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Stanley Tucci is an actor, perhaps best known for playing Julia Child's husband in Julie & Julia, as well as his Oscar-winning performance in The Lovely Bones.
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as well as his Oscar-winning performance in 2009's The Lovely Bones.
Actor. Born Stanley Oliver Tucci, Jr. on November 11, 1960, in Peekskill, New York. Tucci grew up in Katonah, New York, as the eldest of three siblings. Tucci came from an Italian-American, middle class family: His father, Stanley Tucci, Sr., was an art teacher, and his mother, Joan Tucci, worked as a secretary. Tucci showed an interest in theater at an early age, studying drama at John Jay High School. Tucci's high school friend Campbell Scott, the son of actress Colleen Dewhurst, helped Tucci land his professional acting debut as an extra in a Broadway production starring Dewhurst. After graduation in 1978, Tucci enrolled in SUNY Purchase, where he studied drama.
Tucci earned his bachelor's degree from SUNY Purchase in 1982, and moved almost immediately afterward to New York City. Working part-time as a server in order to make ends meet, Tucci spent his evenings performing in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. After several years of hard work, Tucci made his film debut in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, which starred Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. The dark comedy landed critical recognition, including an Academy Award for Turner and an Oscar nod for Nicholson. Tucci's role in the movie helped him land more work, including his first memorable television role as the recurring character Frank Mosca on Miami Vice, beginning in 1986. Tucci would reprise the role two more times in 1987 and 1988. He also portrayed a tough guy in five episodes of Wiseguy from 1988 to 1989.
Returning to the big screen in 1992, Tucci was cast in the independent comedy In the Soup, then portrayed the famous gangster Lucky Luciano in Billy Bathgate in 1993. Also in 1993, Tucci played a Middle Eastern assassin in the critically acclaimed The Pelican Brief. After years of playing the tough guy in a variety of television and movie roles, Stanley Tucci was cast in the title role in Winchell, the HBO biopic about the tabloid reporter Henry Winchell's life, in 1998. Tucci's performance earned him his first Emmy and Golden Globe award wins.
Tucci began working behind the camera in the early 90s, after growing frustrated with what he felt were stereotypical Italian roles in Hollywood. Tucci began shopping a script he wrote, Big Night, around to various studios in the early 90s. He eventually landed a deal to make the film, which told the story of two Italian immigrant brothers and their failing restaurant. Due to budget constraints, Tucci co-directed the film with the help of his old friend, Campbell Scott.
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