Stanley Tucci: Italian of the Week

stanley-tucci.jpgOn November 11, 1960, Joan (née Tropiano) and Stanley Tucci welcomed a son, Stanley, in Peekskill, NY. Growing up, the young boy showed a strong interest in acting and theater. After graduating from high school, Stanley enrolled in SUNY at Purchase and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in drama in 1982. He moved to New York City and performed in productions both on and off-Broadway. Finally, Stanley made his film debut in the critically acclaimed Prizzi’s Honor.

After playing the tough guy in a string of television and film projects, Stanley decided to write, direct and star in Big Night – a movie about Italian immigrant brothers working together to run a restaurant in New Jersey. In 1998, he starred in the television film Winchell and won a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor. Stanley has also starred in works covering a wide range of genres including ER, Monk, The Italian Americans, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games and Spotlight. In 2002, he starred on Broadway in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. In 2010, Stanley made his Broadway directing debut with the play Lend Me a Tenor – a production that received a nomination from Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Play.

Sources: Playbill, IMDb,

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