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Stanley Tucci (/ˈti/; born November 11, 1960) is an American actor, writer, producer and film director.[2][3] Involved in acting from a young age, he made his film debut in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, and played a wide variety of supporting roles in many major Hollywood film productions. He has also played as lead actor in a number of films, starting with lead billing in the 1996 film A Modern Affair.

Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci 2017 Berlinale.jpg
Tucci at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival
Born (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 59)
ResidenceBarnes, London, England[1]
Alma materSUNY Purchase
OccupationActor, writer, producer, director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
Kathryn Spath-Tucci
(m. 1995; died 2009)

Felicity Blunt
(m. 2012)
Children5
RelativesChristine Tucci (sister)
Emily Blunt (sister-in-law)
John Krasinski (brother-in-law)

He has won three Emmy Awards: one for the 1998 TV movie Winchell, in which he played the title role; one for a guest appearance on the TV series Monk; and one for being a producer of the web series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi. Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009). He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek![4]

Early lifeEdit

Tucci was born in Peekskill, New York[5] and grew up in nearby Katonah.[6] His parents, Joan (née Tropiano), a secretary and writer, and Stanley Tucci, Sr.,[6][7] an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York,[8] both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria.[9] Tucci is the oldest of three children;[6] his sister is actress Christine Tucci.[10] Screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin.[11] During the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Florence, Italy.[9]

He attended John Jay High School,[6] where he played on the soccer and baseball teams, although his main interest lay in the school's drama club, where he and fellow actor and high school friend, Campbell Scott, son of actor George C. Scott, gave well-received performances at many of John Jay's drama club productions. Tucci then attended SUNY Purchase, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982.[6] Among his classmates at SUNY Purchase was fellow acting student, Ving Rhames. It was Tucci who gave Rhames, born Irving, the "Ving" nickname by which he is now known.[12]

CareerEdit

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,[6] The Queen and the Rebels, premiering September 30, 1982. Around this time, Tucci also worked as a model, with his most notable work being a television commercial for Levi's 501 jeans.[13][14] His film debut was in Prizzi's Honor (1985). He performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1991 in Molière’s Scapin.[15] 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.

 
Tucci at the James Beard Awards in May 2009

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 2004, Caedmon Audio released an audiobook of Tucci reading Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions.

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.[16] In 2007, he had a recurring role in medical drama ER.[17]

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.[18] The following year, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub.[19] Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.[20] He has appeared in 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. In 2013, he played the role of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Tucci then portrayed Kinetic Solutions Incorporated CEO Joshua Joyce in Transformers: Age of Extinction. He played wizard Merlin in its 2017 sequel Transformers: The Last Knight.

 
Tucci with Transformers: Age of Extinction castmates Melanie Specht and Greg Matthew Anderson in August 2014

Tucci was co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in Croton Falls, New York.[21] His cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in Autumn 2012.[9] In 2013, Tucci lent his voice to an episode of the long-running adult animated series American Dad! in its 10th season (2013–14).[22][23] In January 2015, Tucci was cast as one of the leading roles in Screen Gems horror-thriller film Patient Zero,[24] along with Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer.[25]

Tucci played the role of the composer Maestro Cadenza in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Tucci played the husband of Dame Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge, opposite Emma Thompson in The Children Act, based on the novel by Ian McEwan.

Personal lifeEdit

Tucci's first wife, Kathryn "Kate" Tucci (b. 1962), died of breast cancer in 2009.[26][27] 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.[28] She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children.[29] The couple also raised Kate's two children from her previous marriage.[6][29] Tucci left her in 2002 for the actress Edie Falco, with whom he was appearing on Broadway in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, but the affair ended, and he returned to his wife and children.[30]

In 2011, Tucci became engaged to Felicity Blunt, an English literary agent. She is the elder sister of actress Emily Blunt, who co-starred with Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada and introduced the couple several years later at her own wedding.[31] Tucci and Blunt married in a civil ceremony in summer 2012,[32] followed by a larger observance at Middle Temple Hall in London on September 29, 2012.[33] The couple live in Barnes, London[34] and have a son, Matteo Oliver (b. January 2015)[35] and a daughter, Emilia Giovanna (b. April 2018).[36]

