Pileggi in 2010
|Born||February 22, 1933|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Producer, author, screenwriter|
(m. 1987; died 2012)
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.
Pileggi was born and raised in Brooklyn, 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 American 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||-|
|2012||Vegas||Co-Creator and Executive Producer|