|“||To play somebody as, kind of despicable as Jack Warner, is a great pleasure.||”|
Stanley Tucci is an American actor, writer, producer, and film director. He has appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009), both opposite Meryl Streep, and as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games and its sequels, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2. Tucci was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones (2009), and he won two Emmy Awards for his performances in Winchell and Monk.
Tucci was born in Peekskill, New York, and grew up in nearby Katonah. He is the son of Joan Tropiano, a secretary and writer, and Stanley Tucci, Sr., an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. Stanley is the oldest of three children, his sister being fellow actress Christine Tucci, and screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin. Stanley's parents, both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria, Italy, and during the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Florence, Italy. Stanley attended John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, and Purchase State College in Purchase, New York, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982.
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, The Queen and the Rebels, premiering September 30, 1982. Tucci's official film debut was in Prizzi's Honor (1985), and he later performed at the Yale Repertory Theater in 1991 in a Molière play.
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 Campbell 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 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. In addition, he was nominated for a 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 audio-book of Tucci reading Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. In July 2006, Tucci made an appearance on the USA TV series Monk, in a performance that earned him a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Shortly after, Tucci starred in the TV medical drama 3 lbs., which debuted on CBS on November 14, 2006, but was cancelled that November 30th due to low ratings. In 2007, Tucci had a recurring role in the medical drama, ER. He also provided the voice over in the AT&T "Raising the Bar" marketing campaign.
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. The following year, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub. In 2011, Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger. Most notably, he has appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Julie & Julia (2009), both opposite Meryl Streep, and as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games and its sequels, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2.
Tucci was also the co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in Croton Falls, New York. It has since been sold and the menu changed to more traditional Italian-American cuisine. Tucci's cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in Autumn 2012. 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). In January 2015, Tucci was cast as one of the leading roles in Screen Gems horror-thriller film Patient Zero, along with Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer. Currently, he is starring in the FX drama anthology series, Feud, as former Warner Bros. President, Jack L. Warner.
Tucci's first wife, Kathryn "Kate" Tucci (b. 1962), died of breast cancer in 2009. 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. She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children together: twins Nicolo Robert and Isabel Concetta, who were born in Manhattan on January 21, 2000, and daughter Camilla Tucci, born in 2002. They also raised Kate's two children from her previous marriage. The couple legally separated in February 2003, during which Tucci had a brief relationship with Edie Falco from April 2003 until March 2004. However, in 2005, Tucci and Kate reconciled after Kate discovered she had breast cancer, and the pair remained together until her death in 2009. Tucci stated afterwards that he was not in the room with Kate when she passed, as he knew it would be so devastating that he wouldn’t be able to take care of the kids after.
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 at her wedding to John Krasinski, several years after they worked together on Prada. Tucci and Blunt married in a civil ceremony in summer 2012, followed by a larger observance at Middle Temple Hall in London on September 29, 2012. After moving their home from New York to London, on October 19, 2014, Tucci and Blunt announced that they were expecting their first child together. On January 25, 2015, Blunt gave birth to the couple's son, Matteo Oliver. The family currently resides in the leafy London suburb of Barnes (UK).
On September 12, 2016, Tucci, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Jesse Eisenberg, were featured 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.
