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Not one to sit still for too long, STANLEY TUCCI (Boldo) has appeared in more 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 Rubén 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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