Award-winning American actor Stanley Tucci was born on November 11, 1960 in Peekskill, New York. The Italian-American played soccer and football during his stay at the John Jay High School, but was primarily interested in drama; he was a member of the school’s drama club, where his performances in school plays were often well received. He went on to complete his degree at the Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase.
Tucci’s first professional acting credits were on stage; he made his Broadway debut in 1982 with a performance in The Queen and the Rebels. He shortly made his screen debut, playing a small role in the 1985 comedy Prizzi’s Honor. He then juggled his acting commitments to film, stage and television, earning him acclaim along the way. He played guest roles in shows like Miami Vice, thirtysomething, Equal Justice and Wiseguy.
His first regular television role was in the crime drama Murder One. He played the role of Richard Cross, a wealthy millionaire who was implicated in the murder of his ex-wife’s sister. His portrayal of a troubled defendant who is later discovered to have been suffering from AIDS earned him an Emmy nomination. His next major television role was in the short-lived medical drama 3 lbs, where he played prominent neurosurgeon Douglas Hanson. Other notable television roles include an Emmy-winning guest role in Monk, and a recurring role in ER.
Tucci’s film career also achieved significant acclaim. Some of his notable films include The Pelican Brief, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, America’s Sweethearts, The Terminal, Shall We Dance and The Devil Wears Prada. He has received two awards—one Emmy and one Golden Globe—for his role in the 1998 television film Winchell, and also won another Golden Globe for his role in another television movie, Conspiracy.