Marisa Tomei
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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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Marisa Tomei Movie Credits


Character : Danika Merrick

Happy Accidents

Character : Ruby Weaver

Only You

Character : Faith Corvatch


Just a Kiss

Character : Paula

The Perez Family

Character : Dorita Evita Perez

Only Love

Character : Evie

Supermom's Daughter

Character : Noelle Crandall

The First Purge

Character : Dr. May Updale / Architect


Character : Lisa Provolone


Character : Julie

Untamed Heart

Character : Caroline

Unhook the Stars

Character : Monica Warren

The Lincoln Lawyer

Character : Maggie McPherson

Salvation Boulevard

Character : Honey Foster

Parental Guidance

Character : Alice Simmons

She Said, She Said

Character : Marishka

The Rewrite

Character : Holly Carpenter

Dark Was the Night

Character : Margaret Lang

Laboratory Conditions

Character : Emma Holloway

Human Capital

Character : Carrie Manning

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"

Character : Edith Bunker

The King of Staten Island

Character : Margie Carlin


Character : Blue

My Cousin Vinny

Character : Mona Lisa Vito


Character : Laura

The Watcher

Character : Dr. Polly Beilman

What Women Want

Character : Lola

The Wrestler

Character : Cassidy

The Guru

Character : Lexi

Anger Management

Character : Linda

War, Inc.

Character : Natalie Hegalhuzen

Slums of Beverly Hills

Character : Rita Abromowitz

Welcome to Sarajevo

Character : Nina


Character : Molly Fawcett

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Character : Meredith Morrison


Character : Fatima

Love Is Strange

Character : Kate

Loitering with Intent

Character : Gigi

Parker Kane

Character : April Haynes

In the Bedroom

Character : Natalie Strout

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Character : Gina Hanson

The Paper

Character : Martha Hackett

Someone Like You...

Character : Liz


Character : Rosie Rivers

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Character : May Parker

The People Speak

Character : Self

After Everything

Character : Dr. Lisa Harden


Character : Ilene

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Character : May Parker

Delia's Gone

Character : Delia

Within the Ring

Character : Herself/'Marissa'

Playing for Keeps

Character : Tracy

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Character : Kate Tafferty

My Own Country

Character : Mattie Vines

Spare Parts

Character : Gwen Kolinsky

Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine

Character : Satan

The Ides of March

Character : Ida Horowicz

Wild Hogs

Character : Maggie

King of the Jungle

Character : Det. Costello

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Character : May Parker


Character : Remy

Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made

Character : No character defined


Character : Mabel Normand


Character : Donna

Love the Coopers

Character : Emma Newport

A Brother's Kiss

Character : Missy


Character : Sybil

Dirk and Betty

Character : Paris

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Character : Jane Jacobs (voice)

This Changes Everything

Character : Herself

The Flamingo Kid

Character : Mandy

The Big Short

Character : Cynthia Baum

Grace Is Gone

Character : Woman at Pool

Since You've Been Gone

Character : Tori (uncredited)


Character : Nina Capelli

I Hate Kids

Character : Christine Hurley

Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen

Character : No character defined

Captain America: Civil War

Character : May Parker

The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Character : Bree Blackburn (voice)

Four Rooms

Character : Margaret

Love, Marilyn

Character : Herself

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"

Character : Edith Bunker

The Toxic Avenger

Character : Health Club Girl (uncredited)


Character : Dog Owner

Avengers: Endgame

Character : Aunt May

We Are One With President-Elect Barack Obama

Character : Self

Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!

Character : Self (archive footage)

Marisa Tomei Tv Credits


Character : Herself

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

Character : No character defined

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Character : No character defined

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Character : No character defined

Late Night with David Letterman

Character : No character defined

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Character : No character defined

Leg Work

Character : Donna Ricci

A Different World

Character : Maggie Lauten

The Simpsons

Character : Sara Sloane (voice)

The View

Character : Self

Rescue Me

Character : No character defined

The Oscars

Character : Self

Saturday Night Live

Character : Herself - Host


Character : Mimi Whiteman

The Reichen Show

Character : No character defined


Character : Self

Finding Your Roots

Character : Self