Stanley Tucci

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Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci 2010.jpg
Tucci at the 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival 2010.
  • (1960-01-11) January 11, 1960 (age 54)
  • or
  • (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 53)
  • (sources differ)

Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase (B.A., 1982)
OccupationActor, writer, producer, director
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Kathryn Spath-Tucci
(1995–2009; her death)
Felicity Blunt
RelativesChristine Tucci (sister)
Emily Blunt (sister-in-law)
John Krasinski (brother-in-law)
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Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci 2010.jpg
Tucci at the 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival 2010.
  • (1960-01-11) January 11, 1960 (age 54)
  • or
  • (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 53)
  • (sources differ)

Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase (B.A., 1982)
OccupationActor, writer, producer, director
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Kathryn Spath-Tucci
(1995–2009; her death)
Felicity Blunt
RelativesChristine Tucci (sister)
Emily Blunt (sister-in-law)
John Krasinski (brother-in-law)

Stanley Tucci (/ˈtʊi/; born January 11 or November 11, 1960; sources differ)[1] is an American actor, writer, film producer and film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009), and won an Emmy Award for his performance in Winchell. He also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One And Only Shrek.

Early life[edit]

Tucci was born in Peekskill, New York,[2] and grew up in nearby Katonah,[3] the son of Joan (née Tropiano), a secretary and writer, and Stanley Tucci, Sr.,[3][4] an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York.[1][5] His parents, both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria.[6] He is the oldest of three children;[3] his sister is actress Christine Tucci.[1] Screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin.[7] During the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Florence, Italy.[6] He attended John Jay High School,[3] followed by SUNY Purchase, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982.[3]


Tucci earned his Actors' Equity card in the year that 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,[3] 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.[8] 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.[citation needed] In 2007, he had a recurring role in medical drama ER.

Tucci with actress Melanie Specht, his executive assistant in the film Transformers: Age of Extinction.

In 2009, Tucci portrayed George Harvey, a pedophile and 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.[9] The following year, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub.[10] Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.[11] He has appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2013), both opposite Meryl Streep, The Hunger Games and its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Tucci was co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in Croton Falls, New York.[12] His cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in Autumn 2012.[6] 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).[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Stanley Tucci's first wife was Kathryn Tucci (1962–2009), also known as Kate Tucci, who died of breast cancer.[15][16] She was a social worker and the former wife of actor and stage manager Alexander R. Scott, the elder son of actors Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott.[17] She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children.[18] The couple also raised Spath-Tucci's two children from her previous marriage.[18][3]

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.[19] Tucci and Blunt married in a civil service in summer 2012,[20] followed by a larger ceremony at Middle Temple Hall in London on September 29, 2012.[21]


