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 ...

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Furman
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Ryan Phillippe  •  William H. Macy

A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Furman
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Ryan Phillippe  •  William H. Macy

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Omar Epps  •  Jane Krakowski

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Omar Epps  •  Jane Krakowski

Anger Management (2003)

After a small misunderstanding aboard an airplane escalates out of control, timid businessman Dave Buznik is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell. But when Buddy steps up his aggressive treatment by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Luis Guzmán

After a small misunderstanding aboard an airplane escalates out of control, timid businessman Dave Buznik is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell. But when Buddy steps up his aggressive treatment by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Luis Guzmán

Chaplin (1992)

An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Paul Rhys

An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Paul Rhys

Happy Accidents (2000)

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A comedy that pays tribute to the science fiction genre -- specifically, the sub-genre of time travel. But here the alternate reality is contemporary New York City where past and future experiences of trust, commitment and denial are cleverly put to the test. Just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Nadia Dajani  •  Holland Taylor

A comedy that pays tribute to the science fiction genre -- specifically, the sub-genre of time travel. But here the alternate reality is contemporary New York City where past and future experiences of trust, commitment and denial are cleverly put to the test. Just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Anderson
CAST:  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Nadia Dajani  •  Holland Taylor

In the Bedroom (2001)

Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. His son is involved in a love affair ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Field
CAST:  Tom Wilkinson  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Nick Stahl  •  Marisa Tomei

Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. His son is involved in a love affair ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Field
CAST:  Tom Wilkinson  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Nick Stahl  •  Marisa Tomei

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Funny

Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested, and charged with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a cousin who's a lawyer - Vincent Gambini, a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. When he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Lynn
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Ralph Macchio  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Mitchell Whitfield

Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested, and charged with murder. Fortunately, one of them has a cousin who's a lawyer - Vincent Gambini, a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. When he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Lynn
CAST:  Joe Pesci  •  Ralph Macchio  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Mitchell Whitfield

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamara Jenkins
CAST:  Natasha Lyonne  •  Alan Arkin  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Eli Marienthal

In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamara Jenkins
CAST:  Natasha Lyonne  •  Alan Arkin  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Eli Marienthal

Someone Like You... (2001)

Jane Goodale has everything going for her. She's a producer on a popular daytime talk show, and is in a hot romance with the show's dashing executive producer Ray. But when the relationship goes terribly awry, Jane begins an extensive study of the male animal, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Goldwyn
CAST:  Ashley Judd  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Marisa Tomei

Jane Goodale has everything going for her. She's a producer on a popular daytime talk show, and is in a hot romance with the show's dashing executive producer Ray. But when the relationship goes terribly awry, Jane begins an extensive study of the male animal, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Goldwyn
CAST:  Ashley Judd  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Marisa Tomei

The Flamingo Kid (1984)

Fantastical

Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Willis, thoroughly unhappy with his modest homestead, embraces the other-world aspects of his summer job at the posh Flamingo Club. He spurns his father in favor of the patronage of smooth-talking Phil Brody and is seduced by the ample ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Matt Dillon  •  Héctor Elizondo  •  Molly McCarthy  •  Martha Gehman

Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Willis, thoroughly unhappy with his modest homestead, embraces the other-world aspects of his summer job at the posh Flamingo Club. He spurns his father in favor of the patronage of smooth-talking Phil Brody and is seduced by the ample ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Matt Dillon  •  Héctor Elizondo  •  Molly McCarthy  •  Martha Gehman

The Guru (2002)

Bored with Bollywood movies but fascinated with their Hollywood counterparts from his youth, Ram dreams to become a singer and actor in America, the country where dreams are made. He is encouraged when his American-based close friend, Vijay Rao, comes for visit, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daisy von Scherler Mayer
CAST:  Jimi Mistry  •  Heather Graham  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Michael McKean

