Tucker at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Jonathan Moss Tucker
May 31, 1982
Tara Tucker (m. 2012)
Jonathan Moss Tucker (born May 31, 1982) is an American 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), Parenthood (2011–2013), Kingdom (2014-2017), Snowfall (2018), and Westworld (2018).
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 Boston and a leading expert on Claude Monet. His paternal great-grandfather was historian and ambassador Carlton J. H. Hayes. His aunt and uncle, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, where they remain as co-directors.
Tucker was raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and attended The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. 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. He was featured in a Boston Ballet calendar and attended The Thacher School in Ojai, California. 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".
Tucker first started off in film by appearing in the early 1990s 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.
He starred as Matthew in the 2000 comedy film 100 Girls. A year later, he co-starred in Sundance hit The Deep End with Tilda Swinton and Josh Lucas. In 2003, Tucker was cast in the much anticipated re-imagining of the 1974 horror film of the same name, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre produced by Michael Bay and directed by Marcus Nispel. In 2004, he appeared in the films Stateside and Criminal.
In the 2005 film Hostage, Tucker worked alongside Bruce Willis and Ben Foster. Tucker plays Dennis Cooper, one of the brothers that, along with their mysterious accomplice Mars, holds a family hostage. Tucker was directed by Paul Haggis twice in 2007: first, he starred as Tommy Lee Jones's son in the film In the Valley of Elah as a soldier who is permanently changed by war after returning from Iraq; he also played Tommy Donnelly in the NBC TV series The Black Donnellys.
In 2008, he was cast in The Ruins, a thriller based on the best selling book by Scott Smith and directed by Sundance award-winner Carter Smith. Tucker said he practiced Transcendental Meditation to offset the loneliness while filming the movie in Australia.
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, continuing his relationship with Haggis.
Tucker also co-starred on the DirecTV drama series Kingdom. He played Jay, a mixed martial artist and son of trainer, Alvey Kulina, for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor by Entertainment Weekly: "One of the most underappreciated actors on one of the most underappreciated shows, Jonathan Tucker’s turn as Jay Kulina is one of the most electric performances on television."
Jonathan Tucker is married to Tara Tucker, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning economic historian Liaquat Ahamed. They were married on June 16, 2012. and they had twins born May 15 2019  Tucker is the founder of the nonprofit organization The Pegasus Fund, which supplements the academic journey of top-performing students in under-served communities by sending them to summer camp as a means to help them prepare for the new geographic and social environments of the private secondary schools they plan to attend.
|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||The Virgin Suicides||Tim Weiner|
|2001||The Deep End||Beau Hall|
|2001||Ball in the House||JJ|
|2003||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre||Morgan|
|2004||Stateside||Mark Deloach||a.k.a. Sinners|
|2005||Bee Season||Student (uncredited)|
|2006||Love Comes to the Executioner||Heck Prigusivac|
|2007||Cherry Crush||Jordan Wells|
|2007||Day 73 with Sarah||David||Short film|
|2007||In the Valley of Elah||Mike Deerfield|
|2009||An Englishman in New York||Patrick Angus|
|2009||Veronika Decides to Die||Edward|
|2010||The Next Three Days||David|
|2018||Skin||Jeffrey||Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film|
|1997||Early Edition||Tony||Episode: "Frostbite"|
|1998||Mr. Music||Rob Tennant||TV movie|
|2001||The 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||The 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"|
|2014||Hannibal||Matthew Brown||2 episodes|
|2014||High Moon||Stanislav 'Stan' Stavin||TV movie|
|2014–2017||Kingdom||Jay Kulina||Main role|
|2017||American Gods||Low Key Lyesmith||Episode: "The Bone Orchard"|
|2018||Westworld||Major Craddock||3 episodes|
|2018||Snowfall||Matt McDonald||season 2|
|2019-||City on a Hill||Frankie Ryan||season 1|
|2017||Call of Duty: WWII||Private First Class Robert Zussman||Voice, Likeness, and Motion Capture|
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