Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

His role in 'The Feud' (1989)

Background:

Italian-American actor Stanley Tucci, who first gained public recognition
through his role of Richard Cross in the courtroom drama “Murder One”
(1995-1996, collected a Golden Satellite Award and a Viewers for Quality
Television Award, as well as an Emmy nomination), rose to a higher pedestal
after successfully making his directing and screenwriting debut with the drama
Big Night (1996, also costarred as Secondo, opposite Tony Shalhoub). For his
hard work in the debut, the actor reaped a Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award from
the Sundance Film Festival, a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, an
Independent Spirit Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Boston
Society of Film Critics Award. As an actor, Tucci became a two-time Golden Globe
winner for his superb performances in the TV films Winchell (1998, also won an
Emmy Award) and Conspiracy (2001, also earned a second Emmy nomination). The
versatile performer then mesmerized stage audiences with his Tony-nominated part
in the Broadway production of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” (2003).

Outside the spotlight, Tucci, who owns a production company named First Cold
Press Prods, signed a two-year deal with Rysher Entertainment in 1996 to write,
direct and produce films through his company. Privately speaking, the
actor/director is married to Kate Tucci, with whom he has two children and two
stepchildren.


Italian-American

Childhood and Family:

Of Italian-American descent, Stanley Tucci was born on January 11, 1960, in
Katonah, New York, to former art teacher Stanley Tucci Sr. and former secretary
Joan Tucci. He is also the brother of actress Christine Tucci and illustrator
Gina Tucci.

Graduating from John Jay High School in Katonah, Stanley took acting programs at
the State University of New York. After finishing his education with a title of
B.F.A in theater in 1982, he began acting professionally.

On a more private note, Stanley is the husband of social worker Kate Tucci, whom
he married in April 1995. He is also the stepfather of two children, from Kate’s
previous marriage. On January 21, 2000, Stanley’s wife gave birth to twins
Nicolo Robert (son) and Isabel Concetta (daughter), in Manhattan, New York.


Murder One

Career:

Soon after graduating college, Stanley Tucci made his professional debut in “The
Queen and the Rebels” (1982). Three years later, he went to the screen and
acquired a small part in Prizzi’s Honor (1985), as a soldier. It was ensued with
a TV debut in an episode of “Crime Story” (1987, played Zack Lowman) and the
thriller Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987).

Tucci, who in 1986 first appeared in “Miami Vice” as Steven Demarco, reemerged
on the series with the guest part of mob chieftain Frank Mosca in 1987 and 1988.
He was also cast in the recurring role of predatory gangster Enrico ‘Rick’
Pinzolo in “Wiseguy” (1988-1989), and had a small turn in the crime comedy Quick
Change (1990). Tucci continued building his career by accepting roles in the
star-studded gangster movie Billy Bathgate (1991), the independent drama comedy
In the Soup (1992, as Gregoire), the adaptation of John Grisham’s novel The
Pelican Brief (1993, as Khamel the Arab assassin) and It Could Happen to You
(1994, played Eddie Biasi).

The newcomer’s triumphant role was that of suspicious defendant Richard Cross in
the Steven Bochco-created courtroom drama “Murder One” (1995-1996), in which he
collected a Golden Satellite and a Viewers for Quality Television for Best
Supporting Actor, as well as earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting
Actor. Tucci also made a successful debut as a director and screenwriter by
co-directing (with Campbell Scott) and co-writing (with his cousin Joseph
Tropiano) the drama Big Night (1996, also costarred as Secondo, opposite Tony
Shalhoub). Thanks to his unrelenting effort in the self-produced drama, he
harvested a Boston Society of Film Critics and Independent Spirit for Best
Screenplay, a Waldo Salt Screenwriting award from the Sundance Film Festival, a
New York Film Critics Circle and a Boston Society of Film Critics for Best New
Director. Following his turn as Paul Epstein, a friend and novel character of
the main character in Deconstructing Harry (1997), Tucci won an Emmy and a
Golden Globe for Best Actor after portraying the titular turn of an influential
and controversial columnist in Winchell (1998, TV). For the same role, he was
also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor.

Still in 1998, the actor made a solo attempt in writing, producing and directing
with the slapstick comedy The Impostors, in which he also starred as washed-up
actor Arthur. Tucci was then seen as Puck (Robin Goodfellow) in an adaptation of
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) before playing New Yorker staff
writer Joe Mitchell in his self-directed and produced drama Joe Gould’s Secret
(2000).

For the second time, Tucci received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor
through his fine turn as Adolf Eichmann in the TV historical film about the
Holocaust, Conspiracy (2001). Even better, the turn also won him a Golden Globe
for Best Supporting Actor. After portraying mobster boss Frank Nitti in the
screen version of Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner’s graphic novel
Road to Perdition (2002), the actor served as the executive producer for The
Mudge Boy (2003), a drama about a misfit farm boy trying to cope with his
mother’s death.

Returning to the stage after two decades, Tucci successfully took the leading
role in the Broadway revival of Terence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the
Clair de Lune” (2003) and received a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play.
He was then seen in box-office films like The Core (2003, as Dr. Conrad Zimsky)
and Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal (2004, starred as Frank Dixon), before doing
voiceover work for Herb Copperbottom in the animated feature Robots (2005).

Recently, Tucci was cast as Detective Brikowski in the star-studded thriller
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) and played Nigel in the box-office hit The Devil
Wears Prada (2006). He will also play roles in the drama Four Last Songs (2006,
has the leading role of Larry), the medical series “3 lbs.” (2007) and the
animated movie Cat Tale (2008, voiced Simon). In the meantime, he is set to take
on the off-camera task of director with the drama Blind Date (2007), starring
his old-time colleague Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Clarkson.


Awards:

Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a
Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Conspiracy, 2002
Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Winchell, 1999
Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion
Picture Made for TV, Winchell, 1999
Golden Satellite: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a
Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Murder One, 1997
Viewers for Quality Television: Q Award - Best Supporting Actor in a
Quality Drama Series, Murder One, 1996
Independent Spirit: Best First Screenplay, Big Night, 1997
Sundance Film Festival: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Big Night, 1996
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best New Filmmaker, Big Night, 1996
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Screenplay, Big Night, 1996
New York Film Critics Circle: Best New Director, Big Night, 1996
I wanted to be an actor when I was a kid.More Stanley Tucci quotes [06/15/2006 12:06:00]
As a director, I also get to sit and watch actors and learn from them in a way that I don't get to do when I'm just acting.More Stanley Tucci quotes [06/15/2006 12:06:00]
I like to use all of myself, and acting wasn't doing that.More Stanley Tucci quotes [06/15/2006 12:06:00]
I hate movies that take a long time to shoot or directors that labor over every shot or do excessive amounts of coverage and excessive takes and don't keep things moving or constantly cutting.More Stanley Tucci quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm interested in how people shoot because I have a very specific way of shooting and I'm fascinated by the way other people shoot films, particularly if they're smart and talented.More Stanley Tucci quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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