Biography of Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci is a successful American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, winner of a number of prestigious film awards, including Emmy, Golden Globe, Gotham, as well as an Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy nominee.
Pictured: Stanley Tucci
Stanley is loved by audiences and respected by critics, because he looks equally convincing in any role, from villains to good wizards. For this he is called the “screen classic”. Among more than a hundred films with his participation, Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal (2004), David Frankel’s The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Gary Ross’s The Hunger Games and Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones are considered the best.
Stanley was born November 11, 1960 in Prikskill, 40 miles from New York, the second child of Italian immigrants from Calabria. His mother, Joanne (nee Tropiano), worked as a publishing secretary and wrote articles, and his father, Stanley Tucci Sr., taught art theory in high school.
Stanley attended John Jay High School. By his own admission, he was not a very diligent student and did poorly in the exact sciences. But he liked learning languages and history. Also, the boy successfully played in the football and baseball teams of the school, but his main hobby was not sports, but acting.
Stanley Tucci in his youth and now
He took drama classes in high school and acted alongside his friend Campbell Scott, son of actors George Q. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst, in school productions. Through extensive practice and rehearsal, Stanley successfully auditioned for the SUNY Purchase College of the Arts at New York University.
He studied at the acting department and in 1982 received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Interestingly, his fellow student was Irving Rhames, and it was Tucci who gave him the nickname “Wing”, by which this actor is now known.
Almost all the children of the large Tucci family have connected their lives with acting. This path was chosen by Stanley, and his sister, and their cousin Joseph Tropiano, who became a Hollywood screenwriter, and often a co-author of Tucci’s screenplays.
Stanley got his first role thanks to the mother of his high school friend Campbell. In September 1982, they played soldiers in the Broadway play The Queen and the Rebels, where Colleen Dewhurst herself played one of the key roles. Then the aspiring actor tried himself as a model and starred in an advertisement for Levi’s 501 jeans.
Tucci made his feature film debut in 1985 when he played a small role in John Huston’s crime comedy The Prizzi Family Honor with the inimitable Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. In 1991, he performed at the Yale Repertory Theater in the play “The Tricks of Sapin” based on the play by Molière.
Stanley Tucci in Beethoven
In 1992, the actor portrayed the scoundrel Vernon in Brian Levant’s beloved family comedy Beethoven with Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt. Among his first successful film credits was also the role of Frank in Barbe Schroeder’s action movie Kiss of Death (1995), where his co-stars were David Caruso and Nicolas Cage, as well as in Michael Hoffman’s melodrama based on Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Sophie Marceau and Michelle Pfeiffer, where he was very funny as Robin the Whacky.
Stanley Tucci in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In 1996, at the American Sundance Film Festival, the comedy-drama about chefs Big Night premiered, directed by Tucci and his longtime friend and colleague Scott, and written by him and cousin Tropiano. The actor’s sister became the “voice” of the project, performing all the musical compositions in the film, and Stanley’s mother wrote a cookbook for the film. Stanley Tucci himself played the role of Secondo, one of the Italian brothers who decided to open a small restaurant in the States.
Stanley Tucci in The Big Night
The creative family won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay at the Film Festival. Later, at the Deauville Film Festival, the film also received awards for directing from the New York Film Critics Society and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
Stanley Tucci on the set of The Big Night
In 1998, in the biographical film The Godfather of the Ether, based on the book Walter Winchell: His Life and Times by Herman Klurfeld, the actor appeared in the key role of this talented journalist, which brought him a Golden Globe and an Emmy, as well as a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Stanley Tucci in The Godfather of Ether
In 2001, the historical drama The Conspiracy by Frank Pearson was released, dedicated to real events – the Wannsee Conference, at which the Nazis approved the program of the genocide of Jews. Tucci brilliantly embodied in her the image of Adolf Eichmann [один из придумавших Холокост офицеров СС] and again received a Golden Globe, as well as an Emmy nomination.
Stanley Tucci and Kenneth Branagh in The Conspiracy
A year later, the actor appeared with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman in Sam Mendes’ gangster drama The Damned Road, and also earned recognition as a theater actor, winning a Broadway Tony Award for his role as Johnny in Terrence McNally’s revival of Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lun”.
Stanley Tucci in the movie Down Road
In 2004, on the set of Steven Spielberg’s “Terminal”, there was another meeting of the artist with Tom Hanks. They played antagonists – Hanks portrayed the poor fellow, stuck at the airport, whose visa was canceled due to a political coup, and Tucci – an official who sought to get rid of an unwanted guest.
In 2006, in David Frankel’s comedy-drama The Devil Wears Prada, Stanley played the role of fashion guru, the short-tempered but very warm-hearted art director Nigel, who simply captivated the audience. According to the plot, his character helped Andrea (Anne Hathaway), the new assistant to his terribly strict bosses Miranda (Meryl Streep), to get comfortable in the glamorous world. This role has become one of the best in the career of an actor. In the same year, the artist played David in the television series Monk and received an Emmy in the category “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series”.
Stanley Tucci and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
In 2009, in the crime drama The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson and adapted from the best-selling Alice Sebold, Tucci played a disgusting pedophile maniac and called this the most difficult job of his career. For her, he was awarded a number of nominations for prestigious film awards, including Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA.
