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Joe Pantoliano            

Emmy Award-Winning Actor & Film Producer; Mental Health Advocate

Joe Pantoliano is an award-winning actor known for his tough-guy roles in Risky Business, Memento, "The Sopranos." In 2016, he acted in The Perfect Match and Sense8 on Netflix. But it was his role as a father dealing with his wife's mental illness in 2006's Canvas that inspired him to face his own clinical depression and his childhood growing up with a mother who was bipolar. In response, he authored two memoirs: "Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy" and "Asylum: Hollywood Tales From My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery and Being My Mother's Son."

Making it his life’s calling to help others, Pantoliano has become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. He encourages audiences to take action and become more knowledgeable about mental illness—including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Pantoliano launched the non-profit No Kidding, Me Too!, which works to promote education and awareness with the hope of removing the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Through No Kidding, Me Too!, he directed the powerful documentary Hope's Messengers, which presents an honest, empowering portrayal of those living with mental illness.

With courage, humor, and compassion, Pantoliano has put a face on the mental health issue. Speaking in his no-nonsense style, he shares the experiences that have fueled his craft and creativity while offering hope to those affected by mental illness.

Speech Topics

Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression

Who's Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy

Stomp the Stigma of Mental Illness

A Tough Guy Battles Back

Joe Pantoliano has been grappling with clinical depression for over a decade. Before diagnosed, the actor, widely known as “Joey Pants,” would put on his “Joey” facade to be part of the solution, not the problem, for the 15 weeks on a movie set. But coming home, he’d crawl under the sheets feeling like his “heart was paralyzed.”

Post diagnosis, Pantoliano felt shrouded in the stigma that surrounds depression when he couldn’t get health coverage on movie sets for fear he might have a nervous breakdown. It was then he realized he couldn’t have the luxury of being anonymous with mental illness.

Today he advocates for the recognition that “the brain does not have the same equal rights as the liver or the kidney or the gall bladder,” he said. But it should. In an uplifting, funny, and clever presentation, Pantoliano shares his own personal story of living with depression, inspiring others with his commentary, “I’ve got it. I’m functioning. My life is better for it.”


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The new play "Bronx Bombers" opens September 17.
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Alternate Name: Joey Pants, Joseph Peter Pantoliano, Joey Pants, Joseph ... the inexhaustible Joe Pantoliano boasts over 100 film, television, and stage credits.

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