Pileggi in 2010
February 22, 1933|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Producer, author, screenwriter|
(m. 1987; d. 2012)
Susan (Defaslo) Pileggi
Nicholas Pileggi (//; born February 22, 1933) is an American producer, author and screenwriter. He is best known for writing the non-fiction book Wiseguy and co-writing the screenplay for Goodfellas, its 1990 film adaptation, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Pileggi was born and raised in New York City, the elder son of an Italian immigrant father, Nicola ("Nick") Pileggi from Calabria and an American-born mother, Susie. He has a younger brother, Dominick. Nicola "Nick" Pileggi was a cinema musician for silent films and later owned a shoe store.[better source needed]
In the 1950s, he worked as a journalist for Associated Press and New York Magazine, specializing in crime reporting for more than three decades; this would provide the background upon which he later drew as a writer of factual books and fictional films related to the Mafia.[better source needed]
Pileggi began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia. 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 film 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. He also authored Blye, Private Eye (1987).
|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||–|
|American Gangster||Executive Producer||–|
- Pileggi, Nicholas (1995). Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas (First ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-80832-1.
- Pileggi, Nicholas (1985). Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (First ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-72322-4.
- Pileggi, Nicholas (1976). Blye, Private Eye (First ed.). Playboy Press, Chicago. ISBN 978-0-87223-475-8.
- Adams, Tim (2013-02-03). "Nicholas Pileggi: the mob, Nora Ephron's death and Vegas". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- Profile, filmreference.com; accessed June 15, 2017.
- "Nicholas Pileggi : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
- Vlastelica, Ryan (September 18, 2015). "Goodfellas turned Wiseguy's simple prose into cinematic gold". AV Club.
- "BLYE, PRIVATE EYE: The Real World of the Private Detective by Nicholas Pileggi". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- Loynd, Ray (July 25, 1994). "'Loyalty and Betrayal': An Inside Look at the Mafia". Los Angeles Times.
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