THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX
Not one to sit still for too long, STANLEY TUCCI (Boldo) has appeared
than 50 films and countless television shows. In the past few years, he has appeared in
films such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Terminal and Road to Perdition. He is no
stranger to the theater and has appeared in more than a dozen plays on and off Broadway.
2008 has been an extremely busy year for Tucci. Most recently, he wrapped
filming Julie & Julia, opposite Meryl Streep and directed by Nora Ephron, and The
Lovely Bones, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Susan Sarandon. At this year's Sundance
Film Festival, Tucci premiered the film What Just Happened? alongside Bruce Willis,
John Turturro and Robert De Niro, as well as Blind Date, which, after seven years,
brought Tucci behind the camera once again, as he directed, co-wrote and starred in the
remake of Theo van Gogh's film. Additionally, Swing Vote, with Kevin Costner and
Dennis Hopper, and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, with Abigail Breslin and Joan
Cusack, were released.
In addition to his accomplishments in movies this year, Tucci was nominated for
an Emmy Award for his guest role as Dr. Kevin Moretti on ER. Last year, for his
appearance on Monk, he received critical attention as well as an Emmy Award in the
category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Twentieth Century Fox Animation's feature Robots was released in March 2005,
in which Tucci offered his voice for the character Herb Copperbottom. In The Life and
Death of Peter Sellers, Tucci played the role of renowned director Stanley Kubrick. The
Stephen Hopkins drama premiered on HBO in December 2004, starred Stephen Fry, John
Lithgow and Miriam Margolyes and tied for the most Emmy Award nominations that
year, with 16 bids. Tucci also starred opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in the
romantic comedy Shall We Dance and opposite Dana Delany and RubĂ©n Blades in the
James Redford film Spin, as well as in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal, in which Tucci
worked alongside Tom Hanks.
In 2002, Tucci received critical acclaim for his turn in DreamWorks' Road to
Perdition, co-starring Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Paul Newman. The film, directed by
Sam Mendes, was about a hit man who takes things personally after his wife and son are
murdered. Stanley was also seen in the ever-popular Disney comedy Big Trouble, costarring
Tim Allen and Rene Russo and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Tucci also graced
screens in Paramount Classics' Sidewalks of New York, written and directed by Edward
Burns, and Columbia Pictures' America's Sweethearts, opposite Julia Roberts and Billy
Crystal. He also appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth in the highly
acclaimed HBO drama Conspiracy, a film for which Tucci earned both Emmy and
Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Tucci's multiple talents have led to a very diverse career. Not only an
accomplished and gifted actor, he is also a writer, director and producer. His most recent
directorial effort was USA Films' Joe Gould's Secret, which starred Ian Holm as
bohemian writer Joe Gould and Tucci as Joseph Mitchell, the famed writer for The New
Yorker. The film, set in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1940s, tells the story of
the strange meeting and long-lasting friendship between Gould and Mitchell, as well as
the stories Mitchell wrote about Gould and his life.
Big Night, Tucci's first effort as co-director, co-screenwriter and actor on the
same film, earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting
Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, a Special Recognition for Excellence in
Filmmaking by the National Board of Review, an Independent Spirit Award, the Grand
Special Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival and honors from the New York Society
of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
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