In the same period, together with the Oscar-winning Meryl Streep, the actor appeared in the melodrama Julie & Julia: Cooking Happiness According to a Recipe. He reincarnated as the diplomat Paul Child, the intelligent and discreet husband of Julia, the heroine of this magnificent actress. His character was tolerant and gentle about finding his calling as a wife-turned-cooking star.
Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia: Cooking Happiness with a Recipe”
The bright and memorable role of TV presenter Caesar Flickerman was played by Stanley in 2012 in The Hunger Games, as well as in the following parts of the popular franchise. A year later, Tucci appeared as Lord Roderick in the fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer, starring English actor Nicholas Hoult.
Stanley Tucci in The Hunger Games
In 2015, the artist was involved in the main cast of the popular television series Fortitude, playing detective Eugene, and two years later he appeared as movie mogul Jack L. Warner in the documentary drama Feud.
In the same 2017, Stanley took part in the film adaptation of the cartoon “Beauty and the Beast”, which shocked the public with the appearance of a gay character. In the Russian Federation, State Duma deputies even ordered the Ministry of Culture to check the painting for compliance with the law banning propaganda of homosexuality.
Filming “Beauty and the Beast”
In the same period, the actor portrayed the wizard Merlin in the action adventure Transformers: The Last Knight, and also presented his directorial project The Last Portrait, dedicated to the successful sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti.
Stanley Tucci in Transformers: The Last Knight
According to Tucci, the idea to make a film about this artist came to him after reading James Lord’s book “Portrait of Giacometti”. He was very impressed then by the author’s explanation of the creative process as “constant doubts about right or wrong.” In addition, the book taught him that failures and defeats in life are more valuable than successes, as they encourage action, and victories often make self-confident fools out of people.
Geoffrey Rush, Stanley Tucci and Armie Hammer
Among the five film projects with Stanley’s participation, released in 2018, the psychological thriller Hannibal’s Game should be noted. His character, Police Commissioner Harper, along with the characters of the Oscar-winning Ben Kingsley and Henry Cavill (who played Superman in Zack Snyder’s movie comics), was looking for a serial killer.
Stanley Tucci and Brendan Fletcher in Hannibal’s Game
In 2019, the horror film Silence was released based on the novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon, where the actor played one of the main roles. The picture is dedicated to the history of the family of his hero, trying to survive in a world dominated by terrible bloodthirsty creatures.
Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka in Silence
At the same time, Stanley played the key role of Emil Haddock in the mystical series about the disappearance of three hundred scientists from the Limetown neurological research center in Tennessee. His character’s niece Leah (Jessica Biel), a reporter for American Public Radio, decides to conduct her own investigation into what happened.
Personal life of Stanley Tucci
Tucci has always been in the family of his friend Campbell Scott, so it turned out that in 1995 he stole his wife from his brother, producer and screenwriter Alexander, social worker Katherine Spet. He married her with two children, and then they had three more babies: in 2000, the twins Isabelle Concetta and Nicolo Robert, in 2002, the daughter Camila.
Stanley Tucci and his first wife Katherine
In 2003, Tucci left the family, having an affair with the famous American actress Edie Falco, the star of the TV series The Sopranos and a partner in McNally’s Broadway play Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune. But when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, he returned and was with her until her death in 2009.
Stanley Tucci with actress Edie Falco
Two years later, the Anglo-American actress Emily Blunt, with whom Stanley became friends during the joint filming of The Devil Wears Prada, introduced him to her 3-year-old older sister Felicity, a literary agent. Despite a solid age difference (20 years), they got married in August 2012. In 2015, they had a son, Matteo Oliver, and in 2018, a daughter, Emilia Giovanni. Stanley now lives in his young wife’s hometown, London.
Stanley Tucci and his second wife Felicity
By the way, Tucci also became a close friend of actress Meryl Streep, who played the main role in the aforementioned film.
Film actor considers the most important of the arts. In his words, “it entertains, provides useful stories and, like theater, allows you to explore the nature of human emotions from a distance.”
Jokingly, he added that moviegoers experience a whole gamut of feelings and gain valuable experience not in their own skin. Although, when the picture, for example, is about great love, I want to feel them on my own.
Stanley Tucci now
In 2023, the comedy spy film King’s Man Begins was released, where the actor got the role of Merlin, and his partners on the set were Ralph Fiennes (Duke) and Gemma Arterton (Polly).
A children’s fantasy film starring Stanley “Witches” based on the work of the same name by Ronald Dahl was in production. He will tell the story of a boy who entered into a confrontation with the witches, the main of which (Anne Hathaway) turned him into a mouse.
Stanley Tucci – actor, screenwriter, director and producer
Scheduled to premiere in 2023 is the drama Supernova, where Tucci plays the role of Tasker, who suffers from dementia praecox and travels with his friend Sam (Colin Firth) to the places of their youth.
Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in Supernova
Fans of the artist will soon be able to see him in the forthcoming action movie Pretty Woman, which, in addition to him, stars such as Kate Beckinsale and Bobby Cannavale are involved. The film is about a girl who worked as a bouncer who is looking for the killers of her boyfriend.