Stanley Tucci

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
Tucci at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival
Born (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960
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 life

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]

Career

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.

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 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 life

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]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1985Prizzi's HonorSoldier
1987Who's That Girl2nd Dock Worker
1988Monkey ShinesDr. John Wiseman
1989Slaves of New YorkDarryl
1989Fear, Anxiety & DepressionDonny
1990The FeudHarvey Yelton
1990Quick ChangeJohnny
1990Men of RespectMal
1991Billy BathgateLucky Luciano
1992In the SoupGregoire
1992BeethovenVernon
1992Prelude to a KissTaylor
1992The Public EyeSal
1993Undercover BluesMuerte
1993The Pelican BriefKhamel
1994It Could Happen to YouEddie Biasi
1994Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleFred Hunter
1994Somebody to LoveGeorge
1995Jury DutyFrank/Billy
1995Kiss of DeathFrank Zioli
1995Sex & the Other ManArthur
1996A Modern AffairPeter Kessler
1996The DaytrippersLouis D'Amico
1996Big NightSecondoAlso writer, director and co-producer
1997Deconstructing HarryPaul Epstein
1997The AlarmistHeinrich Grigoris
1997A Life Less OrdinaryElliot Zweikel
1998The Eighteenth Angel Todd Stanton
1998MontanaNicholas Roth
1998The ImpostorsArthurAlso writer, director and producer
1999A Midsummer Night's DreamPuck
1999In Too DeepPreston D'Ambrosio
2000Joe Gould's SecretJoe MitchellAlso director and producer
2001Sidewalks of New YorkGriffin Risto
2001America's SweetheartsDave Kingman
2001The Whole ShebangGiovanni Bazinni
2002Big TroubleArthur Herk
2002Road to PerditionFrank Nitti
2002Maid in ManhattanJerry Siegel
2003The CoreDr. Conrad Zimsky
2004SpinFrank Haley
2004The Life and Death of Peter SellersStanley Kubrick
2004The TerminalFrank Dixon
2004Shall We Dance?Link
2005RobotsHerb Copperbottom (voice)
2006Lucky Number SlevinDet. Brikowski
2006The Devil Wears PradaNigel Kipling
2006The HoaxShelton Fisher
2007Four Last SongsLarry
2007Blind DateDonAlso writer and director
2008Kit Kittredge: An American GirlMr. Berk
2008Space ChimpsThe Senator (voice)
2008Swing VoteMartin Fox
2008What Just HappenedScott Solomon
2008The Tale of DespereauxBoldo (voice)
2009Julie & JuliaPaul Child
2009The Lovely BonesGeorge Harvey
2010Easy ADill Penderghast
2010BurlesqueSean
2011Margin CallEric Dale
2011Captain America: The First AvengerAbraham Erskine
2012The Hunger GamesCaesar Flickerman
2012GambitZaidenweber
2012The Company You KeepRay Fuller
2013Jack the Giant SlayerLord Roderick
2013Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersMr. D / Dionysus
2013The Fifth EstateJames Boswell
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireCaesar Flickerman
2013Some Velvet MorningFred
2014The Wind RisesGiovanni Battista Caproni (voice)English dub
2014Mr. Peabody & ShermanLeonardo da Vinci (voice)
2014Muppets Most WantedIvan the GuardCameo
2014Transformers: Age of ExtinctionJoshua Joyce
2014Wild CardBaby
2014A Little ChaosPhilippe I, Duke of Orléans
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Caesar Flickerman
2015Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight AttendantPublishing Executive
2015SpotlightMitchell Garabedian
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Caesar Flickerman
2017Final PortraitNoneWriter and director
2017Beauty and the BeastMaestro Cadenza
2017Transformers: The Last KnightMerlin
2017The Children ActJackAKA My Lady
2017SubmissionTed Swenson
2018Show DogsPhilippe (voice)
2018Patient ZeroThe Professor
2018A Private WarTony Shaw
2018Night HunterCommissioner Harper
2019The SilenceHugh Andrews
2020WorthCharles WolfPost-production
2020The King's ManMerlinPost-production
2020The WitchesPost-production
TBAJoltPost-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987Crime StoryZack LowmanEpisode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"
1987Kojak: The Price of Justice1st TenantTelevision movie
1988The StreetArthur ScolariUnknown episodes
1986Miami ViceSteven DemarcoEpisode: "Baby Blues"
1987–88Miami ViceFrank Mosca2 episodes
1988The EqualizerAssemblyman Phillip WingateEpisode: "The Last Campaign"
1988–89WiseguyRick Pinzolo5 episodes
1989–90thirtysomethingKarl Draconis2 episodes
1990Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu StrangerDetective Patrick McGuireTelevision movie
1990LifestoriesArt ConfortiEpisode: "Art Conforti"
1991Equal JusticeDetective Frank Mirelli3 episodes
1995–96Murder OneRichard Cross22 episodes
1998WinchellWalter WinchellTelevision movie
2000BullHunter Lasky5 episodes
2001ConspiracyAdolf EichmannTelevision movie
2004FrasierMorrie (caller)Episode: "Frasier-Lite"
2006MonkDavid RuskinEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Actor"
20063 lbs.Dr. Douglas Hanson6 episodes
2007–08ERDr. Kevin Moretti10 episodes
201230 RockHenry WarrenEpisode: "Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky"
2012Robot ChickenRich Uncle Pennybags/Party Host (voices)Episode: "Butchered in Burbank"
2013American Dad!Lorenzo (voice)Episode: "Permanent Record Wrecker"
2014–15BoJack HorsemanHerb Kazzaz (voice)8 episodes
2015FortitudeDCI Eugene Morton9 episodes
2015The Italian AmericansNarrator4 episodes
2015Peter & WendyCaptain Hook/Fit Surgeon/Mr. DarlingTelevision movie
2017Feud: Bette and JoanJack L. Warner6 episodes
2019–presentLimetownEmile Haddock7 episodes

Awards and nominations

Published works

  • 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.

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