WILTON, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Joseph Peter "Joe" Pantoliano of Wilton, Conn. and Cliffside Park, NJ.
Pantoliano who has owned a home in Wilton, turns 65 on Monday. The film and television actor was born Sept. 12, 1951 in Hoboken, N.J.
Pantoliano gained fame among a new generation as Cypher in the 1999 landmark sci-fi film "The Matrix," and won an Emmy as Ralph Cifaretto in HBO's "The Sopranos."
He is also known for his role as Eddie Moscone, the bail bondsman, in the Robert DeNiro comedy "Midnight Run," as double-crossed mafioso Caesar in "Bound," as John "Teddy" Gammell in "Memento," and as investigative journalist Ben Urich in Mark Steven Johnson's 2003 "Daredevil" adaptation.
He also played Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro in "The Fugitive" along with Tommy Lee Jones and reprised the role in the sequel "U.S. Marshals."
He is known for his portrayals of criminals, criminal investigators, detectives, and forensic specialists with a wisecracking touch.
In 2003, he replaced Stanley Tucci in the Broadway play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." That same year he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for "The Sopranos."
In 2012, he stars as the eccentric pawn broker Oswald Oswald in the film adaptation of Wendy Mass’s popular children’s book "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life," written and directed by Tamar Halpern.
In 2013, he was cast in the role of Yogi Berra for the Broadway production of "Bronx Bombers," but he dropped out during rehearsals due to creative differences.
He founded a nonprofit organization, No Kidding, Me Too!, to unite members of the entertainment industry in educating the public about mental illness.
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