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Jonathan Tucker

Throughout his impressive career, actor Jonathan Tucker has had the good fortune of working with some of today's most talented filmmakers. This Spring, however, his collaboration with Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Bay, Crash) lead him to the central role in NBC's highly acclaimed drama The Black Donnellys. Tucker starred as Tommy Donnelly, an Irish youth with peacemaking instincts who turns dark due to his brothers' involvement in organized crime in New York City's notorious Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. The series will be followed by another Haggis collaboration, Warner Independent Pictures' Iraqi War drama In the Valley of Elah in which he stars as an AWOL soldier. He is currently on-location in Queensland, Australia filming the lead role in Dreamwork's thriller The Ruins based upon the best-selling novel for director Carter Smith.

Audiences and critics alike first took notice of Tucker when he portrayed Tilda Swinton's sensitive teenage son in Fox Searchlight's critically lauded The Deep End from director's Scott McGehee and David Siegel. The thriller depicted a devout mother who instinctively reacts to cover-up a death in an attempt to avoid her son's implications.

Tucker transitioned the acclaim into a diverse string of roles including director Marcus Nispel's remake of the horror classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre for New Line Cinema, Samuel Goldwyn's Stateside with Val Kilmer, the role as younger sibling to John C. Reilly in the Soderbergh/Clooney-produced con-themed feature Criminal, Miramax's thriller Hostage in which he starred opposite Bruce Willis., and more recently, in Weinstein Co.'s Pulse, a remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Japanese horror classic. Upcoming is Think Films' dark comedy Love Comes to the Executioner co-starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jeremy Renner, as well as the drama Cherry Crush opposite Nikki Reed (Thirteen).

Additional films include Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides in which he portrayed Kirsten Dunst's voyeur teen neighbor and attempted savior, Ball in the House with David Strathairn and Jennifer Tilly, the young Billy Crudup in Barry Levinson's acclaimed Sleepers, and the comedy Two if by Sea with Sandra Bullock.

Likewise, previous forays into television include an arc on David E. Kelley's The Practice, a guest starring role on Law & Order: SVU, CSI, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well as the season premiere of Six Feet Under. He most recently completed a star-turn on the lauded new Showtime series Masters of Horror: Dance of the Dead.

Though a Boston native, Tucker has had the opportunity to travel the world over, including a couple years in Paris as a young boy, thanks to his renowned art historian/professor/curator father, Paul Hayes Tucker, and marketing consultant mother, Maggie Moss-Tucker. By third grade, he was starring in the Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker and continued as a member of the company for five years. He is also a graduate of Ojai's Thacher School.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Jonathan Tucker Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayMay 31, 1982 (35)
SignGemini
BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Jonathan Tucker compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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