Joe Pingue is an Canadian film and television actor. He portrays Captain Merrit in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.


Joe Pingue was born Giuseppe "Joe" Pingue[3] in Niagara Falls, Canada and is the youngest of five children. Both of his parents are Italian immigrants from the region of Abruzzo. His mother landed at Ellis Island and his father in Halifax in the late 1950s.

Pingue began doing plays and musicals during his high school years at Ridley College in Ontario, Canada. In 1995, he completed training at the three-year acting conservatory at York University in Toronto and began working as an actor in independent theatre, film and television and TV commercials. In 1997, he played the Role of Barry in the New Yorker production of "Ladies Night" a play which was based on the film "The Full Monty".

In 2006, he portrayed the role of Leo in the film with the same name and was Nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award and ACTRA Award for this performance. In 2007, he produced and wrote the short film "The Answer Key" which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Live Action Short) and an ACTRA anomination for his portrayal of Joseph Strobe.

From 2006 to 2008, he was a series-regular on the Original Showcase comedy Rent-A-Goalie, playing the part of Joey Almost, a character that ended every sentence with the word almost. In 2008, Pingue was a series regular on the short-lived FX comedy "Testees," playing the role of Nugget. In 2008, he was awarded Canada and Ontario arts council grants to produce and direct the Short Film "Chili & Cheese: A condimental Rift" which went on to win awards in North American and European film festivals.


  1. "Pingue, 38, is also a character actor - with an impressive resume. He's appeared in TV shows such as Due South, Queer as Folk, Zoe Busiek: Wild Card, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Rent-a-Goalie and Spliced, and many movies, including The Boondock Saints, Casino Jack with Kevin Spacey, Repo Men, starring Jude Law, Forest Whitacker and Liev Schreiber, and The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman."