With his swarthy Italian looks and ever-receding hairline, this formidable character actor was initially stereotyped as a small-screen bad guy, with recurring roles on Miami Vice
offering Tucci lots of exposure but little challenge. Stage-trained and extremely versatile, Tucci spent a decade building up his résumé with myriad villainous turns, before essaying his breakthrough role as a '50s restaurateur in Big Night
. A labor of love, Tucci co-wrote the film with his cousin, Joseph Tropiano, co-directed it with childhood friend Campbell Scott, cast his good friend Tony Shalhoub as his brother, and even gave his real-life sister, Christine Tucci, a part. The risk paid off with immense critical and modest commercial success, and Tucci was suddenly in demand. Alternating seamlessly between blockbusters and indies, comedies and dramas, the small and the big screen, he turned in a slew of impressive performances. Although Tucci was no longer typecast as Italian or a villain, he never played straight-up heroes either. He won an Emmy for the TV-movie Winchell
, about a sleazy gossip columnist, and a nomination for his portrayal of infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Conspiracy
.Meanwhile in features he played neurotic (Maid in Manhattan
), awkward (Shall We Dance?
), angry (The Terminal
) and jovial (Julie & Julia
) with equal aplomb. Tucci became a gossip target when he left his wife, Kate, for Edie Falco, his costar in the 2002 Broadway revival of the sexually charged Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
. But the relationship with Falco didn't last, and Tucci reconciled with his wife before her death from cancer in 2009.Stanley Tucci Fast Facts:
- Made his Broadway debut with a small role in the 1982 play The Queen and the Rebels.
- Went to high school with Campbell Scott, with whom he later co-directed Big Night (1996) and shared the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best New Director.
- Frequently works with Tony Shalhoub, whom he met in 1989 while appearing in the play Moon Over Miami; cast Shalhoub in Big Night and The Impostors (1998) and guest-starred on the actor's TV series Monk in 2006.
- Voiced characters in a number of animated films, including Robots (2005), The Tale of Despereaux (2008) and Space Chimps (2008).
- Is a gourmet cook, and former co-owner of New York restaurant Finch Tavern.
- Stanley Tucci Relationships:
- Camilla Tucci - Daughter
- Kate Tucci - Wife (deceased)
- Christine Tucci - Sister
- Gina Tucci - Sister
- Nicolo Robert Tucci - Son
- Stanley Tucci Sr. - Father
- Felicity Blunt - Wife
- Edie Falco - Ex-significant Other
- Joan Tropiano Tucci - Mother
- Joe Tropiano - Cousin
- Isabel Concetta Tucci - Daughter
- Stanley Tucci Awards:
- 2009 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
- 2009 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
- 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Drama Series - Nominee
- 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Winner
- 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
- 2003 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
- 1996 Sundance Film Festival: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award - Winner
- 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
- 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
- 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
- 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
- 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
- 2010 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
- State University of New York, Purchase, NY (BFA in Drama, 1982)