Mary Pesci: Who is Joe Pesci’s Mother?

Mary Pesci

Mary Pesci is the mother of American actor and musician Joe Pesci. Mary’s son Joe has appeared in films including Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, and The Irishman. He is also known for his appearances in the Home Alone franchise (1990–1992), My Cousin Vinny (1992), and the Lethal Weapon franchise (1989–1998).

Mary Pesci: Bio Summary

Name Mary Pesci
Famous asJoe Pesci’s mother
Date of birth 14 December 1915
Place of birth New Jersey, United States
Died 4 August 2010 (aged 94)
Spouse Angelo Pesci
ChildrenJoe Pesci, Louise Pesci, William “Bill” Pesci
SiblingsDaniel Mesce and William Mesce
Parents Vito Mesce and Philomena Mesce

Who Is Joe Pesci’s Mother, Mary Pesci?

Mary Pesci (née Mesce) was born on 14 December 1915, in New Jersey, United States. She was the daughter of Vito Mesce and Philomena Mesce and the sister of Daniel Mesce and William Mesce. She may have other siblings in addition to Daniel and William. Much is unknown regarding her early life, and relatives. Her family is reportedly from Aquilonia, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. 

Mary Pesci’s educational details are unknown. She worked part-time as a barber. She met and married Angelo Pesci, who worked as a forklift truck driver for General Motors and a bartender. Mary was a very supportive wife. She and her husband Angelo had three children, Louise M. Pesci Russo, William Louis “Bill” Pesci, and Joseph Frank “Joe” Pesci.

Mary Pesci and her husband Angelo Pesci did their best to support and raise their children. Their daughter Louise Pesci was born on 27 August 1938, in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA. She became a secretary. She worked as a secretary for Fallu Productions for more than 20 years and retired in the year 2003.

Louise was also an officer and member of the Zarro Civic and Welfare Assoc. She loves fundraising for children with special needs. She was married to Joseph Russo. She died on 16 March 2013 when she was 74 years old. Mary and Angelo’s son William “Bill” Pesci was born on 11 March 1940, in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA.

Bill was a Forman for the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord, CA. He was a Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was married to Mamie J. Pesci (nee Harris). He passed away on 29 November 2016, at the age of 76 years. Mary and Angelo’s son Joseph Frank Pesci best known as Joe Pesci was born on February 9, 1943, in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA.

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Joe Pesci followed in his mother Mary Pesci’s footsteps when he began to work as a barber in the 1960s. He also pursued a music career, playing the guitar with several bands. He became an actor and musician. As a musician, he has recorded the studio albums: Little Joe Sure Can Sing! (1968), Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You (1998), and Pesci… Still Singing (2019).

Joe Pesci has appeared in films and television series. His first film role was as an uncredited dancer in Hey, Let’s Twist! (1961). He appeared as Joe in The Death Collector. He was uncredited for his role in Short Eyes (1977). He appeared as Joey in Raging Bull, Roger in I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can, Ruby Dennis in Dear Mr. Wonderful, and Mayakofsky in Eureka.

Mary Pesci and Angelo Pesci’s son Joe Pesci has also portrayed roles in films including Once Upon a Time in America, Tutti dentro, Man on Fire, Moonwalker, Lethal Weapon franchise, Home Alone franchise, A Bronx Tale, Casino, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, Love Ranch, and Day of the Fight. He appeared in the TV series Half Nelson, Tales from the Crypt, and Bupkis.

Joe Pesci was married to Claudia Martha Haro. Claudia is an American actress known for her appearance in films such as Jimmy Hollywood (1994), New Nightmare (1994), With Honors (1994), Casino (1995), and Gone Fishin’ (1997). They were married from September 7, 1988 until they divorced in 1992. They have a daughter called Tiffany Pesci.

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Where Is Joe Pesci’s Mother Now?

Mary Pesci died on 4 August 2010, at age 94. She was buried at Glendale Cemetery, in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, USA. She kept her personal life away from the public domain. Her husband Angelo Pesci also died on 2 December 1977, at age 61. According to a source, Mary and Angelo have been honored with a bench at a pocket park on Mill Street in Belleville.

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