Jonathan Tucker

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Jonathan Tucker
Jonathan Tucker at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Tucker at the 2009 premiere of An Englishman in New York
Born Jonathan Moss Tucker
(1982-05-31) May 31, 1982 (age 33)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Tara Tucker
(2012–present)

Jonathan Moss Tucker (born May 31, 1982)[1] is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Virgin Suicides (1999), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Hostage (2005), In the Valley of Elah (2007), and The Ruins (2008). He has appeared in the television series The Black Donnellys (2007) and Parenthood (2011–2013). As of October 2014, he co-stars in the DirecTV drama series Kingdom with Frank Grillo.

Early life[edit]

Tucker was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents Maggie Moss, a public relations and marketing analyst and executive, and Paul Hayes Tucker, a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts and a leading expert on Claude Monet.[2] His paternal great-grandfather was historian and ambassador Carlton J. H. Hayes.[3] His father is of Irish Catholic background and his mother is Jewish.[4][5]

Tucker was raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts but attended The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts.[6] He attended the Boston Ballet and played Fritz in their production of The Nutcracker for 5 years starting when he was in the third grade.[6] He was featured in a Boston Ballet calendar and attended The Thacher School in Ojai, California.[7] Tucker said of his ballet experience, "Ballet is one of the more difficult rigors that I've ever done. The Ballet instructors are some of the most intimidating people I've met."[6]

Career[edit]

Tucker first started off in film by appearing in the early 90s films Botte di Natale (1994), Two If by Sea (1996) and Sleepers (1996) before being cast in the 1999 film The Virgin Suicides as Tim Weiner.[6][8][9][10]

He starred as Matthew in the 2000 comedy film 100 Girls.[11] A year later, he co-starred in The Deep End with Tilda Swinton and Josh Lucas.[12] In 2003, Tucker was cast in the horror film, and remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre where he played Morgan.[7] In 2004, he appeared in the films Stateside and Criminal.[13][14]

His better known roles are as Dennis Cooper in the 2005 film Hostage. Tucker plays one of the brothers that, along with their mysterious accomplice Mars, holds a family hostage.[15] He starred with Tommy Lee Jones in the 2007 film In the Valley of Elah as a soldier who is found dismembered and burned after he recently returned from Iraq.[16] During that time, he also played Tommy Donnelly in the TV series The Black Donnellys.[17]

Nick Jonas, Joanna Going, Matt Lauria, Frank Grillo and Tucker at the premiere of the Kingdom in October 2014

In 2008, he was cast in The Ruins, a horror film about human eating plants.[18] Tucker said he practiced Transcendental Meditation to offset the loneliness while filming the movie in Australia.[7]

He portrayed emerging artist Patrick Angus in the 2009 film An Englishman in New York, opposite John Hurt as Quentin Crisp. The biographical drama chronicles Crisp's later years spent in New York City. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Tucker was cast in the 2010 thriller film The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks.[19]

It was announced in November 2011, that Tucker signed on to the TV series Parenthood.[17] He played the role of Bob Little from 2011 to 2014.

Since the series premiered on the Audience Network in October 2014, Tucker co-stars on the DirecTV drama series Kingdom. He plays Jay, a mixed martial artist and son of trainer, Alvey Kulina (played by Frank Grillo).[20] Tucker will also appear in the final five episodes of the TV series Justified on FX.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Jonathan Tucker is married to Tara Tucker, daughter of author Liaquat Ahamed. They were married on June 16, 2012.[2]

