An Italian American Star from Hoboken

Hoboken was not only the birthplace of Italian American crooners Jimmy Roselli and Frank Sinatra. Italian American actor Joe Pantoliano was also born in the northern New Jersey town. Pantoliano is a phenomenal actor, who is perhaps best known for playing the hoodlum Guido in “Risky Business,” Francis Fratelli in “The Goonies,” Bob in “La Bamba,” Deputy U.S. Marshall Cosmo Renfro in “The Fugitive,” Cypher in “The Matrix,” and the mysterious mobster Ralph Cifaretto in “The Sopranos.” 

Joe was born on September 12, 1951. His parents were Domenico and Mary (née Centrella) Pantoliano. Domenico worked as a hearse driver and


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