Kate Tucci, Wife of Actor Stanley Tucci Passes Away

By: May. 07, 2009
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Various news services, including TV Guide have reported the sad news that Kate Tucci, the wife of Emmy-winning actor Stanley Tucci, has passed away after battling cancer.

The couple were married for 14 years, they had three children together. Kate Tucci died last week, and a wake was held for her over the weekend. Tucci told The New York Post, "My wife was an extraordinary person who showed us all what great strength is."

Tucci, a star of stage and screen, won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on USA's Monk in 2007 and played Dr. Kevin Moretti on ER's 14th season. He was nominated for a Best Actor Tony for the 2002 revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Tucci has also appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada, Big Night, The Terminal, and Maid in Manhattan. Later this year, he will play husband to Julia Child (Prada co-star Meryl Streep) in Julie and Julia and will appear in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lovely Bones.

Tucci, no stranger to the theater, has appeared in many plays including Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune, Execution of Hope, The Iceman Cometh, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Misanthrope. He has also performed in a number of Off-Broadway plays, at Yale Repertory Theater and SUNY Purchase, where he first studied acting.

In addition to his accomplishments in movies last year, Stanley was also nominated for an Emmy for his guest role as Dr. Moretti on "ER." In 2007, his appearance on "Monk," received critical attention as well as an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

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. At last year's Sundance Film Festival, Stanley premiered the film Blind Date, which after seven years, brought him once again behind the camera, as he has directed and co-wrote, as well as starred in the Van Gogh remake of this film.

Additional directorial credits include 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, and Big Night, Tucci's first effort as co-director, co-screenwriter and actor on the same film, that earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, a recognition of Excellence by the National Board of Review, an Independent Spirit Award, The Critics Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival and honors from the New York Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. Tucci's second project, The Imposters, a film which he wrote, directed, co-produced and starred, was an Official Selection at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and was acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures later that year.

In 2002, Stanley won a Golden Globe Award for his brilliant portrayal of Lt. Colonel Adolf Eichmann in the television film entitled, "Conspiracy." He also received a Golden Globe, as well as an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Walter Winchell, a founder of American gossip, in the HBO original film, "Winchell."

Tucci's work on television includes his appearance as a re-occurring guest star on TNT's "Bull." His other television credits include appearances on "Equal Justice," "Wiseguy," "The Equalizer," "Thirtysomething" and "The Street." Tucci also starred as ‘Richard Cross' in the Steven Bochco drama "Murder One," a performance for which he earned an Emmy Nomination.

All of us here at BroadwayWorld.com are deeply saddened to hear of the news of her passing. Our thoughts are with the entire Tucci family.



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