Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Moss Tucker (born May 31, 1982)[1] 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), The Ruins (2008), and Charlie's Angels (2019). He has appeared in the television series The Black Donnellys (2007), Parenthood (2011–2013), Kingdom (2014–2017), Justified (2015), Snowfall (2018), Westworld (2018), City on a Hill (2019), and Debris (2021).

Jonathan Tucker
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Tucker in April 2016
Jonathan Moss Tucker

(1982-05-31) May 31, 1982 (age 39)
Years active1994–present
Tara Ahamed
(m. 2012)
RelativesCarlton J. H. Hayes (great-grandfather)
Mary Evelyn Tucker (aunt)

Early lifeEdit

Tucker was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents Maggie Moss, a public relations and marketing analyst and executive, and Paul Hayes Tucker,[2] a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a leading expert on Claude Monet.[3] His paternal great-grandfather was historian and ambassador Carlton J. H. Hayes.[4] His aunt and uncle, Mary Evelyn Tucker[5] and John Grim,[6] founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology[7] at Yale University, where they remain as co-directors.

His father is Irish Catholic and his mother is Jewish and of Romanian Jewish descent.[8]

Tucker was raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and attended The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts.[9] 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.[9] He was featured in a Boston Ballet calendar and attended The Thacher School in Ojai, California.[10] 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."[9]


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.[9][11][12][13]

He starred as Matthew in the 2000 comedy film 100 Girls.[14] A year later, he co-starred in Sundance hit The Deep End with Tilda Swinton and Josh Lucas.[15] 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.[10] In 2004, he appeared in the films Stateside and Criminal.[16][17]

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.[18] Tucker was directed by Paul Haggis twice in 2007: 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;[19] he also played Tommy Donnelly in the NBC TV series The Black Donnellys.[20]

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 thriller based on the best selling book by Scott Smith and directed by Sundance award-winner Carter Smith.[21]

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. He then appeared in the 2010 film The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, marking his third collaboration with Haggis.[22]

It was announced in November 2011 that Tucker had signed on to the TV series Parenthood.[20] He played the role of Mayor Bob Little from 2011 to 2014.

Tucker had a main role on the 2014 DirecTV drama series Kingdom. He played Jay, a mixed martial artist and son of trainer, Alvey Kulina,[23] for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Entertainment Weekly, which described his work as "one of the most electric performances on television."[24]

In 2015, Tucker also appeared in the final five episodes of the TV series Justified on FX as the crazy-eyed Boon — a cross between Billy the Kid and Travis Bickle.[25]

Continuing his collaboration with Bryan Fuller, having appeared in the second season of Hannibal, Tucker starred as Low-Key Lyesmith in Starz's American Gods, adapted from Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel.[26]

Tucker co-wrote the song "Champagne Problems" on Nick Jonas' 2016 album Last Year Was Complicated.[27]

Beginning in 2019, Tucker played Frankie Ryan, a Boston gangster, in the Showtime crime drama City on a Hill.

In 2021, Tucker played the lead role of CIA operative Bryan Beneventi in the short-lived NBC science fiction series Debris.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

On June 16, 2012, Tucker married Tara Ahamed, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning economic historian Liaquat Ahamed.[3] They have a twin son and daughter born May 15, 2019.[29]

Tucker practices Transcendental Meditation to offset loneliness on film locations.[10] He is the founder of the nonprofit organization Pegasus Fund.[3]



Tucker (left) and Serena Scott Thomas on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz greeting sailors to promote the film Hostage in March 2005
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 The Virgin Suicides Tim Weiner
2000 100 Girls Matthew
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
2004 Criminal Michael
2005 Hostage Dennis Kelly
2005 Bee Season Student (uncredited)
2006 Pulse Josh
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
2008 The Ruins Jeff
2009 An Englishman in New York Patrick Angus
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Edward
2010 Flying Lessons Billy
2010 Meskada Shane Loakin
2010 The Next Three Days David
2018 Skin Jeffrey
2019 Charlie's Angels Hodak
2022 Palm Trees and Power Lines Tom


Tucker at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Early Edition Tony Episode: "Frostbite"
1998 Mr. Music Rob Tennant TV film
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"
2012 Ro Jordan 5 episodes
2014 Hannibal Matthew Brown 2 episodes
2014 High Moon Stanislav "Stan" Stavin TV pilot
2014–2017 Kingdom Jay Kulina 40 episodes
2015 Justified Boon 5 episodes
2017 American Gods Low Key Lyesmith Episode: "The Bone Orchard"
2018–2020 Westworld Major Craddock 6 episodes
2018–2019 Snowfall Matt McDonald 10 episodes
2019 City on a Hill Frankie Ryan 10 episodes
2020 Monsterland Alex Episode: "Port Fourchon, LA"
2021 Debris Bryan Beneventi[30] 13 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Call of Duty: WWII Private First Class Robert Zussman Voice, Likeness, and Motion Capture


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  2. ^ "Art Historian Paul Hayes Tucker - University of Massachusetts Boston". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
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  4. ^ Lisa Zwirn "An Art Historian Does Wonders With Wall Space", The Boston Globe via November 11, 2004.
  5. ^ "Mary Evelyn Tucker | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  6. ^ "John Grim | Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  7. ^ "The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology". Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  8. ^ Chang, Kee (December 11, 2015). "Q&A with Jonathan Tucker". Anthem Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
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  11. ^ Lancia, Enrico (2001). Dizionario del cinema italiano (1. ed.). Roma: Gremese. p. 119. ISBN 8884400856. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
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  14. ^ "100 Girls (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  15. ^ Roger Ebert (August 15, 2001). "The Deep End Movie Review & Film Summary (2001)". Roger Ebert Online. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  16. ^ "Stateside (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  17. ^ Stephen Holden (September 10, 2004). "Cons Meet Their Match: They Swindle Each Other". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "Hostage (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  19. ^ Wesley Morris (September 14, 2007). "After 'Crash,' directory explores Iraq war's emotional wreckage". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  20. ^ a b Natalie Abrams (November 2, 2011). "Black Donnellys' Jonathan Tucker Heading to Parenthood". TV Guide. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  21. ^ Mark Olsen (April 5, 2008). "Feeling stuck in 'The Ruins'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "Stepping into the Cage with KINGDOM's Jonathan Tucker". DirectTV. November 5, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  24. ^ "Best Supporting Actor - Jonathan Tucker, Kingdom - Poppy Awards 2016 - Your drama nominees are..." 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  25. ^ Teresa Jue (January 7, 2015). "Jonathan Tucker joins 'Justified' for final season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  26. ^ Trumbore, Dave (2017-01-09). "'American Gods' Star Jonathan Tucker on Filming Alongside Death Row Prisoners". Collider. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  27. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: How 'Kingdom's' Jonathan Tucker Helped Nick Jonas Channel Heartbreak Into Song". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  28. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2020). "Jonathan Tucker To Star In NBC Sci-Fi Drama Pilot 'Debris'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  29. ^ "Kingdom Star Jonathan Tucker and Wife Tara Welcome Twins: 'We Cannot Believe Our Good Fortune'". Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  30. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 11, 2020). "Jonathan Tucker To Star In NBC Sci-Fi Drama Pilot 'Debris'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 29, 2020.

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