Nicholas Pileggi


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Nicholas Pileggi (born February 22, 1933) is an American author and screenwriter.

Early life

Pileggi was born and raised in New York City, New York, the son of Susan (Defaslo) and Nick Pileggi, a shoe store owner.

Career

Pileggi began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia. He is best known for writing Wiseguy: ... more »

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  • ''Let me tell you something. Nobody goes to jail unless they want to. Unless they make themselves get caught. They don't have things organized.''
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, trying to calm his wife Karen (Lorraine Bracco) when sh...
  • Today everything is different. I can't even get decent food. Right after I got here I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and catsup. I'm an average nobody, I get to live ...
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover in the closing scene after Henry has entered ...
  • ''For most of the guys killings got to be accepted. Murder was the only way everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules.''
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover as Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway ...
  • ''Whenever we needed money, we robbed the airport. To us it was better than Citibank.''
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover philosophizing on his life of crime (1990).
  • ''Saturday night was for wives, but Friday night at the Copa was always for the girlfriends.''
    Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover as gangsters and girlfriends take in the show...
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