Joe Pingue is a Canadian actor who has been distinguished for his many performances on television, both in his hometown and abroad. His career also spans film, and he is known for being a writer, producer and director as well. In 1995, he began his ascent to popularity with small roles on television. He was first seen on Visitors of the Night before he gained more substantial parts on shows. The next year, he made appearances on episodes of The Newsroom, Due South, and Wind at My Back. During that time, he worked on films like Maximum Risk on the big screen, with Gotti and Hidden in America on the small screen. He later got roles in F/X: The Series, Once a Thief, and The Last Don II.
In 1999, Joe Pingue got his breakthrough role in two films that year. He played Mark in the dramatic comedy Pushing Tin, starring John Cusack, Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett. Pingue’s other famous film was the thriller The Boondock Saints, where he was cast as Geno. This enabled him to work alongside Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Billy Connolly. Pingue was once again seen on television, getting roles in Twitch City, Falcone, Twice in a Lifetime, and several TV movies. Some were The Thin Blue Line, Drive Time Murders, and Phantom of the Megaplex. In 2001, Pingue played the character Marty on Queer as Folk, before he got roles on Harvard Man, The Big Heist and A Man’s Life. He soon garnered more fame portraying Klanderud in the action comedy film Knockaround Guys, starring Seth Green, Vin Diesel, and John Malkovich.
Pingue’s other appearances include those in The Zack Files, Degrassi: The Next Generation, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, and Across the River to Motor City. He was also in Blue Murder, two episodes of The Murdoch Mysteries, and played Leo Lombardi on Wild Card. Pingue is also known for voicing the character Tamago in the series The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom. In 2007, Pingue shared an award nomination with the cast of Rent-a-Goalie, gaining attention from the Gemini Awards in the category Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series. The next year, Pingue was cast on the film adaptation of Jose Saramago’s novel, Blindness. Also, he joined the FX comedy series Testees as the character Nugget.