Not one to sit still for too long, Stanley Tucci has appeared in over 50 films and countless television shows. In the past few years he has appeared in The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal and Road to Perdition. He is no stranger to the theater, and has appeared in multiple plays, on and off Broadway.
Tucci was last seen in Julie & Julia opposite Meryl Streep and directed by Nora Ephron and Blind Date, which he also co-wrote and directed, opposite Patricia Clarkson. He also served as an executive producer on Saint John of Las Vegas, Olive Productions’ first co-production and will next direct the indie comic drama The Hunter starring Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Patricia Clarkson. Tucci will also be making his Broadway directing debut in early 2010 with a revival of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor starring T.R. Knight.
Last year, Tucci appeared in Swing Vote, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and The Tale of Despereaux, as well as What Just Happened. He most recently wrapped production of Easy A opposite Lisa Kudrow and Patricia Clarkson.
Tucci’s previous film credits include Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robots, Space Chimps, Lucky Number Slevin, Maid in Manhattan, Shall We Dance?, Spin, Big Trouble, Sidewalks of New York, America’s Sweethearts, The Alarmist, A Life Less Ordinary, The Daytrippers, Kiss of Death, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, It Could Happen to You, The Pelican Brief, Prelude to a Kiss, Billy Bathgate, In the Soup and Slaves of New York.
In addition to his accomplishments in movies, Tucci won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on Monk and received a nomination for his role as Dr. Moretti on ER. In 2002 he won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination for his brilliant portrayal of Adolf Eichmann in the television film Conspiracy. This was the dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference in 1942, where top Nazi officials met to coordinate the “Final Solution,” the Nazi’s plan for the extermination of the entire Jewish population of Europe and French North Africa.
Tucci also received a Golden Globe as well as an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Walter Winchell, a founder of American gossip, in the HBO original film Winchell. His performance as the fast-talking tattler, whose exposure of secrets and scandals turned political, left audiences and critics singing his praises. Winchell provided Tucci with one of the juiciest roles of his diverse career. In The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, he played the role of renowned director Stanley Kubrick. The drama premiered on HBO in December of 2004 and tied for the most Emmy nominations with 16 mentions.
Tucci’s additional work on television includes his appearance as a re-occurring guest star on TNT’s Bull. His other television credits include appearances on Equal Justice, Wiseguy, The Equalizer, thirtysomething and The Street. He also starred as Richard Cross in the Steven Bochco drama Murder One, a performance for which he earned an additional Emmy nomination.
Tucci’s multiple talents have led to a very diverse career. Not only an accomplished and gifted actor, he is also a writer, director and producer. Joe Gould’s Secret, his 2000 directorial effort for USA Films, starred Ian Holm as bohemian writer Joe Gould and Tucci as Joseph Mitchell, the famed writer for The New Yorker.Big Night, Tucci’s first film as co-director, co-screenwriter and actor on the same film, earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, a recognition of excellence by the National Board of Review, an Independent Spirit Award, the Grand Special Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival and honors from the New York Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
Tucci’s second project, The Impostors, a film which he wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in, was an Official Selection at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and was acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures later that year. The 1930s farce starred Tucci and Oliver Platt as a pair of out-of-work actors who find themselves aboard a cruise ship with other passengers including Steve Buscemi, Alfred Molina, Lili Taylor and Hope Davis.
On Broadway, Tucci has appeared in Execution of Hope, The Iceman Cometh, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Misanthrope, and The Queen and the Rebels. He has also performed in a number of off-Broadway plays and at Yale Repertory Theater and SUNY Purchase, where he first studied acting.
Tucci is also an avid humanitarian, working directly with the Food Bank for New York City, which works to end hunger and increase access to affordable food for low-income New Yorkers, as well as Change for Kids, which empowers children through unique education programs in New York City’s most under resourced elementary schools. In addition, Tucci is also involved with Planned Parenthood, which helps individuals make informed and independent decisions about sex, health and family planning.
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