Nicholas Pileggi

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Nicholas Pileggi
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Pileggi in New York City, 2010
Born (1933-02-22) February 22, 1933 (age 81)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation producer, screenwriter
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Nora Ephron (1987–2012; her death)
Parents Nick Pileggi
Susan (Defaslo) Pileggi
Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
1990 Goodfellas

Nicholas Pileggi (born February 22, 1933) is an American author and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Pileggi was born and raised in New York City, the son of Susan (Defaslo) and Nick Pileggi, a shoe store owner.[1]

Career[edit]

Pileggi began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia.[2] He is best known for writing Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (1986), which he adapted into the movie Goodfellas (1990), and for writing Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas and the subsequent screenplay for Casino (1995). The movie versions of both were co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese. Pileggi also wrote the screenplay for the fictional City Hall (1996), starring Al Pacino. He served as an Executive Producer of American Gangster (2007), a biographical crime film based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. He is also the author of Blye, Private Eye (1987).

Pileggi cowrote the pilot of the CBS television series Vegas which first aired in September 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Pileggi was married to fellow author, journalist, and screenwriter Nora Ephron from 1987 until her death in 2012. Pileggi lives in New York City.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes / Awards Won
1990 Goodfellas Screenplay / Book BAFTA – Best Screenplay – Adapted (1991) Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
1994 Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob Writer
1995 Casino Screenplay / Book
1996 City Hall Written By
2007 Kings of South Beach Written By / Producer
2007 American Gangster Executive Producer

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicholas Pileggi Biography", Film Reference
  2. ^ Adams, Tim (February 2, 2013). "Nicholas Pileggi: the mob, Nora Ephron's death and Vegas". The Observer. 

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