Joey Pantoliano & Dani Pantoliano

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“You have to be willing to be lucky, you have to create the space for luck to touch you. And its over and over and over again, its not like one big break its a thousand little breaks.”

Welcome back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt episode 37. Elise and Lesley sit down with Emmy award winner Actor Joey Pantoliano and his filmmaking daughter Dani Pantoliano. They discuss celebrity verses craft, family vacations to movie sets, and leaving a little room for luck.


Joe Pantoliano was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. After appearing on several sitcoms and TV movies, he had a film role in Risky Business in 1983. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he was one of Hollywood's busiest character actors. In 2001, he joined the cast of HBO’s hit dramatic series The Sopranos as Ralph Cifaretto, for which he earned an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 2003.