Tooley in 2014
|Born||1968/69 (age 58–59)
California, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Occupation||CEO Film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Tessa Menefee Benson (m. 2012)|
Tucker Tooley (born 1968/69) is an American film producer. He is the CEO of Tooley Productions LLC, where he independently produced television shows and feature films, including We’re the Millers (2013) which grossed $270 million worldwide. His films have earned more than $1.2 billion at the domestic box office. Tooley is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as well as the Producers Guild of America. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara and, in 2009, was named “Executive of the Year” by the Ischia Global Film Festival.
From 1997 to 2003, Tooley ran production company Newman/Tooley Films with Vincent Newman, producing a slate of independent and studio movies. He founded Tooley Productions in 2003, where he oversees the creative and financial aspects of all film development and production.
In 2007, Tooley joined Relativity as President of Worldwide Production at Relativity Studios where he played an integral role in the acquisition of Overture Films’ marketing and distribution operations, transforming Relativity from a slate financing entity into a full-fledged independent studio.
In 2011, Tooley was promoted to President of the company, and was responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations. Under Tooley’s leadership, the studio earned numerous Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and three of its releases opened number one at the box office. In addition, he was instrumental in the launch of the company’s television division which, in 2015, sold to private equity firms for $125 million.
While at Relativity, Tooley was an early advocate for and executive produced David O. Russell’s The Fighter, which earned seven Oscar nominations and won two. Also, he produced or executive produced Neil Burger’s Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, and the action-thriller Act of Valor which both opened number one at the domestic box office. Other credits include Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried; Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven; and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.
In October 2015, Tooley chose to step down from the company, following a 30-day transition period.
Tooley began his film career as a creative executive at Interlight Pictures. The first film he financed was 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, based on the memoir by Eric LeMarque. The film, starring Josh Hartnett, will be released in October 2017.
Family and personal life
Tooley was born in California. He is a son of Reva Tooley and Bill Tooley. His father is a real estate professional, and his mother is the founder of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. In September 2012, Tooley married Tessa Menefee Benson in Santa Barbara, California. They have one son.
Tooley's brother James is a director and producer of commercial and nonfiction television, travel shows, documentary television series and reality television. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Editors Guild and has an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.
|Only in New York||Producer|
|1999||The Last Marshall||producer|
|2001||In the Shadows||producer|
|A Man Apart||producer|
|Rip It Off||producer|
|2009||A Perfect Getaway||producer|
|2010||The Spy Next Door||executive producer|
|Dear John||executive producer|
|My Soul to Take||executive producer|
|The Fighter||executive producer|
|2011||Season of the Witch||executive producer|
|Take Me Home Tonight||executive producer|
|Shark Night 3D||executive producer|
|2012||Act of Valor||executive producer|
|Mirror Mirror||executive producer|
|House at the End of the Street||executive producer|
|2013||Movie 43||executive producer|
|Safe Haven||executive producer|
|21 & Over||executive producer|
|We're the Millers||producer|
|The Family||executive producer|
|Out of the Furnace||executive producer|
|2014||3 Days to Kill||executive producer|
|Brick Mansions||executive producer|
|Earth to Echo||executive producer|
|The November Man||executive producer|
|Hector and the Search for Happiness||executive producer|
|The Best of Me||executive producer|
|Beyond the Lights||executive producer|
|2018||Den of Thieves||producer|
- "Tucker Tooley, Scott Waugh & Josh Hartnett Team For Survival Tale ‘6 Below’". Deadline.com. February 26, 2017. Retrieved September 20, 2017.