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Nicholas Pileggi

Nicholas Pileggi
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Pileggi in 2010
Born (1933-02-22) February 22, 1933 (age 86)
OccupationProducer, author, screenwriter
Years active1989-present
Nora Ephron
(m. 1987; died 2012)
Parent(s)Nick Pileggi
Susan Pileggi

Nicholas Pileggi (, Italian: [pi'le:d?d?i]; 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.

Early life

Pileggi was born and raised in Brooklyn,[1] 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.[2][3][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;[2] this would provide the background upon which he later drew as a writer of factual books and fictional films related to the American Mafia.[4][better source needed]

Career

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 co-wrote the pilot of the CBS television series Vegas, which first aired in September 2012.[2]

Personal life

Pileggi was married to fellow author, journalist, and filmmaker Nora Ephron from 1987 until her death in 2012.[2]

Partial filmography

Year Film Role Notes / Awards Won
1990 Goodfellas Screenplay / Book BAFTA - Best Screenplay - Adapted (1991) Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
1993 Father Hood Producer
1994 Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob[7] Writer -
1995 Casino Screenplay / Book -
1996 City Hall Written by -
2007 Kings of South Beach Written by / Producer -
American Gangster Executive Producer -
2012 Vegas Co-Creator and Executive Producer
2016 The Godmother Producer -

Books

  • 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.

References

  1. ^ Patrick, Vincent (January 26, 1996). "Not So Organized Crime". New York Times. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Adams, Tim (February 3, 2013). "Nicholas Pileggi: the mob, Nora Ephron's death and Vegas". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Profile, filmreference.com; accessed June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nicholas Pileggi : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017.
  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.
  7. ^ Loynd, Ray (July 25, 1994). "'Loyalty and Betrayal': An Inside Look at the Mafia". Los Angeles Times.

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