Bored with Bollywood movies but fascinated with their Hollywood counterparts from his youth, Ram dreams to become a singer and actor in America, the country where dreams are made. He is encouraged when his American-based close friend, Vijay Rao, comes for visit, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daisy von Scherler Mayer
CAST:  Jimi Mistry  •  Heather Graham  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Michael McKean

The Paper (1994)

Henry Hackett is the workaholic editor of a New York City tabloid. He loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet-man Alicia Clark—Henry's nemesis—impose unpopular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Duvall  •  Glenn Close  •  Marisa Tomei

Henry Hackett is the workaholic editor of a New York City tabloid. He loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchet-man Alicia Clark—Henry's nemesis—impose unpopular ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Robert Duvall  •  Glenn Close  •  Marisa Tomei

The Toxic Avenger (1984)

DarkFunLightheartedCrude

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Kaufman  •  Michael Herz
CAST:  Mitch Cohen  •  Andree Maranda  •  Jennifer Prichard  •  Cindy Manion

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Kaufman  •  Michael Herz
CAST:  Mitch Cohen  •  Andree Maranda  •  Jennifer Prichard  •  Cindy Manion

Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get children out of the country ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Stephen Dillane  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Emira Nušević

Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get children out of the country ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Stephen Dillane  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Emira Nušević

What Women Want (2000)

FunnyEnjoyableFunOriginal

Advertising executive Nick Marshall is as cocky as they come, but what happens to a chauvinistic guy when he can suddenly hear what women are thinking? Nick gets passed over for a promotion, but after an accident enables him to hear women's thoughts, he puts his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Mel Gibson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Lauren Holly

Advertising executive Nick Marshall is as cocky as they come, but what happens to a chauvinistic guy when he can suddenly hear what women are thinking? Nick gets passed over for a promotion, but after an accident enables him to hear women's thoughts, he puts his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Mel Gibson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Lauren Holly

Wild Hogs (2007)

SuspensefulBrainyMind blowingClever

Restless and ready for adventure, four suburban bikers leave the safety of their subdivision and head out on the open road. But complications ensue when they cross paths with an intimidating band of New Mexico bikers known as the Del Fuegos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walt Becker
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  John Travolta  •  Martin Lawrence  •  William H. Macy

Restless and ready for adventure, four suburban bikers leave the safety of their subdivision and head out on the open road. But complications ensue when they cross paths with an intimidating band of New Mexico bikers known as the Del Fuegos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walt Becker
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  John Travolta  •  Martin Lawrence  •  William H. Macy

Four Rooms (1995)

It's Ted the Bellhop's first night on the job...and the hotel's very unusual guests are about to place him in some outrageous predicaments. It seems that this evening's room service is serving up one unbelievable happening after another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Allison Anders  •  Robert Rodriguez  •  Alexandre Rockwell
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Sammi Davis

It's Ted the Bellhop's first night on the job...and the hotel's very unusual guests are about to place him in some outrageous predicaments. It seems that this evening's room service is serving up one unbelievable happening after another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Allison Anders  •  Robert Rodriguez  •  Alexandre Rockwell
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Sammi Davis

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cathy Malkasian  •  Jeff McGrath
CAST:  Lacey Chabert  •  Tom Kane  •  Cree Summer  •  Tim Curry

Eliza and Debbie are two sisters who don't always get along. But their relationship is put to the test when Debbie's life is in danger, and Eliza might have to give up her power to talk to animals....  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cathy Malkasian  •  Jeff McGrath
CAST:  Lacey Chabert  •  Tom Kane  •  Cree Summer  •  Tim Curry

Factotum (2005)

This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bent Hamer
CAST:  Matt Dillon  •  Lili Taylor  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Fisher Stevens

This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bent Hamer
CAST:  Matt Dillon  •  Lili Taylor  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Fisher Stevens

Zandalee (1991)

Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Erika Anderson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Marisa Tomei

Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes enmeshed in a sensual, passionate and destructive affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pillsbury
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Erika Anderson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Marisa Tomei
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