporting actor prime time Emmy in 2003. During the same period, Mr. Pantoliano wrote and published the New York Times bestseller Who's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy, a bittersweet memoir about growing up in an Italian-American family in New Jersey.
Pantoliano's recent work includes a starring role in “Falling Up” with Sarah Roemer and Joe Cross. He also produced and starred in the CBS drama pilot “Waterfront,” and was in Joe Greco’s thought-provoking feature “Canvas,” opposite Marcia Gay Harden, which won Best Feature Film and landed him the Outstanding Actor Award at the 2007 Sedona International Film Festival. Inspired by his role in "Canvas," Pantoliano started his own non-profit organization, No Kidding, Me Too!, which is dedicated to removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Pantoliano will make his directorial debut with his informative and moving documentary, "No Kidding, Me Too!," which premieres on DVD via CreateSpace, Amazon.com’s DVD on Demand service, opens on April 27th and can be seen starting May 24th on WNET 13/PBS. With this unique film, Pantoliano seeks to expose the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.
He was most recently seen in Chris Columbus’ “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” and is currently working on his upcoming book The Great Depression. Pantoliano resides in Connecticut & Hoboken, NJ with his wife, son, three daughters, and four dogs.