Marisa Tomei

Actor, Waitress
For some performers, winning an Oscar became both a blessing and a curse. While an Academy Award could lead to bigger and better roles, it could also bring about career stagnation, as the actor tried to live up to ... Read more »
Born: 12/04/1964 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

Love the Coopers 2015 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Spare Parts 2015 (Movie)

Gwen Kolinsky (Actor)

The Rewrite 2015 (Movie)

Holly Carpenter (Actor)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

The Dog Owner (Actor)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Love Is Strange 2014 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Why Now?! 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Loitering With Intent 2013 (Movie)

Gigi (Actor)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inescapable 2012 (Movie)

Fatima (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

Alice Simmons (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Do You Think You Are? 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy, Stupid, Love 2011 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Salvation Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

Honey Foster (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

Ida Horowicz (Actor)

The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 (Movie)

Maggie McPherson (Actor)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cyrus 2010 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wrestler 2008 (Movie)

Cassidy/Pam (Actor)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

Natalie Hegalhuzen (Actor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Grace is Gone 2007 (Movie)

Woman at Pool (Actor)

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Factotum 2006 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

Sybil Stoll (Actor)

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Meredith Morrison (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Danika 2005 (Movie)

Merrick (Actor)

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guru 2003 (Movie)

Lexi (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Just a Kiss 2002 (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

The Jenifer Estess Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Bree Blackburn (Actor)

Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

Ruby Weaver (Actor)

In the Bedroom 2001 (Movie)

Natalie Strout (Actor)

King of the Jungle 2001 (Movie)

Detective Costello (Actor)

Someone Like You 2001 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

The Watcher 2000 (Movie)

Polly (Actor)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Christian Slater: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirk and Betty 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Erich Segal's Only Love 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Since You've Been Gone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

A Brother's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Missy (Actor)

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Unhook the Stars 1996 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perez Family 1995 (Movie)

Dottie Perez (Actor)

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Only You 1994 (Movie)

Faith (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Martha Hackett (Actor)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

Rosie Copa (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Untamed Heart 1993 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Mabel Normand (Actor)

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

Mona Lisa Vito (Actor)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Lisa Provolone (Actor)

Zandalee 1991 (Movie)

Remy (Actor)

A Different World 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leg Work 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Supermom's Daughter 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Playing for Keeps 1986 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

Mandy (Actor)

Empire (Tv Show)

Actor

My Own Country (TV Show)

Actor

Parker Kane (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

For some performers, winning an Oscar became both a blessing and a curse. While an Academy Award could lead to bigger and better roles, it could also bring about career stagnation, as the actor tried to live up to unrealistic expectations. Actress Marisa Tomei was in danger of failing to warrant the hype after seemingly coming out of nowhere to nab Best Supporting Actress for her comical performance in "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). Though she spent the following years in long-forgotten movies like "Only You" (1994) and "Happy Accidents" (2000), Tomei managed to display potential star-making turns in "Unhook the Stars" (1996) and "The Slums of Beverly Hills" (1998), but they failed to propel her career due to slim box office performances. She proved her talent and career longevity, however, with her Oscar-nominated, subtle but complex turns in "In the Bedroom" (2001) and "The Wrestler" (2008), proving her worth to critics who had cruelly deemed her win for "My Cousin Vinny" to be a fluke, vindicating fans and critics who recognized her considerable talents all along.

Relationships

Dana Ashbrook Actor

Companion
Dated from 1997-98

Robert Downey Jr. Actor

Companion
Dated in the early 1990s Co-starred in "Only You" (1994)

Logan Marshall-Green Actor

Companion
Dating as of early 2009; Marshall-Green was 10 years younger than Tomei

Frank Pugliese Teleplay

Companion
No longer together

Terry Stacey Director of Photography

Companion
Stacey shot "Happy Accidents" (2000) in which Tomei co-starred

Adam Tomei Actor

Brother
Born Oct. 24, 1967 Acted together in the Showtime movie "My Own Country" (1998)

Gary Tomei

Father

Patricia Tomei

Mother

Romeo Tomei

Grandfather

Rita Tomei

Grandmother

EDUCATION

Edward R Murrow High School

Brooklyn , New York 1982

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1982 - 1983
Dropped out after one year, when she was cast on CBS daytime soap "As the World Turns"

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in family comedy "Parental Guidance"

2011

Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote, and produced film

2011

Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the crime thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer"

2011

Delivered memorable comic turn opposite Steve Carell in "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

2010

Co-starred with Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly in the comedy "Cyrus"

2009

Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ("The Wrestler")

2008

Played a stripper opposite Mickey Rourke in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"

2008

Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The Wrestler")

2007

Co-starred in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress

2007

Cast opposite John Cusack in the indie drama "Grace is Gone," which premiered at Sundance

2006

Cast in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"

2006

Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in the Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"; premiered at Sundance (lensed 2003)

2006

Appeared on several episodes of "Rescue Me" (FX) as Tommy's (Dennis Leary) sister-in-law turned love interest

2004

Starred opposite Jude Law in "Alfie," a remake of 1966 film starring Michael Caine

2003

Played female lead in comedy "Anger Management"

2003

Cast in the feature "The Guru"

2002

Appeared in ensemble romantic comedy "Just a Kiss"

2001

Cast as Ashley Judd's best friend in "Someone Like You"

2001

Co-starred with Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek in award-winning drama "In the Bedroom"; received second Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

2000

Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and James Spader in "The Watcher"

2000

Played opposite Vincent D'Onofrio in Sundance-screened "Happy Accidents"

2000

Appeared opposite Mel Gibson in romantic comedy "What Women Want"

1999

Appeared in Dario Fo's "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA

1998

Made rare TV acting appearance in the Showtime drama "My Own Country"

1998

Made Broadway debut in revival of "Wait Until Dark," co-starring Quentin Tarantino

1998

Cast as the knowing cousin of a teen coming of age in "Slums of Beverly Hills"

1996

Made appearance as herself on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld"

1996

Earned plaudits for turn as a troubled single mother in "Unhook the Stars"

1995

Starred opposite Anjelica Huston in "The Perez Family"

1994

Played first top-billed role in "Only You," second film with Robert Downey Jr.

1994

Portrayed Michael Keaton's pregnant wife in "The Paper"

1993

First romantic lead in features, "Untamed Heart"

1992

Cast as silent screen star Mabel Normand in "Chaplin," starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role

1992

Landed Academy Award-winning role as Joe Pesci's girlfriend in "My Cousin Vinny"

1991

Returned to features after five years to play Sylvester Stallone's daughter in "Oscar"

1990

TV-movie debut, "Parker Kane" (NBC)

1987

Landed title role in "Supermom's Daughter," an "ABC Afterschool Special"

1987

Played Lisa Bonet's roommate during the first season of NBC's "A Different World"

1985

Made off-Broadway debut in "Daughters"

1984

Feature film debut, "The Flamingo Kid"

1983

Appeared as Marcy Thompson on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"

Grew up in Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY

Bonus Trivia

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In numerous interviews, Tomei indicated that her dream movie role was to star in a musical.

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