Nicholas Pileggi

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Nicholas Pileggi
Nicholas Pieggi.jpg
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 elder son of an Italian immigrant father, Nicola ("Nick") from Calabria and an American-born mother, Susie. He has a younger brother, Dominick.[1] Nicola "Nick" Pileggi was a cinema musician for silent films and later owned a shoe store.[2][3]

In the 1950s, he worked as a journalist for Associated Press and New York Magazine, specializing in crime reporting for more than three decades;[2] this 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.[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.[5] 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).[6]

Pileggi cowrote the pilot of the CBS television series Vegas, which first aired in September 2012.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Pileggi was married to fellow author, journalist, and screenwriter Nora Ephron from 1987 until her death in 2012.[2] Pileggi lives in New York City. His brother Frank was married to Charlotte Moorman; the couple founded and ran the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York.[citation needed]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes / Awards Won
1990 Goodfellas[7] Screenplay / Book BAFTA – Best Screenplay – Adapted (1991) Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
1994 Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob[8][9] Writer
1995 Casino[10] Screenplay / Book
1996 City Hall[11] Written by
2007 Kings of South Beach[12] Written by / Producer
2007 American Gangster[13] Executive Producer
2016 The Godmother[14] Producer



  1. ^ "Ancestry Library Edition". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Adams, Tim (2013-02-03). "Nicholas Pileggi: the mob, Nora Ephron's death and Vegas". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nicholas Pileggi : Biography". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  5. ^ Vlastelica, Ryan (September 18, 2015). "Goodfellas turned Wiseguy’s simple prose into cinematic gold". AV Club. 
  6. ^ "BLYE, PRIVATE EYE: The Real World of the Private Detective by Nicholas Pileggi". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Casino". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  8. ^ Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob. 1994. Retrieved 2017-06-16. }}
  9. ^ Loynd, Ray (July 25, 1994). "'Loyalty and Betrayal': An Inside Look at the Mafia". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ "Casino". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  11. ^ "City Hall". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Nicholas Pileggi : Credits". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  13. ^ "~American Gangster". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  14. ^ "The Godmother". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 

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