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Also Known As: Stanley Tucci Jr. Died:
Born: November 11, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Peekskill, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Having had his start on the Broadway stage, award-winning actor Stanley Tucci managed to break free of being cast as stereotypical tough guys by displaying his talents in a wide array of performances. After playing a soldier in the Broadway play "The Queen and the Rebels" (1982), Tucci made his feature debut as a hood in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and soon developed into a highly respected character actor in films like "Billy Bathgate" (1991), "The Pelican Brief" (1993) and the HBO biopic "Winchell" (1998). Alternating between independent films and big budget features, Tucci came within reach of stardom with his delightful performance as proud Italian chef Secondo Pilaggi in "Big Night" (1996), directed by Campbell Scott from a script by Tucci. He went on to portray a wide range of characters on television and in film, playing Puck in "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999) and directing the indie "Joe Gould's Secret" (2001). He played Adolph Eichmann in "Conspiracy" (HBO, 2001), mobster Frank Nitti in "The Road to Perdition" (2002), and Stanley Kubrick in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (HBO, 2004). After stealing scenes from Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada"...

Having had his start on the Broadway stage, award-winning actor Stanley Tucci managed to break free of being cast as stereotypical tough guys by displaying his talents in a wide array of performances. After playing a soldier in the Broadway play "The Queen and the Rebels" (1982), Tucci made his feature debut as a hood in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) and soon developed into a highly respected character actor in films like "Billy Bathgate" (1991), "The Pelican Brief" (1993) and the HBO biopic "Winchell" (1998). Alternating between independent films and big budget features, Tucci came within reach of stardom with his delightful performance as proud Italian chef Secondo Pilaggi in "Big Night" (1996), directed by Campbell Scott from a script by Tucci. He went on to portray a wide range of characters on television and in film, playing Puck in "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999) and directing the indie "Joe Gould's Secret" (2001). He played Adolph Eichmann in "Conspiracy" (HBO, 2001), mobster Frank Nitti in "The Road to Perdition" (2002), and Stanley Kubrick in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (HBO, 2004). After stealing scenes from Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006) and "Julie & Julia" (2009), he earned his first Oscar nomination for playing serial killer George Harvey in "The Lovely Bones" (2009). With turns in such varied movies as "Easy A" (2010), "Burlesque" (2010) and "Margin Call" (2011), it was easy to see why Tucci was considered one of cinema's finest character actors.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Blind Date (2008)
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  Joe Gould's Secret (2000) Director
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  Impostors, The (1998) Director
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  Big Night (1996) Co-Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Spotlight (2015)
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 Transformers 4 (2014)
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 Heat (2013)
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Raised in Katonah, NY
1982:
Made stage debut in "The Queen and the Rebels"
1985:
Made feature debut as a soldier in "Prizzi's Honor"
1987:
TV debut, "Crime Story" (NBC)
1987:
Appeared on two episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC) as mob chief Frank Mosca
1988:
Had recurring role of predatory gangster Enrico 'Rick' Pinzolo in "Wiseguy" (CBS)
1990:
Played recurring role of an ad agency owner on NBC's "thirtysomething"
1991:
Portrayed Lucky Luciano in Robert Benton's "Billy Bathgate"
1991:
Landed recurring role as a police detective on ABC's "Equal Justice"
1992:
Featured as dogcatcher Vernon in family comedy "Beethoven"
1993:
Appeared as an Arab assassin in "The Pelican Brief"
1995:
Cast as Richard Cross in Steven Bochco's courtroom drama "Murder One" (ABC)
1995:
Made feature directorial debut (as co-director with Campbell Scott) and feature screenwriting debut (as co-writer with his cousin Joseph Tropiano) with "Big Night"
1996:
Signed two-year deal with Rysher Entertainment to write, direct, and produce through his company First Cold Press Prods.
1998:
Solo feature writing and directing debut, "The Impostors"
1998:
Starred in HBO biopic "Winchell"
1999:
Portrayed Puck in "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2000:
Produced and directed third feature "Joe Gould's Secret"; also co-starred with Ian Holm
2000:
Co-starred on TNT series "Bull"
2001:
Cast as a studio executive in "America's Sweethearts"
2001:
Portrayed Adolph Eichmann in HBO drama "Conspiracy"
2001:
Co-starred in "Sidewalks of New York" as a philanderer
2002:
Cast in role of Johnny in revival of Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny"; earned Tony nomination
2002:
Played real-life Chicago mobster Frank Nitti in "The Road to Perdition"
2002:
Cast as Ralph Fiennes' anxious campaign manager in "Maid in Manhattan"
2004:
Cast opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal"
2004:
Portrayed Stanley Kubrick in HBO movie "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"
2005:
Voiced Herb Copperbottom in animated feature "Robots"
2006:
Played Detective Brikowski opposite Josh Hartnett in thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"
2006:
Co-starred opposite Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" playing a fashion editor
2006:
Won Emmy for guest starring role on USA Network series "Monk"
2007:
Had recurring role as the new hospital chief on NBC's medical drama "ER"
2008:
Played Mr. Berk in family film "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl"
2009:
Portrayed Paul Child, Julia Child's (Meryl Streep) husband in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia"
2009:
Cast as George Harvey, a serial killer of young girls in film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2010:
Directed Broadway revival of "Lend Me a Tenor," starring Anthony LaPaglia as the tenor and Tony Shalhoub as the manager
2010:
Acted opposite Emma Stone in teen comedy "Easy A"
2010:
Co-starred with Cher and Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque"
2011:
Played a scientist who helped created the Super Soldier in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
2011:
Joined ensemble cast of financial drama thriller "Margin Call"
2012:
Cast as the eccentric Caesar Flickerman in feature film adaptation "The Hunger Games"
2013:
Featured with Ewan McGregor in "Jack the Giant Slayer"
2013:
Appeared in the WikiLeaks film "The Fifth Estate"
2013:
Reprised the role of Caesar Flickerman in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
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Education

John Jay High School: Cross River , New York -
State University of New York at Purchase: Purchase , New York - 1982

Notes

"I wanted to finally get a decent part for myself. I mean, if I'd been cast in enough good roles, I don't think I would have gotten around to making ['Big Night']" --Stanley Tucci to Empire, June 1997.

"I've made a lot of compromises in my career, but I had to do it. I knew certain jobs I was taking for political reasons. If I waited around for all the great parts in all the great movies to come my way, I would never work, ever, and I don't want to live that way." --Tucci to Los Angeles Times, September 15, 1997.

"The upside [of being a character actor] is you get to play a variety of roles. I suppose the downside is, it's very difficult being ethnic, Italian. People want you to always play the Italian gangster, and that's a little frustrating after a while. If it's well-written, it's okay, but all too often it's not. And in Hollywood, ideas of what's romantic, and who's romantic, don't often include my type." --Tucci quoted in Daily News, September 15, 1993.

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wife:
Kate Tucci. Social worker. Born c. 1961; married in April 1995; has two children from a previous marriage; divorced in 2003.

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father:
Stanley Tucci Sr. Art teacher. Retired.
mother:
Joan Tucci. Secretary. Retired.
sister:
Christine Tucci. Actor. Appeared on NBC daytime drama "Another World"; younger.
sister:
Gina Tucci. Illustrator. Younger.
son:
Nicolo Robert Tucci. Fraternal twin; born on January 21, 2000.
daughter:
Isabel Concetta Tucci. Fraternal twin; born on January 21, 2000.
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