Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci is an American actor, comedian and musician, known for playing tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres. He is best known for a trio of films in which he co-starred with Robert De Niro, directed by Martin Scorsese: "Raging Bull", "Goodfellas" and "Casino". Pesci was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Raging Bull", and then won the same award for his role as the psychopathic mobster Tommy DeVito in "Goodfellas". Pesci has starred in a number of other high-profile films, including "Easy Money", "Once Upon a Time in America", "My Cousin Vinny", "JFK", "Home Alone", "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York", "A Bronx Tale" and the "Lethal Weapon" series. He announced his retirement from acting in 1999, and since then he has appeared only sporadically in films, including a cameo appearance in the 2006 spy thriller "The Good Shepherd", directed by De Niro.