Tucci at the 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival 2010.
November 11, 1960 |
Peekskill, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Purchase (B.A., 1982)|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, producer, director|
(m. 1995–2009; her death)
|Relatives||Christine Tucci (sister)
Emily Blunt (sister-in-law)
John Krasinski (co-brother-in-law)
Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009). He won two Emmy Awards for his performances in Winchell and Monk. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek!
Tucci was born in Peekskill, New York, and grew up in nearby Katonah, the son of Joan (née Tropiano), a secretary and writer, and Stanley Tucci, Sr., an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. His parents, both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria. He is the oldest of three children; his sister is actress Christine Tucci. Screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin. During the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Florence, Italy.
He attended John Jay High School, and SUNY Purchase, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982. Among his classmates at SUNY Purchase was fellow acting student, Irving Rhames. It was Tucci who gave Rhames the nickname by which he is now known, "Ving".
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, 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. 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.
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 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. In 2007, he had a recurring role in medical drama ER.
In 2009, Tucci portrayed George Harvey, a 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. The following year, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub. Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. He has appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009), both opposite Meryl Streep, and as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games and its sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
Tucci was co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in Croton Falls, New York. His cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in Autumn 2012. 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). In January 2015 was cast as one of the leading roles in Screen Gems horror-thriller film Patient Zero, along with Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer.
Tucci's first wife, Kathryn "Kate" Tucci (b. 1962), died of breast cancer in 2009. 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. She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children. The couple also raised Kate's two children from her previous marriage.
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. Tucci and Blunt married in a civil ceremony in summer 2012, followed by a larger observance at Middle Temple Hall in London on September 29, 2012. After moving their home from New York to London, on October 19, 2014, Tucci and Blunt announced that they were expecting their first child together. On January 25, 2015, Blunt gave birth to the couple's son, Matteo Oliver.
On September 12 2016, Tucci, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Jesse Eisenberg, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.
|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||Men of Respect||Mal|
|1991||Billy Bathgate||Lucky Luciano|
|1992||In the Soup||Gregoire|
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Taylor|
|1992||The Public Eye||Sal|
|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||Kiss of Death||Frank Zioli|
|1995||Sex & the Other Man||Arthur|
|1996||A Modern Affair||Sperm Bank Technician|
|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||The Impostors||Arthur||Also writer, director & producer|
|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|
|2002||Big Trouble||Arthur Herk|
|2002||Road to Perdition||Frank Nitti|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Jerry Siegel|
|2003||The Core||Dr. Conrad Zimsky|
|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|
|2006||The Hoax||Shelton Fisher|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Larry|
|2007||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|
|2011||Margin Call||Eric Dale|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Dr. Abraham Erskine|
|2012||The Hunger Games||Caesar Flickerman|
|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||A Little Chaos||Philippe I, Duke of Orléans|
|2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Caesar Flickerman|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Publishing Executive|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Caesar Flickerman|
|2017||Beauty and the Beast||Cadenza||Filming|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Joshua Joyce||Post-Poduction|
|1987||Crime Story||Zack Lowman||Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"|
|1987||Kojak: The Price of Justice||1st Tenant||Television movie|
|1988||The Street||Arthur Scolari||Unknown episodes|
|1986||Miami Vice||Steven Demarco||Episode: "Baby Blues"|
|1987–88||Miami Vice||Frank Mosca||2 episodes|
|1988||The Equalizer||Assemblyman Phillip Wingate||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||Episode: "Art Conforti"|
|1991||Equal Justice||Detective Frank Mirelli||3 episodes|
|1995–96||Murder One||Richard Cross||22 episodes|
|1998||Winchell||Walter Winchell||Television movie|
|2000||Bull||Hunter Lasky||5 episodes|
|2001||Conspiracy||Adolf Eichmann||Television movie|
|2004||Frasier||Morrie (caller)||Episode: "Frasier-Lite"|
|2006||Monk||David Ruskin||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||Episode: "Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Party Host (voice)||Episode: "Butchered in Burbank"|
|2013||American Dad!||Lorenzo||Episode: "Permanent Record Wrecker"|
|2014–15||BoJack Horseman||Herb Kazzaz (voice)||8 episodes|
|2015||Fortitude||DCI Eugene Morton||9 episodes|
|2015||The Italian Americans||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2015||Peter & Wendy||Captain Hook/Fit Surgeon/Mr. Darling||Television movie|
|2017||Feud||Jack Warner||Upcoming series|
Awards and nominations
- Tucci, Stanley; Blunt, Felicity (2014). The Tucci Table: Cooking With Family and Friends. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1476738567.
- Stanley V. & Kathryn Tucci at FamilySearch.org. 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.
- "Peekskill > Prominent Peekskill People". Peekskill Arts Council. 2007. Archived from the original on August 14, 2007.
- Kahn, Toby (January 22, 1996). "Touch of Evil". People. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- Staudter, Thomas (April 2, 2000). "Film Screening to Benefit Peekskill Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- 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
- Bruni, Frank (October 2, 2012). "Hollywood Ending, With Meatballs". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Stanley Tucci Biography (1960–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "A 'Big Night' for Food Fans". The Washington Post. September 25, 1996. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "Ving Rhames". Biography.com. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- James, Susan Donaldson. "The Lovely Bones: Serial Killers Elude as Ordinary Neighbors" December 18, 2009. http:// www.abcnews.com.
- Cohen, Patricia (February 17, 2010). "Stanley Tucci, Director". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- Stanley Tucci joins 'Captain America'. Heatvisionblog.com (October 31, 2012).
- "Stanley Tucci Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Kim Kardashian 'American Dad': Reality Star to Play Alien on Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
- Hibberd, James. "Kim Kardashian to play alien on 'American Dad' | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
- Miska, Brad. "Stanley Tucci Becomes 'Patient Zero'". DC. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
- Fleming Jr., Mike. "Stanley Tucci Nabs Villain Role In 'Patient Zero'". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
- "Kathryn Louise Spath-Tucci Obituary". Tributes.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2013.
- "Stanley Tucci's Wife Dies of Cancer", OfficialWire, May 7, 2009
- "Miss Spath Plans To Marry In Fall". The New York Times. February 27, 1983.
- "Stanley Tucci Interview". Long Island Press. September 18, 2010.
- "Stanley Tucci Is Engaged to Emily Blunt's Sister Felicity!". Us Weekly. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- "Stanley Tucci Marries Felicity Blunt". People. August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- "Anne Hathaway's Dream Wedding - More Weddings". People. October 15, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
- Webber, Stephanie (October 19, 2014). "Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt Expecting First Child: 'It's Incredible". Us Weekly. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Stanley Tucci and wife Felicity Blunt welcome baby son Matteo Oliver". Daily Mail. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "2016 Stories - #WithRefugees". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
- "What They Took With Them - #WithRefugees". 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
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