Tucci's film appearances and roles
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
1991Men of RespectMal
1991Billy BathgateLucky Luciano
1992In the SoupGregoire
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
1995A Modern AffairPeter Kessler
1996The DaytrippersLouis D'Amico
1996Big NightSecondoAlso writer, director & co-producer
1997Deconstructing HarryPaul Epstein
1997The AlarmistHeinrich Grigoris
1997A Life Less OrdinaryElliot Zweikel
1998The Eighteenth AngelTodd Stanton
1998MontanaNicholas Roth
1998The ImpostorsArthurAlso writer, director & producer
1998WinchellWalter WinchellTV film
1999A Midsummer Night's DreamPuck
1999In Too DeepPreston D'Ambrosio
2000Joe Gould's SecretJoe MitchellAlso director & producer
2001Sidewalks of New YorkGriffin Risto
2001America's SweetheartsDave Kingman
2001The Whole ShebangGiovanni Bazinni
2001ConspiracyAdolf EichmannTV film
2002Big TroubleArthur Herk
2002Road to PerditionFrank Nitti
2002Maid in ManhattanJerry Siegel
2003The CoreDr. Conrad Zimsky
2003SpinFrank 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
2007Four Last SongsLarry
2007The HoaxShelton Fisher
2008Blind DateDonAlso writer & 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
2010Margin CallEric Dale
2011Captain America: The First AvengerDr. Abraham Erskine
2012The Hunger GamesCaesar Flickerman
2012The Company You KeepRay Fuller
2013Jack the Giant SlayerLord Roderick
2013Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersDionysus (Mr. D)
2013The Fifth EstateJames Boswell
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireCaesar Flickerman
2013Some Velvet MorningFred
2014The Wind RisesGiovanni Battista Caproni (voice)
2014Mr. Peabody & ShermanLeonardo da Vinci (voice)
2014Muppets Most WantedIvan the GuardCameo
2014Transformers: Age of ExtinctionJoshua Joyce
2014Wild CardBabyCompleted
2014A Little ChaosCompleted
2014Big Hero 6Yokai (voice)Post-production
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Caesar FlickermanPost-production
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Caesar FlickermanPost-production
2016Transformers 5Joshua Joyce
Tucci's television appearances and roles
1987Crime StoryZack Lowman1 episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"
1987Kojak: The Price of Justice1st TenantUnknown episodes
1988The StreetArthur ScolariUnknown episodes
1986–88Miami ViceFrank Mosca, Steven Demarco3 episodes
1988The EqualizerAssymblyman Phillip Wingate1 episode: "The Last Campaign"
1988–89WiseguyRick Pinzolo5 episodes
1989–90thirtysomethingKarl Draconis2 episodes
1990Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu StrangerDetective Patrick McGuireTelevision movie
1990LifestoriesArt Conforti1 episode: "Art Conforti"
1990–91Equal JusticeDetective Frank Mirelli3 episodes
1995–96Murder OneRichard Cross23 episodes
2000BullHunter Lasky5 episodes
2004FrasierMorrie (caller)1 episode: "Frasier-Lite"
2006MonkDavid Ruskin1 episode: "Mr. Monk and the Actor"
20063 lbs.Dr. Douglas Hanson6 episodes
2007–08ERDr. Kevin Moretti10 episodes
201230 RockHenry Warren1 episode: "Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky"
2013American Dad!Guest voice-starSeason 10 episode
2014FortitudeDCI MortonSeason 1
2014BoJack HorsemanHerb KazzazSeason 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1996Big NightBoston Society of Film CriticsBest New DirectorWon
1996Big NightBoston Society of Film CriticsBest ScreenplayWon
1996Big NightIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First ScreenplayWon
1996Big NightNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest New DirectorWon
1996Big NightSundance Film FestivalWaldo Salt Screenwriting AwardWon
1996Big NightDeauville Film FestivalGrand Special Prize AwardNominated
1996Big NightIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FilmNominated
1996Big NightIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ActorNominated
1996Big NightSatellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
1996Big NightSundance Film FestivalGrand Jury Prize for Dramatic FeatureNominated
1995Murder OneSatellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon
1995Murder OnePrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
1998WinchellPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a MovieWon
1998WinchellGolden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmWon
1998WinchellScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieNominated
2001ConspiracyGolden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon
2001ConspiracyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a MovieNominated
2001ConspiracySatellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2006Monk: Mr. Monk and the ActorPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
2009The Lovely BonesAcademy AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
2009The Lovely BonesBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
2009The Lovely BonesBroadcast Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorNominated
2009The Lovely BonesChicago Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorNominated
2009The Lovely BonesGolden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureNominated
2009The Lovely BonesSaturn AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
2009The Lovely BonesScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
2007ERPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2010Margin CallGotham AwardsBest Ensemble CastNominated
2011Captain America: The First AvengerSaturn AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated


  1. ^ a b c "Stanley Tucci Biography (1960–)". Retrieved August 8, 2012.  For example, and Rovi's give November 11, while Playbill, Rovi's, and the book The Great Dictators by Angela Baldassare (Guernica Editions, 1999, p. 104) give January 11, 1960.
  2. ^ "Peekskill > Prominent Peekskill People". 2007. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Kahn, Toby (January 22, 1996). "Touch of Evil". People. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Staudter, Thomas (April 2, 2000). "Film Screening to Benefit Peekskill Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ a b c Bruni, Frank (October 2, 2012). "Hollywood Ending, With Meatballs". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "A 'Big Night' for Food Fans". The Washington Post. September 25, 1996. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
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  9. ^ James, Susan Donaldson. "The Lovely Bones: Serial Killers Elude as Ordinary Neighbors" December 18, 2009. http://
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  11. ^ Stanley Tucci joins 'Captain America'. (October 31, 2012).
  12. ^ "Stanley Tucci Biography". Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kim Kardashian ‘American Dad’: Reality Star to Play Alien on Comedy". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  14. ^ Hibberd, James. "Kim Kardashian to play alien on 'American Dad' | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  15. ^ Kathryn Louise Spath-Tucci Obituary - South Salem, New York.
  16. ^ "Stanley Tucci's Wife Dies of Cancer", OfficialWire, May 7, 2009
  17. ^ "Miss Spath Plans To Marry In Fall". The New York Times. February 27, 1983. 
  18. ^ a b "Stanley Tucci Interview". Long Island Press. September 18, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Stanley Tucci Is Engaged to Emily Blunt's Sister Felicity!". Us Weekly. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Stanley Tucci Marries Felicity Blunt". People. August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Anne Hathaway's Dream Wedding - More Weddings". People. October 15, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 

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