Birth Name: Joe Pantoliano
Birth Place: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Born on Sept. 12, 1954 in Hoboken, NJ, Pantoliano grew up on welfare in a public housing project and was raised by his father, Dominic, a hearse driver, and his mother, Mary, a bookie. Reading at a third grade level at age 17, Pantoliano decided that acting was a way out of a life that seemed destined to lead to criminal behavior. Because of his limited comprehension skills, he had to memorize his scenes just to audition. But his resilience paid off, as both his literacy and confidence increased. Pantoliano soon moved to Manhattan where he waited tables while studying acting under Herbert Bergoff at the HB Studio. He eventually switched over to study under John Lehne, with whom he stayed for...
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