Stanley Tucci is an American actor, writer, producer, film director, and former fashion model.
Tucci was born in Peekskill, New York, and grew up in nearby Katonah. His parents, Joan (née Tropiano), a secretary and writer, and Stanley Tucci, Sr., an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria.
Tucci is the oldest of three children; his sister is actress Christine Tucci. Screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin. During the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Florence, Italy.
He attended John Jay High School, where he played on the soccer and baseball teams, although his main interest lay in the school's drama club, where he and fellow actor and high school friend, Campbell Scott, son of actor George C. Scott, gave well-received performances at many of John Jay's drama club productions.
Tucci then attended SUNY Purchase, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982. Among his classmates at SUNY Purchase was fellow acting student Ving Rhames. It was Tucci who gave Rhames, born Irving, the "Ving" nickname by which he is now known.
Tucci's first wife, Kathryn "Kate" Spath-Tucci (b. 1962), died of breast cancer in 2009. She was a social worker and former wife of actor and stage manager Alexander R. Scott, the elder son of actors Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott. She and Tucci married in 1995 and had three children.
The couple also raised Kate's two children from her previous marriage. Tucci left her in 2002 for actress Edie Falco, with whom he was appearing on Broadway in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, but the affair ended, and he returned to his wife and children.
In 2011, Tucci became engaged to Felicity Blunt, an English literary agent. She is the elder sister of actress Emily Blunt, who co-starred with Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada and introduced the couple several years later at her own wedding. Tucci and Blunt married in a civil ceremony in summer 2012, followed by a larger observance at Middle TempleHall in London on September 29, 2012. The couple lives in Barnes, London, and they have a son, Matteo Oliver, and a daughter, Emilia Giovanna (b. April 2018).
On September 12, 2016, Tucci, along with Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Jesse Eisenberg, appeared in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them," has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities and education.