By Joe Pantoliano, David Evanier
Joe ("Joey Pants") Pantoliano, Hoboken's moment favourite son (he hasn't been capable of knock off Sinatra) tells his interesting tale of becoming up in a real-life Sopranos relatives. we all know him as Ralphie Cifaretto at the Sopranos, or the traitor within the Matrix, or Guido the Killer Pimp in dicy enterprise, yet who knew Joey was once really a stand-up man? How did he get the foundation and motivation to play most of these adorable, swindling, mendacity, captivating rogues and gangsters? prepare to fulfill the family members. Written in a mode that would be immediately commonly used to Joey's a number of fans-tough, outspoken, yet with a captivating facet, too- who is Sorry now's the interesting tale of 1 street-smart child's convoluted trip from Hoboken to Hollywood.
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Cousin Kelly had taken over control of the bar by then, and his tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold attitude and unwavering moral sensibility made me proud to be related to him, even as a kid. He ran one hell of a bar back in the day, not to mention one tight ship of a household. He was a strict disciplinarian with his kids, but managed to earn their respect and love and maintain it even during their teenage years, and if he needed any vindication at all, every one of his kids turned out to be rocksolid salt-of-the-earth adults.
It was enough to earn him the title “Dopey Gus,” which is what everybody in town knew him by. “Dopey” has funny connotations, but make no mistake, there was nothing funny about my Grandfather Gus. Wild, drunken 39 JOE PANTOLIANO and absolutely mad, perhaps, but not funny, or cute, or anything resembling the dwarf by the same name. Grandpa Gus used to run the Italian lottery in Hoboken for Vito Genovese during Don Vito’s rise to the top. As kids, my mother and her brother Pete would drive into Manhattan’s Lower East Side with the numbers, complete with receipts and cash, and give them to Vito’s brother, who’d check them against the winning numbers from the Naples horse track.
Still, she never stopped trying. The hustle was in her blood. She loved the action, and she had muscle in her every bone. Looking back at my parents’ life together, I guess the unceasing combat was inevitable. Both of their ancestors were from the legendary tough-blooded region of Avellino in Naples, Italy. Legend has it that one of my mother’s relatives, Pellerino Morano, was one of the “founding fathers” of the Cosa Nostra in New York City at the turn of the century. La Cosa Nostra means “This thing of ours,” and was often used to label the establishment of an Italian community and family away from 37 JOE PANTOLIANO the old country.