Marisa Tomei



Place of birth:

Brooklyn, New York, USA:


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.

Film Credits

The King of Staten Island (2020)
as Margie Carlin
Human Capital (2020)
as Carrie Manning
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" (2019)
as Edith Bunker
Frankie (2019)
as Ilene
This Changes Everything (2019)
as Herself
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
as May Parker
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (2019)
as Edith Bunker
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
as Aunt May
I Hate Kids (2019)
as Christine Hurley
Dark Was the Night (2018)
as Margaret Lang
Laboratory Conditions (2018)
as Emma Holloway
After Everything (2018)
as Dr. Lisa Harden
The First Purge (2018)
as Dr. May Updale / Architect
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
as May Parker
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017)
as Jane Jacobs (voice)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
as May Parker
The Big Short (2015)
as Cynthia Baum
Love the Coopers (2015)
as Emma Newport
Trainwreck (2015)
as Dog Owner
Spare Parts (2015)
as Gwen Kolinsky
The Rewrite (2014)
as Holly Carpenter
Loitering with Intent (2014)
as Gigi
Love Is Strange (2014)
as Kate
She Said, She Said (2013)
as Marishka
Parental Guidance (2012)
as Alice Simmons
Inescapable (2012)
as Fatima
Love, Marilyn (2012)
as Herself
The Ides of March (2011)
as Ida Horowicz
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
as Kate Tafferty
Salvation Boulevard (2011)
as Honey Foster
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
as Maggie McPherson
Cyrus (2010)
as Molly Fawcett
The People Speak (2009)
as Herself
Amsterdam (2009)
as Donna
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial (2009)
The Wrestler (2008)
as Cassidy
War, Inc. (2008)
as Natalie Hegalhuzen
Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made (2008)
Grace Is Gone (2007)
as Woman at Pool
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
as Gina Hanson
Wild Hogs (2007)
as Maggie
Danika (2006)
as Danika Merrick
Factotum (2005)
as Laura
Loverboy (2005)
as Sybil
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
as Meredith Morrison
Alfie (2004)
as Julie
Anger Management (2003)
as Linda
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)
as Bree Blackburn (voice)
The Guru (2002)
as Lexi
Just a Kiss (2002)
as Paula
In the Bedroom (2001)
as Natalie Strout
Jenifer (2001)
as Nina Capelli
Someone Like You... (2001)
as Liz
What Women Want (2000)
as Lola
King of the Jungle (2000)
as Det. Costello
The Watcher (2000)
as Dr. Polly Beilman
Happy Accidents (2000)
as Ruby Weaver
Dirk and Betty (2000)
as Paris
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
as Rita Abromowitz
Since You've Been Gone (1998)
as Tori (uncredited)
Only Love (1998)
as Evie
My Own Country (1998)
as Mattie Vines
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
as Nina
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
as Missy
Unhook the Stars (1996)
as Monica Warren
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (1996)
Four Rooms (1995)
as Margaret
The Perez Family (1995)
as Dorita Evita Perez
Only You (1994)
as Faith Corvatch
The Paper (1994)
as Martha Hackett
Untamed Heart (1993)
as Caroline
Equinox (1992)
as Rosie Rivers
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
as Mona Lisa Vito
Chaplin (1992)
as Mabel Normand
Zandalee (1991)
as Remy
Oscar (1991)
as Lisa Provolone
Parker Kane (1990)
as April Haynes
Supermom's Daughter (1987)
as Noelle Crandall
Playing for Keeps (1986)
as Tracy
The Flamingo Kid (1984)
as Mandy
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
as Health Club Girl (uncredited)
Sweet Girl ()