Stanley Tucci

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Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci 2010.jpg
Tucci at the 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival 2010.
Born (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 54)
Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Alma mater State University of New York at Purchase (B.A., 1982)
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Kathryn Spath-Tucci
(1995–2009; her death)
Felicity Blunt
Children 4
Relatives Christine Tucci (sister)
Emily Blunt (sister-in-law)
John Krasinski (brother-in-law)

Stanley Tucci (/ˈti/; born November 11, 1960)[1] is an American actor, writer, film producer and film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009), and won an Emmy Award for his performance in Winchell. He also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek.

Early life[edit]

Tucci was born in Peekskill, New York,[2] and grew up in nearby Katonah,[3] the son of Joan (née Tropiano), a secretary and writer, and Stanley Tucci, Sr.,[3][4] an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York.[5] His parents, both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria.[6] He is the oldest of three children;[3] his sister is actress Christine Tucci.[7] Screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin.[8] During the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Florence, Italy.[6] He attended John Jay High School,[3] followed by SUNY Purchase, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982.[3]


Tucci earned his Actors' Equity card when actress Colleen Dewhurst, the mother of Tucci's high-school friend, actor Campbell Scott, arranged for the two young men to have parts as soldiers in a Broadway play in which she was co-starring,[3] The Queen and the Rebels, premiering September 30, 1982. His film debut was in Prizzi's Honor (1985). He performed at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1991 in a Molière play.[9] Tucci is known for his work in films such as The Pelican Brief, Beethoven, Kiss of Death, Road to Perdition and Big Night, and in the television series Murder One as the mysterious Richard Cross. Big Night (1996), which he starred in, co-wrote with his cousin Joseph Tropiano, and co-directed with Scott, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film also featured his sister Christine and their mother, who wrote a cookbook for the film. It won him and Tropiano the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

Tucci at the James Beard Awards in May 2009

He has been nominated three times for Golden Globes, and won twice – for his title role in Winchell (1998), and for his supporting role as Adolf Eichmann in Conspiracy (2001), both for HBO films. He also received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Winchell. He was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for his role as Johnny in the 2002 revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

In 2004, Caedmon Audio released an audiobook of Tucci reading Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions.

In July 2006, Tucci made an appearance on the USA Network TV series Monk, in a performance that earned him a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series. Tucci's TV series, the medical drama 3 lbs., debuted on CBS on November 14, 2006, but canceled that November 30 due to low ratings. He provides the voiceover in the AT&T Wireless "Raising the Bar" marketing campaign.[citation needed] In 2007, he had a recurring role in medical drama ER.

Tucci with actress Melanie Specht, his character's executive assistant in the film Transformers: Age of Extinction.

In 2009, Tucci portrayed George Harvey, a pedophile and serial killer of young girls, in The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel, for which he received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. To prepare for the role, he consulted with retired FBI profiler John Douglas.[10] The following year, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub.[11] Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.[12] He has appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009), both opposite Meryl Streep, The Hunger Games and its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Tucci was co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in Croton Falls, New York.[13] His cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in Autumn 2012.[6] On September 24, 2013, Variety and Entertainment Weekly reported that Tucci will guest voice-star in the long-running adult animated series American Dad!, the episode slated to air as part of the show's 10th season (2013–14).[14][15] In January 2015 was casted as one of the leading roles in Screen Gems Horror thriller film Patient Zero,[16] along Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Stanley Tucci's first wife was Kathryn Tucci (1962–2009), also known as Kate Tucci, who died of breast cancer.[18][19] She was a social worker and former wife of actor and stage manager Alexander R. Scott, the elder son of actors Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott.[20] She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children.[21] The couple also raised Kate's two children from her previous marriage.[3][21]

In 2011, Tucci became engaged to Felicity Blunt, an English literary agent and the elder sister of Tucci's The Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt, who introduced the couple several years after they worked together on Prada.[22] Tucci and Blunt married in a civil service in summer 2012,[23] followed by a larger ceremony at Middle Temple Hall in London on September 29, 2012.[24] On October 19, 2014, Tucci and Blunt announced that they are expecting their first child together.[25] On January 25, 2015, Blunt gave birth to the couple's son, Matteo Oliver.[26]


