Joe Pantoliano, or as I now call him “Joey Pants”, is simply put, one of the great character actors of the last 30 years, having built an amazingly memorable career playing incredible roles (Over 100 Film, Television, And Theater Credits!) in some of the biggest and most memorable movies/TV Shows of my generation’s lifetime.  A favorite of directors Richard Donner, Steven Spielberg, Andrew Davis, and Andy and Larry Wachowski, he is known as a scene stealer whose characters have become legendary in some of Hollywood’s greatest moments — including killer pimp Guido in Risky Business (1983), bumbling criminal Francis Fratelli in The Goonies (1985), double-crossing bail bondsman Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), cynical U.S. Marshall Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), turncoat Cypher in The Matrix (1999), shady sidekick Teddy in Memento (2000), and sooo much more.  But one role that is always talked about, and one of the greatest villains in TV of the last quarter century, was portraying psychopathic mobster Ralphie Cifaretto on one of the most groundbreaking and pioneering shows in history, HBO’s ‘The Sopranos”, which nabbed Joey an Emmy for “Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series”.  “The Sopranos” is my favorite show of all time, and helped change television history, and you would think that with such a tremendous career in the hardest business in the world, Joe Pantoliano would never have anything but a smile on his face, but looks can be deceiving.

While filming “The Sopranos”, Joey wrote his autobiography with one of the great authors in the business (Who I also just interviewed, NY Times Bestseller David Evanier) called “Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy”, which was a bittersweet memoir about his “Unique” New Jersey childhood growing up in Hoboken, NJ, which ended up becoming a NY Times Bestselling Book for both of them and while making his movie “Canvas”, it all finally clicked for Joe.  On October 9, 2007, Pantoliano announced on the National Alliance on Mental Illness blog that he has been suffering from clinical depression for the last decade, although he was only formally diagnosed recently. He claims that his recent film Canvas was what helped him come to terms with his depression and rather than hide his struggle from the public, he has chosen to speak out about it to remove some of the stigmas that are commonly associated with mental illness. He founded a non-profit organization, No Kidding, Me Too! which has raised an amazing amount of money to unite members of the entertainment industry (Watch the interview to see some of the “A-List” names that he has been able to pull together for such a tremendous cause) in educating the public about mental illness, and now he has released a book called “Asylum” to talk about his battle against one of the worst enemies imaginable, Depression. It’s available on Amazon for Pre-Sale now at a discount before it’s bookstore release on May 1st, and I have linked it here so that all of Kade Nation can go buy this amazing book and learn how devastating Depression can be, even for someone who you would think has the world in the palm of his hands in Hollywood.

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of the “Coolest” actors of a generation (I also grabbed lunch with him which was just freaking awesome!), Joe Pantoliano, and we talk about his wonderful career in entertainment, the battles with Depression that threatened to rip his career, marriage, and sanity apart, how he felt when he won his Emmy, how passionate he is about creating awareness around Depression through his book, charity, and celebrity friends, how the industry has changed in many ways for the negative, and sooo much more!  I can’t even begin to tell you how truly cool and genuine “Joey Pants” is in real life, and how open he is about his struggles with Depression and how it almost destroyed him, and more importantly the tools that he used to rescue himself and finally begin to find peace in his life and career.  This book is a must buy, and will no doubt be another NY Times Bestseller for him, but more importantly if he can help people fight back against the destruction that is Depression, I think it will be even bigger then any award received or role he has ever played.  Truly a pleasure Joe, and so happy we could meet..You are inspiring, and coming from someone who has battled Depression and anxiety throughout his life, our day together was just an honor!