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The Mental Health Association of Connecticut Educational Lecture Series Welcomes: Joe Pantoliano
Actor, Author and Advocate for Mental Health Awareness
Most people know Joe Pantoliano from The Sopranos, The Matrix, The Goonies, Risky Business, Memento, and The Fugitive.
But before he became one of Hollywood’s most successful character actors, he was “Joey Pants” from Hoboken, the son of a fiercely controlling schizophrenic mother. Growing up, Joe always knew something was different with him, too. “It was as if I was born with a huge hole inside of me,” he writes. Not until much later in life was Joe diagnosed with clinical depression. Now he has a message for the millions of people who suffer from mental illness and for the friends and family who care for them: You are not alone.
Before Joe was diagnosed he tried to fill the hole inside of him with alcohol. Then he stopped drinking because the alcohol had stopped working, and instead took up to twenty Vicodin a day in an effort to numb his emotional and physical pain. Even after being diagnosed Joe faced roadblocks, such as when he couldn’t get insured on a film because of his antidepressant medication.
Asylum is the story of Joe’s Hollywood success, his undiagnosed mental illness and substance abuse, and how that all led to his eventual awareness, diagnosis, recovery, public activism, and advocacy. Interweaving deeply personal experience with informative discourse, Pantoliano creates a highly relevant and unflinchingly honest memoir that will resonate not only with victims of mental illness, and witnesses to its devastating effects, but the general reader curious about the working of the human mind.
Acclaimed actor, director, producer and best-selling author, Joe Pantoliano (affectionately known as Joey Pants) is celebrated for the richly-complex characters he has portrayed in over 100 film, television, and stage productions. His resume is filled with both critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles, a testament to his uncanny ability to pick (and make) a winner. A favorite of master filmmakers like Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Davis, and the Wachowski brothers, Pantoliano’s busy career spans over three decades of memorable roles in films like “Risky Business,” “The Goonies,” “La Bamba,” “Midnight Run,” "Bad Boys I and II," “Empire of the Sun,” “The Fugitive,” “The Matrix,” “Memento,” “Daredevil”
and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians.”
On television, his portrayal of eccentric mobster “Ralphie Cifaretto” in HBO’s landmark series “The Sopranos,” netted him a Best-Supporting Actor Emmy in 2003. Other television work has included a lead role in the popular show EZ Streets, as well as prominent roles in Arli$$, NYPD Blue, Outer Limits, and Roswell among many others. Inspired by his role in “Canvas,”
Diane Smith, NY Times best selling author and Emmy award winning TV journalist will be our lecture moderator. www.dianesmithmedia.com
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