Tucci's film appearances and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Prizzi's Honor Soldier
1987 Who's That Girl 2nd Dock Worker
1988 Monkey Shines Dr. John Wiseman
1989 Slaves of New York Darryl
1989 Fear, Anxiety, & Depression Donny
1990 The Feud Harvey Yelton
1990 Quick Change Johnny
1991 Men of Respect Mal
1991 Billy Bathgate Lucky Luciano
1992 In the Soup Gregoire
1992 Beethoven Vernon
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Taylor
1992 The Public Eye Sal
1993 Undercover Blues Muerte
1993 The Pelican Brief Khamel
1994 It Could Happen to You Eddie Biasi
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Fred Hunter
1994 Somebody to Love George
1995 Jury Duty Frank/Billy
1995 Kiss of Death Frank Zioli
1995 Sex & the Other Man Arthur
1995 A Modern Affair Peter Kessler
1996 The Daytrippers Louis D'Amico
1996 Big Night Secondo Also writer, director & co-producer
1997 Deconstructing Harry Paul Epstein
1997 The Alarmist Heinrich Grigoris
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Elliot Zweikel
1998 The Eighteenth Angel Todd Stanton
1998 Montana Nicholas Roth
1998 The Impostors Arthur Also writer, director & producer
1998 Winchell Walter Winchell TV film
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck
1999 In Too Deep Preston D'Ambrosio
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Joe Mitchell Also director & producer
2001 Sidewalks of New York Griffin Risto
2001 America's Sweethearts Dave Kingman
2001 The Whole Shebang Giovanni Bazinni
2001 Conspiracy Adolf Eichmann TV film
2002 Big Trouble Arthur Herk
2002 Road to Perdition Frank Nitti
2002 Maid in Manhattan Jerry Siegel
2003 The Core Dr. Conrad Zimsky
2003 Spin Frank Haley
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Stanley Kubrick
2004 The Terminal Frank Dixon
2004 Shall We Dance? Link
2005 Robots Herb Copperbottom (voice)
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Det. Brikowski
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Nigel
2007 Four Last Songs Larry
2007 The Hoax Shelton Fisher
2008 Blind Date Don Also writer & director
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mr. Berk
2008 Space Chimps The Senator (voice)
2008 Swing Vote Martin Fox
2008 What Just Happened Scott Solomon
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Boldo (voice)
2009 Julie & Julia Paul Child
2009 The Lovely Bones George Harvey
2010 Easy A Dill Penderghast
2010 Burlesque Sean
2010 Margin Call Eric Dale
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Dr. Abraham Erskine
2012 The Hunger Games Caesar Flickerman
2012 Gambit Zaidenweber
2012 The Company You Keep Ray Fuller
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Lord Roderick
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Dionysus (Mr. D)
2013 The Fifth Estate James Boswell
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Caesar Flickerman
2013 Some Velvet Morning Fred
2014 The Wind Rises Giovanni Battista Caproni (voice)
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Leonardo da Vinci (voice)
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Ivan the Guard Cameo
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Joshua Joyce
2014 Wild Card Baby Completed
2014 A Little Chaos Completed
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Caesar Flickerman
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Caesar Flickerman Post-production
TBA Spotlight Walter V. Robinson Filming
2016 Patient Zero Filming
Tucci's television appearances and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Crime Story Zack Lowman 1 episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"
1987 Kojak: The Price of Justice 1st Tenant Unknown episodes
1988 The Street Arthur Scolari Unknown episodes
1986–88 Miami Vice Frank Mosca, Steven Demarco 3 episodes
1988 The Equalizer Assemblyman Phillip Wingate 1 episode: "The Last Campaign"
1988–89 Wiseguy Rick Pinzolo 5 episodes
1989–90 thirtysomething Karl Draconis 2 episodes
1990 Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Stranger Detective Patrick McGuire Television movie
1990 Lifestories Art Conforti 1 episode: "Art Conforti"
1990–91 Equal Justice Detective Frank Mirelli 3 episodes
1995–96 Murder One Richard Cross 23 episodes
2000 Bull Hunter Lasky 5 episodes
2004 Frasier Morrie (caller) 1 episode: "Frasier-Lite"
2006 Monk David Ruskin 1 episode: "Mr. Monk and the Actor"
2006 3 lbs. Dr. Douglas Hanson 6 episodes
2007–08 ER Dr. Kevin Moretti 10 episodes
2012 30 Rock Henry Warren 1 episode: "Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky"
2013 American Dad! Lorenzo Permanent Record Wrecker
2014 BoJack Horseman Herb Kazzaz Season 1
2015 Fortitude DCI Morton Season 1
2015 The Italian Americans Narrator 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1996 Big Night Boston Society of Film Critics Best New Director Won
1996 Big Night Boston Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay Won
1996 Big Night Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Won
1996 Big Night New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best New Director Won
1996 Big Night Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award Won
1996 Big Night Deauville Film Festival Grand Special Prize Award Nominated
1996 Big Night Independent Spirit Awards Best First Film Nominated
1996 Big Night Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Nominated
1996 Big Night Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
1996 Big Night Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Feature Nominated
1995 Murder One Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
1995 Murder One Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1998 Winchell Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie Won
1998 Winchell Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Won
1998 Winchell Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2001 Conspiracy Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
2001 Conspiracy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2001 Conspiracy Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2006 Monk: Mr. Monk and the Actor Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2009 The Lovely Bones Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 The Lovely Bones BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2009 The Lovely Bones Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 The Lovely Bones Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 The Lovely Bones Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
2009 The Lovely Bones Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 The Lovely Bones Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2007 ER Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2010 Margin Call Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Published works[edit]