Tucker is the founder of the "Pegasus Fund". It is a nonprofit organization that provides free summer-camp trips for disadvantaged students in Los Angeles.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Tucker (left) and Serena Scott Thomas on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz greeting sailors to promote the film Hostage in March 2005
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Troublemakers Moses Junior a.k.a. The Fight Before Christmas and Botte di Natale
1996 Two If by Sea Todd a.k.a. Stolen Hearts
1996 Sleepers Young Tommy Marcano
1999 Virgin Suicides, TheThe Virgin Suicides Tim Weiner
2000 100 Girls Matthew
2001 Deep End, TheThe Deep End Beau Hall
2001 Ball in the House JJ
2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, TheThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre Morgan
2004 Stateside Mark Deloach a.k.a. Sinners
2004 Criminal Michael
2005 Hostage Dennis Cooper
2005 Bee Season Student (uncredited)
2006 Love Comes to the Executioner Heck Prigusivac
2006 Pulse Josh
2007 Cherry Crush Jordan Wells
2007 Day 73 with Sarah David Short film
2007 In the Valley of Elah Mike Deerfield
2008 Ruins, TheThe Ruins Jeff
2009 Englishman in New York, AnAn Englishman in New York Patrick Angus
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Edward
2010 Flying Lessons Billy
2010 Meskada Shane Loakin
2010 Next Three Days, TheThe Next Three Days David

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Early Edition Tony Episode: "Frostbite"
1998 Mr. Music Rob Tennant TV movie
2001 Practice, TheThe Practice Chad Baldwin / "James Tucker" Episode: "Vanished: Part 1 & 2"
2002 Philly Eli Wexler Episode: "The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Arnz Episode: "Crash and Burn"
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ian Tate Episode: "Abomination"
2004 Six Feet Under Bruno Baskerville Walsh Episode: "Falling into Place"
2005 Masters of Horror Jak Episode: "Dance of the Dead"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Drew Ramsey Episode: "Wrongful Life"
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Tommy Donnelly 13 episodes
2010 White Collar Avery Phillips Episode: "Hard Sell"
2011 Criminal Minds Raymond Donovan Episode: "The Thirteenth Step"
2011 Royal Pains Shaw Morgan 2 episodes
2011–2013 Parenthood Bob Little 10 episodes
2012 Perception Brady McGraw Episode: "Nemesis"
2012 Person of Interest Riley Cavanaugh Episode: "Triggerman"
2012 Ro Jordan 5 episodes
2014 Hannibal Matthew Brown 2 episodes
2014 High Moon Stanislav 'Stan' Stavin TV movie
2014 Kingdom Jay Kulina Main role
2015 Justified Boon 5 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Tucker biography, filmreference.com, May 31, 1982; retrieved May 30, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Tara Ahamed, Jonathan Tucker Wedding Announcement". The New York Times. June 17, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lisa Zwirn "An Art Historian Does Wonders With Wall Space", The Boston Globe via highbeam.com. November 11, 2004.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/jonathanmtucker/status/184016448849580034
  5. ^ https://www.jewishtampa.com/jews-in-the-news/jews-in-the-news-10-3-14
  6. ^ a b c d "The Gonz Show: Jonathan Tucker extended". Boston Magazine. January 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Lance Avery Morgan (November 10, 2010). "Jonathan Tucker: Personal Best". The Society Chronicles. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ Lancia, Enrico (2001). Dizionario del cinema italiano (1. ed.). Roma: Gremese. p. 119. ISBN 8884400856. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Two if By Sea (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ Jeremy Taylor (June 19, 2013). "See the Cast of 'The Virgin Suicides' Then and Now Read More: See the Cast of 'The Virgin Suicides' Then and Now". Screen Crush. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  11. ^ "100 Girls (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Roger Ebert (August 15, 2001). "The Deep End Movie Review & Film Summary (2001)". Roger Ebert Online. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Stateside (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ Stephen Holden (September 10, 2004). "Cons Meet Their Match: They Swindle Each Other". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Hostage (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Wesley Morris (September 14, 2007). "After 'Crash,' directory explores Iraq war's emotional wreckage". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Natalie Abrams (November 2, 2011). "Black Donnellys' Jonathan Tucker Heading to Parenthood". TV Guide. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  18. ^ Mark Olsen (April 5, 2008). "Feeling stuck in 'The Ruins'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  19. ^ Jay A. Fernandez (November 9, 2010). "IT'S A SIGN: 'Potter' Star Rupert Grint Signs With Gersh, Jonathan Tucker with UTA, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Stepping into the Cage with KINGDOM’s Jonathan Tucker". DirectTV. November 5, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ Teresa Jue (January 7, 2015). "Jonathan Tucker joins 'Justified' for final season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 

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