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 84)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Producer, author, screenwriter
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Nora Ephron (1987–2012; her death)
Parent(s) Nick Pileggi
Susan (Defaslo) Pileggi
Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
1990 Goodfellas

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

Early life[edit]

Pileggi was born and raised in New York City, the son of first-generation Italian immigrants from Calabria, Susan (Defaslo) and Nick Pileggi, a cinema musician for silent films and later a shoe store owner.[1] [2] In the 1950s he worked as a journalist for Associated Press and New York magazine, specializing in the area of crime reporting for more than 30 years[3] that would provide the background upon which he later drew as a writer of factual books and fictional films related to the Mafia.[4]


Pileggi began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia.[5] 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.[6] 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).[7]

Pileggi cowrote the pilot of the CBS television series Vegas, which first aired in September 2012.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Pileggi was married to fellow author, journalist, and screenwriter Nora Ephron from 1987 until her death in 2012.[9] Pileggi lives in New York City.

Nicholas had a brother Frank who was married to Charlotte Moorman and lived on top of Video Oyster at 62 Pearl Street. Frank and Charlotte founded and ran the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes / Awards Won
1990 Goodfellas[10] Screenplay / Book BAFTA – Best Screenplay – Adapted (1991) Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
1994 Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob[11][12] Writer
1995 Casino[13] Screenplay / Book
1996 City Hall[14] Written by
2007 Kings of South Beach[15] Written by / Producer
2007 American Gangster[16] Executive Producer
2016 The Godmother[17] Producer



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