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Actor Lou Taylor Pucci embodied young men struggling to find their place in the world in a string of independent features during the early 2000s and beyond, including the award winning "Thumbsucker" (2005), "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005) and "The Story of Luke" (2012). He began his acting career on stage, working in community theater in his native New Jersey before quickly graduating to Broadway in a production of "The Sound of Music." His feature-film debut came with 2002's "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits," which captured the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival that same year. The film's critical success soon minted Pucci as the go-to player for sensitive young men, a role he played to perfection in "Thumbsucker" (2005), which earned him major awards at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival. Pucci would largely play variations on the same character for much of the 2000s in minor indie projects like "Fast Food Nation" (2006) and "The Informers" (2008), while generating positive reviews for performances as an autistic young man in the film festival favorite "The Story of Luke." However, one of his most successful projects - from a box-office standpoint - was "Evil Dead" (2013), the...

Actor Lou Taylor Pucci embodied young men struggling to find their place in the world in a string of independent features during the early 2000s and beyond, including the award winning "Thumbsucker" (2005), "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005) and "The Story of Luke" (2012). He began his acting career on stage, working in community theater in his native New Jersey before quickly graduating to Broadway in a production of "The Sound of Music." His feature-film debut came with 2002's "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits," which captured the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival that same year. The film's critical success soon minted Pucci as the go-to player for sensitive young men, a role he played to perfection in "Thumbsucker" (2005), which earned him major awards at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival. Pucci would largely play variations on the same character for much of the 2000s in minor indie projects like "Fast Food Nation" (2006) and "The Informers" (2008), while generating positive reviews for performances as an autistic young man in the film festival favorite "The Story of Luke." However, one of his most successful projects - from a box-office standpoint - was "Evil Dead" (2013), the ultra-gory reboot of the Sami Rami horror classic. Its success underscored Pucci's ability to work well within both studio and indie environments, while also pointing to a future in mainstream features.

Born July 27, 1985 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Lou Taylor Pucci is the son of former model Linda Farver and her husband, musician Louis Pucci. Though initially uninterested in acting, he was convinced by an aunt to appear in a community-theater production of "Oliver!" The experience convinced him to pursue performing as a career, and within two years, Pucci was appearing on Broadway in "The Sound of Music." He made his feature debut as a wayward teenager in the 2002 independent drama "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits," which won both the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film and the Cinematography Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The project earned Pucci a manager and agent, who guided him through a fruitless two-year period of auditions for films, television, educational projects and commercials. Finally, he landed his breakout role in Mike Mills' comedy-drama "Thumbsucker" (2005) as a shy teenager who discovered newfound confidence - as well as conflict - while attempting to break the habit. Pucci won rave reviews for his performance, which claimed both the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival that same year.

The acclaim afforded to Pucci by "Thumbsucker" led to several high-profile projects, including the award-winning HBO miniseries "Empire Falls" (2005) with Ed Harris and Paul Newman, and a pair of music videos for Green Day's 2005 single "Jesus of Suburbia," which was released as both a 12-minute short film co-starring Pucci's "Thumbsucker" castmate, Kelli Garner, and as a six-minute video consisting solely of the song. Pucci worked steadily in independent features over the next half-decade, playing earnest if frequently misguided young men in "Fifty Pills" (2006), Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation" (2006), Richard Kelly's pilloried "Southland Tales" (2006), and John Krasinski's directorial debut "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (2009). Few, if any of these efforts generated the same degree of interest as "Thumbsucker," which reduced Pucci's profile on the independent feature scene for a brief period. In 2010, he was the victim of an apparently unmotivated assault in New Jersey that required reconstructive surgery and insertion of a titanium plate in his face.

Pucci rebounded with a minor turn as a magician - an avocation he also pursued in real life - in the well-regarded "Beginners" (2010), and a critically praised leading role as a young man with a brain tumor in "The Music Never Stopped" (2011). He also received the lion's share of praise for his turn as a young man with autism who sought to lead a normal life in "The Story of Luke" (2012), which reaped numerous awards at various independent film festivals. His most high-profile picture was "Evil Dead" (2013), director Fede Alvarez's re-imagining of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult horror film. The movie, which cast Pucci as a young schoolteacher who unwittingly released malevolent spirits by reading a book of black magic, topped the box-office charts in its opening weekend of release and received mostly positive reviews.

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 Evil Dead (2013)
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 Beginners (2011)
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 Brotherhood (2010)
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 Answer Man, The (2009)
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 Carriers (2009)
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 Fanboys (2009)
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1998:
Broadway debut in "The Sound of Music"
2002:
First feature film appearance in "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits"
2005:
First leading role in "Thumbsucker"
2005:
Television debut on HBO's "Empire Falls"
2012:
Portrayed an autistic young man in "The Story of Luke"
2013:
Co-stars in 2013's "Evil Dead" reboot
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