|1987||Who's That Girl||2nd Dock Worker|
|1988||Monkey Shines||Dr. John Wiseman|
|1989||Slaves of New York||Darryl|
|1989||Fear, Anxiety & Depression||Donny|
|1990||The Feud||Harvey Yelton|
|1990||Men of Respect||Mal|
|1991||Billy Bathgate||Lucky Luciano|
|1992||In the Soup||Gregoire|
|1992||Prelude to a Kiss||Taylor|
|1992||The Public Eye||Sal|
|1993||The Pelican Brief||Khamel|
|1994||It Could Happen to You||Eddie Biasi|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Fred Hunter|
|1994||Somebody to Love||George|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Frank Zioli|
|1995||Sex & the Other Man||Arthur|
|1996||A Modern Affair||Sperm Bank Technician|
|1996||The Daytrippers||Louis D'Amico|
|1996||Big Night||Secondo||Also writer, director & co-producer|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||Paul Epstein|
|1997||The Alarmist||Heinrich Grigoris|
|1997||A Life Less Ordinary||Elliot Zweikel|
|1998||The Eighteenth Angel||Todd Stanton|
|1998||The Impostors||Arthur||Also writer, director & producer|
|1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck|
|1999||In Too Deep||Preston D'Ambrosio|
|2000||Joe Gould's Secret||Joe Mitchell||Also director & producer|
|2001||Sidewalks of New York||Griffin Risto|
|2001||America's Sweethearts||Dave Kingman|
|2001||The Whole Shebang||Giovanni Bazinni|
|2002||Big Trouble||Arthur Herk|
|2002||Road to Perdition||Frank Nitti|
|2002||Maid in Manhattan||Jerry Siegel|
|2003||The Core||Dr. Conrad Zimsky|
|2004||The Life and Death of Peter Sellers||Stanley Kubrick|
|2004||The Terminal||Frank Dixon|
|2004||Shall We Dance?||Link|
|2005||Robots||Herb Copperbottom (voice)|
|2006||Lucky Number Slevin||Det. Brikowski|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Nigel|
|2006||The Hoax||Shelton Fisher|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Larry|
|2007||Blind Date||Don||Also writer & director|
|2008||Kit Kittredge: An American Girl||Mr. Berk|
|2008||Space Chimps||The Senator (voice)|
|2008||Swing Vote||Martin Fox|
|2008||What Just Happened||Scott Solomon|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Boldo (voice)|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Paul Child|
|2009||The Lovely Bones||George Harvey|
|2010||Easy A||Dill Penderghast|
|2011||Margin Call||Eric Dale|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Dr. Abraham Erskine|
|2012||The Hunger Games||Caesar Flickerman|
|2012||The Company You Keep||Ray Fuller|
|2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||Lord Roderick|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Dionysus (Mr. D)|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||James Boswell|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Caesar Flickerman|
|2013||Some Velvet Morning||Fred|
|2014||The Wind Rises||Giovanni Battista Caproni (voice)|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Leonardo da Vinci (voice)|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Ivan the Guard||Cameo|
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Joshua Joyce|
|2014||A Little Chaos||Philippe I, Duke of Orléans|
|2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Caesar Flickerman|
|2015||Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant||Publishing Executive|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Caesar Flickerman|
|2017||Beauty and the Beast||Maestro Cadenza|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Joshua Joyce||Post-Production|
|2017||Final Portrait||Post-Production; Writer and director|
|1987||Crime Story||Zack Lowman||Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"|
|1987||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|
|1990||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 film|
|2000||Bull||Hunter Lasky||5 episodes|
|2001||Conspiracy||Adolf Eichmann||Television film|
|2004||Frasier||Morrie (caller)||Episode: "Frasier-Lite"|
|2006||Monk||David Ruskin||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Actor"|
|2006||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"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Party Host (voice)||Episode: "Butchered in Burbank"|
|2013||American Dad!||Lorenzo||Episode: "Permanent Record Wrecker"|
|2014–15||BoJack Horseman||Herb Kazzaz (voice)||8 episodes|
|2015||Fortitude||DCI Eugene Morton||9 episodes|
|2015||The Italian Americans||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2015||Peter & Wendy||Captain Hook/Fit Surgeon/Mr. Darling||Television film|
|2017||FEUD: Bette and Joan||Jack Warner|
- He is a close friend of actress Meryl Streep.
- He has worked with 9 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: John Huston, Robert Benton, Woody Allen, Danny Boyle, Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Peter Jackson, and Robert Redford.
- After his freshman year in college, Tucci was a maintenance man at a county park in Westchester, New York, having to clean the toilets, which didn’t have running water.
- He almost got hit by a bus after first moving to London, England.
|Bette and Joan|