Marisa Tomei received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit comedy, My Cousin Vinny. Best known for rich comic performances, Tomei took a dramatic turn with In the Bedroom, earning her second Academy Award Nomination.
Marisa can currently be seen in Darren Aronofsky's indie drama The Wrestler, for which she has received an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She stars as the female lead opposite Mickey Rourke. The screenplay about an over-the-hill 1980s pro grappler (Rourke) who quits the business after suffering a heart attack and moves in with a stripper (Tomei) to build a relationship with her son was written by Robert Siegel.
Marisa was recently seen in Sidney Lumet's critically praised jewel heist drama, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, alongside Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman. For her role in the film, Marisa earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other recent film credits include the political satire War Inc. with John Cusack, Factotum with Matt Dillon, directed by Bent Hamer; the box office hit Wild Hogs, directed by Walt Becker; and in the film Loverboy directed by Kevin Bacon and Marilyn Hotchkiss (both featured in Sundance 2005).
Tomei's diverse credits include Alfie, Charm School, Anger Management, The Guru, Happy Accidents, What Women Want, Slums of Beverly Hills, Welcome to Sarjevo, The Perez Family, A Brother's Kiss, Danika, and Unhook the Stars opposite Gena Rowlands, for which she was honored by her peers with a Screen Actor's Guild nomination.
On stage, Tomei recently starred on Broadway in Caryl Churchill's now-classic feminist drama Top Girls. She also starred opposite Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest in Oscar Wilde's Salome in the title role. Her previous theater credits include: Will Eno's Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Clifford Odet's Waiting for Lefty and Rocket to the Moon, both directed by Joanne Woodward, among others. Tomei also starred in Noel Coward's Design for Living at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Tomei is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.