Nicholas Pileggi

Nicholas Pileggi
Nicholas Pileggi

Pileggi with his wife Nora Ephron in New York City, 2010.
Born February 22, 1933 (1933-02-22) (age 78)
New York City, New York
Occupation producer, screenwriter
Years active 1990 - present
Spouse Nora Ephron (1987-)

Nicholas Pileggi (born February 22, 1933 in New York City, New York) is an Italian-American author and screenwriter.



Pileggi is best known for writing the book Wiseguy, which he adapted into the movie Goodfellas, and for writing the book and screenplay Casino. The movie versions of both were co-written and directed by Martin Scorsese. Pileggi also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film City Hall. He began his career as a journalist and had a profound interest in the Mafia. This is where he developed his intuition to author books such as Wiseguy and Casino. He is also the author of the book Blye: Private Eye.

He married Nora Ephron in 1987. Pileggi served as an executive producer of the 2007 film American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott.

Partial filmography

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 --
2007 American Gangster Executive Producer --


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