Lou Taylor Pucci
Birth Date:
July 27, 1985
Birth Place:
Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
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“I got lucky to do this movie, way, way lucky. If I would have gotten a movie that the script wasn’t as good, I still would have done it because I hadn't done anything before. So this is something that really just luckily fell into my pocket and it was kind of awesome.” Lou Taylor Pucci on “Thumbsucker”

An award winning American actor who began his career in community theaters when he was 10 years old, Lou Taylor Pucci gained recognition for his starring portrayal of Justin Cobb, a teenager struggling with his addiction of sucking his thumb, in Mike Mills' “Thumbsucker” (2005). His good performance earned the actor the Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin's Silver Bear Award. “Thumbsucker” was Pucci's second big screen outing after the well-received “Personal Velocity: Three Portraits” (2002). He has since added to his resume roles in such movies as “The Chumscrubber” (2005), “50 Pills” (2006), “Fast Food Nation” (2006), “Southland Tales” (2006), “The Go-Getter” (2007), “The Informers” (2008), “Horsemen” (2009), “The Answer Man” (2009), “Carriers” (2009) and “Brotherhood” (2010.” His upcoming projects include “The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy,” “All Together Now” and The Music Never Stopped.”


Childhood and Family:

Lou Taylor Pucci was born on July 27, 1985, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. His father, Lou Pucci, is a guitarist who formerly played with the bands Leap Of Faith and The Watch, and his mother, Linda Pucci, is a former model and was once crowned Miss Union Country. He has two brothers, Adam and Zak, and a younger sister named Penelope.

In 2003, Lou graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey. While a senior in high school, he took home a trophy for his Halloween costume, which was of movie legend Charles Chaplin. Lou actively participated in his school's theater, Pegasus Productions, where he performed in such productions as “Godspell,” Cole Porter's “Anything Goes” and “A Christmas Carol.”

The Go-Getter


Lou Taylor Pucci had no real curiosity in acting as a child until his aunt bribed him to audition for a community theater production of “Oliver” when he was 10. He landed a part in the cast and was subsequently bitten by the acting bug. He went on to appear in several musicals, including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” in which he played Benjamin, and by age 12 had debuted on Broadway in a production of “The Sound of Music.” He appeared in the hit play alongside Richard Chamberlain and Rebecca Luker.

Pucci's first film role arrived three years later when he was cast as Kevin in a small independent movie by Rebecca Miller titled “Personal Velocity: Three Portraits,” which starred Kyra Sedgewick, Fairuza Balk and Parker Posey. Filmed in 2000, the drama was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2002, from which it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Toronto Film Festival in September that same year. After the appearance, Pucci received an agent, Billy Lazarus of United Talent Agency (UTA), and a manager, Bob Glennon.

In 2005, Pucci landed his first starring role in “Thumbsucker,” the movie directorial debut of music video director Mike Mills. The movie was nominated for Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Delivering a good performance as a teenager who tries to break free from his addiction of sucking his thumb, the young actor won the hearts of critics and audience alike and picked up a Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Costars of the movie included Tilda Swinton, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Also that year, Pucci was featured with Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Jamie Bell and Camilla Belle in the independent drama “The Chumscrubber,” which was directed by Arie Posin, supported Helen Hunt, Ed Harris, Paul Newman and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Golden Globe Award winning HBO miniseries “Empire Falls,” scripted by Richard Russo from his Pulitzer winning novel and directed by Fred Schepisi. He also starred in Green Day music video “Jesus of Suburbia.”

Pucci returned to leading roles in 2006 when he was cast as Darren, an undergraduate student who loses his college scholarship and sells ecstasy to pay his tuition, in the comedy “50 Pills.” He followed it up in a bit part in Richard Linklater's “Fast Food Nation” (2006), based on the Eric Schlosser bestselling book, played the supporting role of Martin Kefauver in “Southland Tales” (2006), starring Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore and Justin Timberlake, and guest starred in the “Law & Order: CI” episode “Cruise to Nowhere” (2006).

In 2007, Pucci starred with Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone in “The Go-Getter,” a dramatic comedy by Martin Hynes. In 2008, he was seen in “Explicit Ills,” “Fanboys” and “The Informers.” Pucci began 2009 starring with Dennis Quaid in the dramatic movie “Horsemen,” portraying Kris Lucas in “The Answer Man” and acting in the comedy “Brief Interview with Hideous Men” (all 2009). He next appeared in “Fault Line” (2009), starred in the horror movie “Carriers,” as Kris Lucas in “The Answer Man” and in the comedy “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” His more recent and upcoming film projects include starring as Kevin in director Will Canon’s “Brotherhood” (2010), with Eric Balfour in “The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy,” portraying Ron in “All Together Now” and working with Julie Ormond in “The Music Never Stops.”


  • Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize-Dramatic, “Thumbsucker,” 2005

  • Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Berlin Bear, Best Actor, “Thumbsucker,” 2005

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