LOU TAYLOR PUCCI (Alex Breslin) emerged as one of the most promising actors of his generation following the premiere of Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. In the funny, exceptionally observant coming-of-age story, Pucci starred opposite Tilda Swinton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn as Justin Cobb, a compulsive 17-year-old thumbsucker. Pucci received both a Sundance Special Jury Prize for acting and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival for his performance.
This year, Pucci appears in six features – David and Alex Pastor’s thriller CARRIERS, Gregor Jordan’s THE INFORMERS, which is based upon the Bret Easton Ellis novel, Jonas Akerlund’s HORSEMEN, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang, John Hindman’s THE DREAM OF ROMANS with co-star Jeff Daniels, John Krasinski’s adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, and Mark Webber’s EXPLICIT ILLS.
Pucci made his feature film debut as Kevin, the badly beaten young hitchhiker encountered by Fairuza Balk's character in Rebecca Miller's 2002 award-winning Sundance Film Festival entry PERSONAL VELOCITY. His credits also include Richard Linklater’s FAST FOOD NATION, Martin Hynes’ THE GO-GETTER, Fred Schepisi’s EMPIRE FALLS with Paul Newman and Ed Harris, THE CHUMSCRUBBER with Jamie Bell and Justin Chatwin and Theo Avgerinos’s FIFTY PILLS, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival
In 2005, Pucci rejoined THUMBSUCKER co-star Vincent D’Onofrio for an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He also starred with Kelli Garner (his love interest in the Mills film), in Green Day’s “Jesus of Suburbia” video for director Samuel Bayer.
Pucci grew up in central New Jersey and had little interest in acting until his aunt bribed him to try out for community theatre at age 10. Two years later, he appeared on Broadway as Friedrich in "The Sound of Music."