Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

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    • December 4th, 1964
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.

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Acting (66 Credits)

2021Spider-Man: No Way Home as May Parker
2021Sweet Girl
2020The King of Staten Island as Margie Carlin
2020Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine as Satan
2019Human Capital as Carrie Manning
2019Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' as Edith Bunker
2019Spider-Man: Far from Home as May Parker
2019Frankie as Ilene
2019I Hate Kids as Christine Hurley
2019Avengers: Endgame as Aunt May
2018After Everything as Dr. Lisa Harden
2018The First Purge as Dr. May Updale / Architect
2017Spider-Man: Homecoming as May Parker
2016Citizen Jane: Battle for the City as Jane Jacobs (voice)
2016Captain America: Civil War as May Parker
2015Spare Parts as Gwen Kolinsky
2015Love the Coopers as Emma NewportWatch Free
2015The Big Short as Cynthia Baum
2015Trainwreck as Dog Owner
2014The Rewrite as Holly Carpenter
2014Loitering with Intent as GigiWatch Free
2014Love Is Strange as Kate
2012Parental Guidance as Alice Simmons
2012Inescapable as Fatima
2011The Lincoln Lawyer as Maggie McPherson
2011Salvation Boulevard as Honey Foster
2011Crazy, Stupid, Love. as Kate Tafferty
2011The Ides of March as Ida Horowicz
2010Cyrus as Molly Fawcett
2008The Wrestler as Cassidy
2008War, Inc. as Natalie Hegalhuzen
2007Before the Devil Knows You're Dead as Gina Hanson
2007Wild Hogs as Maggie
2007Grace Is Gone as Woman at Pool
2005Danika as Danika MerrickWatch Free
2005Factotum as Laura
2005Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School as Meredith Morrison
2005Loverboy as SybilWatch Free
2004Alfie as Julie
2003Anger Management as Linda
2002Just a Kiss as Paula
2002The Guru as Lexi
2002The Wild Thornberrys as Bree Blackburn (voice)
2001In the Bedroom as Natalie Strout
2001Someone Like You as Liz
2000Happy Accidents as Ruby Weaver
2000What Women Want as Lola
2000The Watcher as Dr. Polly Beilman
2000King of the Jungle as Det. Costello
1998Slums of Beverly Hills as Rita Abromowitz
1998Since You've Been Gone as Tori (uncredited)
1997Welcome to Sarajevo as Nina
1996Unhook the Stars as Monica Warren
1995The Perez Family as Dorita Evita Perez
1995Four Rooms as Margaret
1994Only You as Faith Corvatch
1994The Paper as Martha Hackett
1993Untamed Heart as Caroline
1992My Cousin Vinny as Mona Lisa Vito
1992Equinox as Rosie Rivers
1992Chaplin as Mabel Normand
1991Oscar as Lisa Provolone
1991Zandalee as Remy
1986Playing for Keeps as Tracy
1984The Flamingo Kid as Mandy
1984The Toxic Avenger as Health Club Girl (uncredited)

Herself (2 Credits)

2018This Changes Everything as Herself
2012Love, Marilyn as Herself


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