Stanley Tucci (born November 11, 1960 is an American actor, writer, film producer and film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for performance in The Lovely Bones (2009), and won an Emmy Award for his performance in Winchell. He also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One And Only Shrek.
Tucci earned his Actors' Equity card that same year when actress Colleen Dewhurst, the mother of Tucci's high-school friend, actor Campbell Scott, arranged for the two young men to have bit parts as soldiers in a Broadway play in which she was costarring, The Queen and the Rebels, premiering September 30, 1982. His film debut was in Prizzi's Honor (1985). Tucci is known for his work in films such as The Pelican Brief, Beethoven, Kiss of Death, Road to Perdition and Big Night, and in the television series Murder One as the mysterious Richard Cross. Big Night (1996), which he starred in, co-wrote with his cousin Joseph Tropiano, and co-directed with Scott, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film also featured his sister Christine and their mother, who wrote a cookbook for the film. It won him and Tropiano the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
He has been nominated three times for Golden Globes, and won twice - for his title role in Winchell (1998), and for his supporting role as Adolph Eichmann in Conspiracy (2001), both for HBO films. He also received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Winchell. He was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for his role as Johnny in the 2002 revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
In July 2006, Tucci made an appearance on the USA Network TV series Monk, in a performance that earned him a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy Series. Tucci's TV series, the medical drama 3 lbs., debuted on CBS in the 10:00 pm EDT time slot on November 14, 2006. It was canceled on November 30, 2006 due to low ratings. He can be heard as the voice over in the AT&T Wireless "Raising the Bar" marketing campaign. Tucci also played Nigel in the screen adaption of The Devil Wears Prada alongside Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway. In 2007, Tucci had a recurring role in medical drama ER. In 2009, Tucci again starred opposite Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia playing husband Paul Child to her Julia Child.
That same year, Tucci portrayed George Harvey, a pedophile and serial killer of young girls, in The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel, for which he received high critical praise and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. To prepare for the role, he consulted with retired FBI profiler John Douglas.
In 2010, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub.
Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger.
In July 2010, it was announced that Tucci will direct an upcoming comedy entitled Mommy & Me starring Meryl Streep and Tina Fey as mother and daughter. In February 2011 it was reported that Tucci had been cast as the villain in Jack the Giant Slayer.
On May 9, 2011, it was announced that Tucci would play Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games film (released 2012). On May 15, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Tucci also has joined the cast of Gambit, a remake of a 1966 film, which stars Colin Firth. In 2011 Tucci also played a lead role in Margin Call film (released 2011) as a banker right before the financial crisis. He is also expected to star in David Yates' psychological drama film Your Voice in My Head.
Tucci was co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in Croton Falls, New York. His cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in autumn 2012.
Tucci's first wife was Kathryn Louise Spath-Tucci (1962-2009), also known as Kate Tucci, who died of breast cancer. She was a social worker and the former wife of actor and stage manager Alexander R. Scott, the elder son of actors Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott. She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children: twins Isabel Concetta and Nicolo Robert (born in 2000) and Camilla (born in 2002). The couple also raised Spath-Tucci's two children from her previous marriage.
In 2011, Tucci became engaged to Felicity Blunt, a British literary agent and the elder sister of Tucci's The Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt, who introduced the couple several years after they worked together on Prada. Tucci and Blunt married in a civil service in summer 2012, followed by a larger ceremony at Middle Temple Hall in London on September 29, 2012.