Image of Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

1964-12-04 Brooklyn, New York, USA

Image of Marisa Tomei


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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After Everything Dr. Lisa Harden 2018-10-12
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Jane Jacobs (voice) 2017-04-21
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Captain America: Civil War May Parker 2016-04-27
Spare Parts Gwen Kolinsky 2015-01-16
Trainwreck Dog Owner 2015-07-17
Love the Coopers Emma Newport 2015-11-12
The Big Short Cynthia Baum 2015-12-11
Love Is Strange Kate 2014-02-07
Loitering with Intent Gigi 2014-04-18
The Rewrite Holly Carpenter 2014-06-15
She Said, She Said Marishka 2013-03-08
Love, Marilyn Herself 2013-05-30
Parental Guidance Alice Simmons 2012-12-25
Inescapable Fatima 2012-09-14
The Ides of March Ida Horowicz 2011-09-24
Salvation Boulevard Honey Foster 2011-07-15
The Lincoln Lawyer Maggie McPherson 2011-03-17
Crazy, Stupid, Love. Kate Tafferty 2011-07-29
Cyrus Molly Fawcett 2010-06-18
The People Speak Self 2009-12-13
Amsterdam Donna 2009-05-10
We Are One With President-Elect Barack Obama Self 2009-01-18
War, Inc. Natalie Hegalhuzen 2008-04-28
Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made 2008-04-15
The Wrestler Cassidy 2008-09-07
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Gina Hanson 2007-09-26
Wild Hogs Maggie 2007-03-02
Grace Is Gone Woman at Pool 2007-12-07
Danika Danika Merrick 2006-06-10
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Meredith Morrison 2005-01-24
Loverboy Sybil 2005-01-24
Factotum Laura 2005-04-25
Alfie Julie 2004-10-22
Anger Management Linda 2003-04-11
The Wild Thornberrys Movie Bree Blackburn (voice) 2002-12-20
Just a Kiss Paula 2002-06-15
The Guru Lexi 2002-08-21
In the Bedroom Natalie Strout 2001-11-23
Someone Like You... Liz 2001-03-30
Jenifer Nina Capelli 2001-10-21
Dirk and Betty Paris 2000-01-01
Happy Accidents Ruby Weaver 2000-01-25
The Watcher Dr. Polly Beilman 2000-09-08
What Women Want Lola 2000-12-15
King of the Jungle Det. Costello 2000-10-12
Slums of Beverly Hills Rita Abromowitz 1998-08-14
Since You've Been Gone Tori (uncredited) 1998-06-06
Only Love Evie 1998-05-10
My Own Country Mattie Vines 1998-01-01
A Brother's Kiss Missy 1997-04-25
Welcome to Sarajevo Nina 1997-05-09
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996-01-01
Unhook the Stars Monica Warren 1996-09-04
Four Rooms Margaret 1995-12-09
The Perez Family Dorita Evita Perez 1995-05-12
Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! Self (archive footage) 1994-05-18
The Paper Martha Hackett 1994-03-18
Only You Faith Corvatch 1994-09-17
Untamed Heart Caroline 1993-02-12
Equinox Rosie Rivers 1992-09-18
My Cousin Vinny Mona Lisa Vito 1992-03-13
Chaplin Mabel Normand 1992-12-17
Oscar Lisa Provolone 1991-04-26
Zandalee Remy 1991-05-09
Parker Kane April Haynes 1990-08-05
Supermom's Daughter Noelle Crandall 1987-02-18
Playing for Keeps Tracy 1986-10-03
The Flamingo Kid Mandy 1984-12-21
The Toxic Avenger Health Club Girl (uncredited) 1984-05-01
Delia's Gone Delia
Within the Ring Herself/'Marissa'