On September 12, 2016, Tucci, along with Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Jesse Eisenberg, appeared 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.[37][38]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Prizzi's Honor Soldier
1987 Who's That Girl 2nd Dock Worker
1988 Monkey Shines Dr. John Wiseman
1989 Slaves of New York Darryl
Fear, Anxiety & Depression Donny
1990 The Feud Harvey Yelton
Quick Change Johnny
Men of Respect Mal
1991 Billy Bathgate Lucky Luciano
1992 In the Soup Gregoire
Beethoven Vernon
Prelude to a Kiss Taylor
The Public Eye Sal
1993 Undercover Blues Muerte
The Pelican Brief Khamel
1994 It Could Happen to You Eddie Biasi
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Fred Hunter
Somebody to Love George
1995 Jury Duty Frank/Billy
Kiss of Death Frank Zioli
Sex & the Other Man Arthur
1996 A Modern Affair Peter Kessler
The Daytrippers Louis D'Amico
Big Night Secondo Also writer, director and co-producer
1997 Deconstructing Harry Paul Epstein
The Alarmist Heinrich Grigoris
A Life Less Ordinary Elliot Zweikel
1998 The Eighteenth Angel Todd Stanton
Montana Nicholas Roth
The Impostors Arthur Also writer, director and producer
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck
In Too Deep Preston D'Ambrosio
2000 Joe Gould's Secret Joe Mitchell Also director and producer
2001 Sidewalks of New York Griffin Risto
America's Sweethearts Dave Kingman
The Whole Shebang Giovanni Bazinni
2002 Big Trouble Arthur Herk
Road to Perdition Frank Nitti
Maid in Manhattan Jerry Siegel
2003 The Core Dr. Conrad Zimsky
2004 Spin Frank Haley
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Stanley Kubrick
The Terminal Frank Dixon
Shall We Dance? Link
2005 Robots Herb Copperbottom (voice)
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Det. Brikowski
The Devil Wears Prada Nigel Kipling
The Hoax Shelton Fisher
2007 Four Last Songs Larry
Blind Date Don Also writer and director
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mr. Berk
Space Chimps The Senator (voice)
Swing Vote Martin Fox
What Just Happened Scott Solomon
The Tale of Despereaux Boldo (voice)
2009 Julie & Julia Paul Child
The Lovely Bones George Harvey
2010 Easy A Dill Penderghast
Burlesque Sean
2011 Margin Call Eric Dale
Captain America: The First Avenger Abraham Erskine
2012 The Hunger Games Caesar Flickerman
Gambit Zaidenweber
The Company You Keep Ray Fuller
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Lord Roderick
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Mr. D / Dionysus
The Fifth Estate James Boswell
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Caesar Flickerman
Some Velvet Morning Fred
2014 The Wind Rises Giovanni Battista Caproni (voice) English dub
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Leonardo da Vinci (voice)
Muppets Most Wanted Ivan the Guard Cameo
Transformers: Age of Extinction Joshua Joyce
Wild Card Baby
A Little Chaos Philippe I, Duke of Orléans
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Caesar Flickerman
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Publishing Executive
Spotlight Mitchell Garabedian
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Caesar Flickerman
2017 Final Portrait None Writer and director
Beauty and the Beast Maestro Cadenza
Transformers: The Last Knight Merlin
The Children Act Jack AKA My Lady
Submission Ted Swenson
2018 Show Dogs Philippe (voice)
Patient Zero The Professor
A Private War Tony Shaw
Night Hunter Commissioner Harper
2019 The Silence Hugh Andrews
2020 Worth Charles Wolf Post-production
The King's Man Merlin Post-production
The Witches Post-production
TBA Jolt Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Crime Story Zack Lowman Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"
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
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"
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"
Robot Chicken Rich Uncle Pennybags/Party Host (voices) Episode: "Butchered in Burbank"
2013 American Dad! Lorenzo (voice) Episode: "Permanent Record Wrecker"
2014–15 BoJack Horseman Herb Kazzaz (voice) 8 episodes
2015 Fortitude DCI Eugene Morton 9 episodes
The Italian Americans Narrator 4 episodes
Peter & Wendy Captain Hook/Fit Surgeon/Mr. Darling Television movie
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan Jack L. Warner 6 episodes
2019–present Limetown Emile Haddock 7 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Published worksEdit

  • Tucci, Stanley (October 9, 2012). The Tucci Cookbook. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1451661255.[39]
  • Tucci, Stanley; Blunt, Felicity (2014). The Tucci Table: Cooking With Family and Friends. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1476738567.

ReferencesEdit

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  28. ^ "Miss Spath Plans To Marry In Fall". The New York Times. February 27, 1983.
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  30. ^ Green, Jesse (November 7, 2004). "Edie Falco, Unmarried to the Mob". Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  31. ^ "Stanley Tucci Is Engaged to Emily Blunt's Sister Felicity!". Us Weekly. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
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