  • Tucci, Stanley; Blunt, Felicity (2014). The Tucci Table: Cooking With Family and Friends. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1476738567. 


  1. ^ Stanley V. & Kathryn Tucci at Retrieved on November 22, 2014. Archived from the original on November 22, 2014.Note: Some sources, including Playbill and Baldassare, Angela (1999). The Great Dictators: Interviews with Filmmakers of Italian Descent. Guernica Editions. p. 104.  give birthdate of January 11, 1960.
  2. ^ "Peekskill > Prominent Peekskill People". Peekskill Arts Council. 2007. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Kahn, Toby (January 22, 1996). "Touch of Evil". People. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Staudter, Thomas (April 2, 2000). "Film Screening to Benefit Peekskill Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Tucci, Joan Tropiano, and Gianni Scappin with Mimi Shanley Taft, Cucina & Famiglia: Two Italian Families Share Their Stories, Recipes, and Traditions, New York: William Morrow, 1999, ISBN 0-688-15902-8
  6. ^ a b c Bruni, Frank (October 2, 2012). "Hollywood Ending, With Meatballs". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Stanley Tucci Biography (1960–)". Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "A 'Big Night' for Food Fans". The Washington Post. September 25, 1996. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ James, Susan Donaldson. "The Lovely Bones: Serial Killers Elude as Ordinary Neighbors" December 18, 2009. http://
  11. ^ Cohen, Patricia (February 17, 2010). "Stanley Tucci, Director". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ Stanley Tucci joins 'Captain America'. (October 31, 2012).
  13. ^ "Stanley Tucci Biography". Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kim Kardashian ‘American Dad’: Reality Star to Play Alien on Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  15. ^ Hibberd, James. "Kim Kardashian to play alien on 'American Dad' | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  16. ^ Miska, Brad. "Stanley Tucci Becomes ‘Patient Zero’". DC. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike. "Stanley Tucci Nabs Villain Role In ‘Patient Zero’". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  18. ^ "Kathryn Louise Spath-Tucci Obituary". Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Stanley Tucci's Wife Dies of Cancer", OfficialWire, May 7, 2009
  20. ^ "Miss Spath Plans To Marry In Fall". The New York Times. February 27, 1983. 
  21. ^ a b "Stanley Tucci Interview". Long Island Press. September 18, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Stanley Tucci Is Engaged to Emily Blunt's Sister Felicity!". Us Weekly. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Stanley Tucci Marries Felicity Blunt". People. August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Anne Hathaway's Dream Wedding - More Weddings". People. October 15, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ Webber, Stephanie (October 19, 2014). "Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt Expecting First Child: 'It's Incredible". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Stanley Tucci and wife Felicity Blunt welcome baby son Matteo Oliver". Daily Mail. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 

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