Marisa Tomei

    December 4, 1964
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent. As a teen, Marisa attended Edward R. Murrow High School and graduated in the class of 1982. She was one year into her college education at Boston University when she dropped out for a co-starring role on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns (1956). Her role on that show paved the way for her entrance into film: in 1984, she debuted with a bit part in The Flamingo Kid (1984). Three years later, Marisa became known for her role as Maggie Lawton, Lisa Bonet's college roommate, on the sitcom A Different World (1987). Her real breakthrough came in 1992, when she co-starred as Joe Pesci's hilariously foul-mouthed, scene-stealing girlfriend in My Cousin Vinny (1992), a performance that won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Later that year, she turned up briefly as a snippy Mabel Normand in director Richard Attenborough's biopic Chaplin (1992), and was soon given her first starring role in Untamed Heart (1993). A subsequent starring role -- and attempted makeover into Audrey Hepburn -- in the romantic comedy Only You (1994) proved only moderately successful. Marisa's other 1994 role as Michael Keaton's hugely pregnant wife in The Paper (1994) was well-received, although the film as a whole was not. Fortunately for Tomei, she was able to rebound the following year with a solid performance as a troubled single mother in Nick Cassavetes' Unhook the Stars (1996) which earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She turned in a similarly strong work in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), and in 1998 did some of her best work in years as the sexually liberated, unhinged cousin of Natasha Lyonne's Vivian Abramowitz in Tamara Jenkins' Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). Marisa co-starred with Mel Gibson in the hugely successful romantic comedy What Women Want (2000) and during the 2002 movie award season, she proved her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar win was no fluke when she received her second nomination in the same category for the critically acclaimed dark drama, In the Bedroom (2001). She also made a guest appearance on the animated TV phenomenon The Simpsons (1989) as Sara Sloane, a movie star who falls in love with Ned Flanders. In 2006, she went on to do 4 episodes for Rescue Me (2004). She played Angie, the ex-wife of Tommy Calvin (Denis Leary)'s brother Johnny (Dean Winters). At age 42, Marisa took a provocative role in legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet's melodramatic picture Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), in which she appeared nude in love scenes with co-stars Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Marisa then took on another provocative role as a stripper in the highly acclaimed film The Wrestler (2008), opposite Mickey Rourke. Her great performance earned her many awards from numerous film societies for Best Supporting Actress, a third Academy Award nomination, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Many critics heralded this performance as a standout in her career.

Untitled Spider-Man 3 May Parker 2021
King of Staten Island 2020
Human Capital Carrie Hagel 2019
Frankie Ilene 2019
Spider-Man: Far from Home May Parker 2019
This Changes Everything Herself 2019
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" Edith Bunker 2019
Avengers: Endgame Aunt May 2019
I Hate Kids Christine Hurley 2019
Laboratory Conditions Emma Holloway 2018
After Everything Dr. Lisa Harden 2018
Dark Was the Night Margaret Lang 2018
The First Purge Dr. May Updale / Architect 2018
Spider-Man: Homecoming May Parker 2017
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Jane Jacobs (voice) 2017
Captain America: Civil War May Parker 2016
The Big Short Cynthia Baum 2015
Love the Coopers Emma Newport 2015
Trainwreck The Dog Owner 2015
Spare Parts Gwen Kolinsky 2015
The Rewrite Holly Carpenter 2014
Loitering with Intent Gigi 2014
Love Is Strange Kate 2014
She Said, She Said Marishka 2013
Parental Guidance Alice Simmons 2012
Inescapable Fatima 2012
Love, Marilyn Herself 2012
The Ides of March Ida Horowicz 2011
Crazy, Stupid, Love. Kate Tafferty 2011
Salvation Boulevard Honey Foster 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer Maggie McPherson 2011
Cyrus Molly Fawcett 2010
The People Speak Herself 2009
Amsterdam Donna 2009
The Wrestler Cassidy 2008
War, Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen 2008
Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made 2008
Grace Is Gone Woman at Pool 2007
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gina Hanson 2007
Wild Hogs Maggie 2007
Danika Danika Merrick 2006
Factotum Laura 2005
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Meredith Morrison 2005
Loverboy Sybil 2005
Alfie Julie 2004
Anger Management Linda 2003
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Bree Blackburn (voice) 2002
The Guru Lexi 2002
Just a Kiss Paula 2002
In the Bedroom Natalie Strout 2001
Jenifer Nina Capelli 2001
Someone Like You... Liz 2001
What Women Want Lola 2000
King of the Jungle Det. Costello 2000
The Watcher Dr. Polly Beilman 2000
Happy Accidents Ruby Weaver 2000
Dirk and Betty Paris 2000
Slums of Beverly Hills Rita Abromowitz 1998
Since You've Been Gone Tori (uncredited) 1998
Only Love Evie 1998
My Own Country Mattie Vines 1998
Welcome to Sarajevo Nina 1997
A Brother's Kiss Missy 1997
Unhook the Stars Monica Warren 1996
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996
Four Rooms Margaret 1995
The Perez Family Dorita Evita Perez 1995
Only You Faith Corvatch 1994
The Paper Martha Hackett 1994
Untamed Heart Caroline 1993
Equinox Rosie Rivers 1992
My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito 1992
Chaplin Mabel Normand 1992
Zandalee Remy 1991
Oscar Lisa Provolone 1991
Parker Kane April Haynes 1990
Supermom's Daughter Noelle Crandall 1987
Playing for Keeps Tracy 1986
The Flamingo Kid Mandy 1984
The Toxic Avenger Health Club Girl 1984
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