He looks like a tough guy, doesn’t he? Well he’s usually given roles where he plays your stereotypical bad guy or psycho killer. In reality, the two time Golden Globe and Emmy winner is a very polite and engaging man.
Stanley Tucci hails from Peekskill, New York. He was born there on November 11, 1960. He attended John Jay High School where he became friends with Campbell Scott, the son of actors George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst. After graduation, Tucci worked very hard and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Drama.
Stanley’s first role was given to him by Collen Dewhurst, his friend Campbell’s mother. Colleen gave Stanley the role of a soldier in her 1982 play, The Queen and the Rebels.
Three years after making his Broadway debut, Tucci made his film debut in John Huston's celebrated Prizzi's Honor where he played the role of a street hood in 1985.
The role developed Tucci into a highly respected, character actor. After that Stanley alternated between big budget features and small, independent films. Tucci’s first major recurring television role was on the hit series Miami Vice. Stanley played the role of Mafioso Frank Mosca.
Tucci rode his success into five episodes of the television show, The Equalizer, as the mobster Rick Pinzolo. As Tucci received acting jobs, he realized that he was always being cast as the ethnic protagonist. He was not pleased with the stereotype.
Equal Justice was a show that Stanley acted on from 1989 to 1991. His character was a police detective who was determined to romance one of the attorneys. Tucci was glad to perform as a character that wore a badge and carried a legal weapon for a change.
In the Soup was a 1992 film that saw Tucci play Jennifer Beals’ ex husband. In 1993 Stanley landed the role of Lucky Luciano in Robert Benton's Billy Bathgate; he then acted the part of a Middle Eastern assassin in The Pelican Brief. This movie allowed Tucci to work with two future screen legends and Oscar Winners, Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
Stanley took a brief break from work so that he could marry his girlfriend, Kate in 1995. The Pelican Brief was followed by Stanley’s memorable performance in the ABC drama Murder One. It earned Tucci what was to be the first of many Emmy Nominations in 1996.
Tucci got his first opportunity to win an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie with his performance in Winchell. He later went on to star as Hope Davis' straying husband in Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers.
Wanted to do something different for a while, Stanley took the time to write and direct The Imposters in 1998. The film was a period comedy about mistaken identities. It was set in the 1930’s on a cruise ship. Bet that ship sank when nobody showed up to watch the film.
Nevertheless, Stanley was able to spring back in 2000 with his performance in Joe Gould's Secret. That same year, Stanley’s wife gave birth to the couple’s twins. Roles in A-List movies such as America's Sweethearts, Sidewalks in New York, and Conspiracy had Stanley at the top of his game.
In playing the role of Chicago mob boss Frank Nitti in The Road to Perdition, Tucci proved the versatility of his acting skills. In Maid in Manhattan, Stanley took on the role Ralph Fiennes’ nervous campaign manager, in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan which also starred Jennifer Lopez.
Tucci’s portfolio is gigantic. He would need several large moving boxes to store copies of all the movies and television shows in which he has appeared. Many wonderfully talented men have been called The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, but that title should belong to no other than Stanley Tucci because the man is always up to something.
Is Tucci a great guy? Well what is done in the dark eventually comes out in the light. Tucci hasn’t always been a faithful, loving husband. In 2004, Stanley left his wife to be with his Broadway co-star Edie Falco of The Sopranos. Their relationship quickly ended, and Tucci went back home to his wife whom he lost to breast cancer in 2009.