Who is Jonathan Tucker?

American actor Jonathan Moss Tucker was born in Boston, Massachusetts USA, on 31 May 1982, making Gemini his zodiac sign. He has 61 acting credits, and is perhaps still known best for portraying Jeff in the 2008 adventure horror thriller movie “The Ruins”, which starred Shawn Ashmore and Jena Malone, and was directed by Carter Smith. It follows a group of friends in Mexico who’ve discovered something evil at a remote archaeological dig – the film was nominated for seven awards.

Education and early life

Jonathan was raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts alongside his sister Jennie Taylor Tucker, by their Irish Catholic father Paul Hayes Tucker who taught art at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Jewish mother Maggie Moss who was a marketing and public relations analyst; Jonathan’s uncle John Grim and aunt Mary Evelyn Tucker were founders of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and his paternal great-grandfather was Carlton J. H. Hayes, an American historian, diplomat and academic.

Jonathan studied at The Park School, and from very early age also began honing his acting skills at the Boston Ballet; he was nine when he portrayed Fritz in the school’s production of “The Nutcracker”, and he went on to play him for five years. Jonathan was 12 when he launched his career on TV, making his debut film appearance in the 1994 family western comedy “Troublemakers”, which starred Terence Hill, who also directed it; it follows two brothers who hate each other, and are about to spend Christmas together. Jonathan’s been active in the film industry ever since then.

He studied at The Thacher School, and upon matriculating in 2000 remained focused on acting, rather than pursuing a college degree.

Roles in movies

Jonathan played Todd in the 1996 romantic crime comedy “Two If by Sea”, and the same year saw him play Young Tommy in the evergreen crime drama “Sleepers”, which starred Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro, and was written and directed by Barry Levinson. It follows four boys who’ve been sent to a detention center, where they’re now being sexually abused; the movie won one of its six award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score. The remainder of the decade saw Jonathan appear in the 1998 family musical comedy “Mr. Music”, the 1999 romantic drama “The Virgin Suicides”, and the 2000 romantic comedy “100 Girls”.

In 2003, he starred as Morgan in the horror “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, which also starred Jessica Biel and Andrew Bryaniarski, and was directed by Marcus Nispel. It follows five friends who’ve picked up a traumatized young hitchhiker, and are now running away from a family of psychopathic killers; the movie won four of its 21 award nominations. Some of Jonathan’s following notable performances were in the 2004 romantic musical “Stateside”, the 2005 crime action “Hostage” and the 2009 biographical drama “An Englishman in New York”.

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The year 2014 saw him star as Stanislav ‘Stan’ Stavin in the science fiction “High Moon”, which also starred Constance Wu and was directed by Adam Kane; set in the future, the film follows the discovery of a new life form on the Moon, and was nominated for two awards.

Some of Jonathan’s most recent film roles have been in the 2019 action adventure comedy “Charlie’s Angels”, the 2022 drama “Palm Trees and Power Lines”, and the 2023 action crime horror “God Is a Bullet”.

Roles in TV series

Jonathan’s debut TV series role was playing Tony in the 1997 episode “Frostbit” of the adventure comedy “Early Edition”, which starred Shanesia Davis and Kyle Chandler, and was created by Ian Abrams and Bob Brush. It follows Gary Hobson who can predict the future in a way that he gets tomorrow’s newspaper today; the series aired from 1996 through 2000, and won three of the 12 awards for which it was nominated.

The first half of the 2000s saw Jonathan appear in an episode or two of the crime mystery “The Practice”, the drama “Philly” and the mystery action “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. What marked the decade for him was starring as Tommy Donnelly in all 13 episodes of the 2007 crime drama “The Black Donnellys”, which also starred Olivia Wilde and Tom Guiry, and was created by Bobby Moresco and Paul Haggis. It follows four Irish brothers who’ve become involved in criminal activities in New York City, and the series was nominated for two awards.

Jonathan started off the 2010s by playing supporting characters in the crime mystery “Criminal Minds”, the comedy “Royal Pains” and the crime mystery “Perception”, and from 2014 through 2017, he played one of the lead characters Jay Kulina in the sports drama “Kingdom”, which also starred Kiele Sanchez and Frank Grillo, and was created by Byron Balasco. It follows the life of a former MMA fighter who’s now become a mixed martial arts coach.

Some of Jonathan’s most recent TV series roles have been in 13 episodes of the 2021 mystery science fiction “Debris”, seven episodes of the science fiction mystery “Westworld” and all seven episodes of the  mystery thriller mini-series “Echoes”, both in 2022.

Other credits

Jonathan received special thanks for the 2011 documentary movie “Journey of the Universe”.

He wrote the song “Champagne Problems” for the 2016 episode “Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Nick Jonas” of the comedy show “Saturday Night Live”.

Some of his recent talk-show appearances have been in “Live with Kelly and Mark”, “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show”.

Awards and nominations

Jonathan’s won two of his seven award nominations: a 2003 Dubrovnik International Film Festival Argosy Award and a 2008 Young Hollywood Award for Standout Performance.

Some of his other nominations have been a 2000 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot – Leading Young Actor for “Mr. Music”, a 2005 DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actor (in a DVD Premiere Movie) for “Relative Evil” and a 2015 International Online Cinema Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, for “Justified”.

Love life and relationships

Jonathan avoids speaking about his love life in public, but it’s known that he’s been a married man for more than a decade now.

He and American film producer Tara Ahamed Tucker exchanged vows in a large ceremony on 16 June 2012; she has four producing credits, perhaps known best for having worked as a production assistant on the 2011 action adventure fantasy movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”. Tara’s also known for being the daughter of economic historian Liaquat Ahamed, who’s won a Pulitzer Prize for his work.

On 15 May 2019, Tara gave birth to her and Jonathan’s twins India Moss (girl) and Hayes Taj (boy).

There are no other women whom Jonathan’s been with, that we know about; he’s married to Tara Ahamed Tucker as of July 2023, and they have twin children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Jonathan’s taking good care of his mental health, and practices Transcendental Meditation on a daily basis.

He’s a philanthropist, and the founder of the non-profit organization Pegasus Fund.

Jonathan’s father’s believed to be the world’s foremost authority on Claude Monet.

The producers of the 2001 crime mystery movie “The Deep End” waited for Jonathan to turn 18 to shoot his and Josh Lucas’ sex scene.

More than 260,000 people are following Jonathan on Instagram today, and he’s posted over 400 pictures and videos onto the network; most of Jonathan’s content has been taken during his everyday life.

One of his favorite actors is Daniel Day-Lewis, and some of his favorite movies include “Phantom Thread”, “Gangs of New York” and “The Last of the Mohicans”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Jonathan’s age is 41. He has green eyes and black hair, is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall and weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).

Jonathan’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of July 2023.

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