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Probably best known for his role as attorney Stuart Markowitz in the long-running NBC-TV hit drama “L.A. Law,” Michael Tucker currently hosts the PaxNet series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
Tucker began his lifelong love affair with performing at age 14 when he first appeared on stage in a community theater production of “Peter Pan” in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he appeared in various roles in regional theatre productions, which eventually lead to Broadway.
Following his Broadway debut in “Moonchildren” with his wife, Jill Eikenberry, Tucker proceeded to build an extensive list of stage credits, among them “Waiting for Godot,” “Modigliani,” “The Rivals,” “I’m not Rappaport,” and “Trelawney of the Wells” with Meryl Streep and John Lithgow. He also took on principal roles in Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park series. In 1991, he and Eikenberry again appeared onstage together in the New York and Los Angeles productions of “Love Letters.”
His film credits include “For Love or Money,” Woody Allen’s “Radio Days” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” Barry Levinson’s “Diner” and “Tin Men,” Paul Mazursky’s “An Unmarried Woman,” “Mighty Ducks II,” and “Till There Was You.”
In addition to his eight-year, three-time Emmy nominated performance on “L.A. Law,” Tucker’s numerous TV credits include the miniseries “Concealed Enemies” and the movies “Maximum Liability,” “Day One” and “Too Young to Die.” He was also seen co-starring opposite Tracey Ullman in the highly acclaimed HBO series “Tracey Takes On…”
Together with Eikenberry (the couple is affectionately known as “The Tuckerberries”), Tucker has guest starred on “Hill Street Blues” and in the TV movies “A Family Again,” “Assault and Matrimony,” “A Town Torn Apart” and “Archie’s Wife.”
In his spare time, Tucker enjoys writing. His autobiographical book, “I Never Forget a Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence” captures his passions for living, loving, acting and food.
Happily married for 27 years, Tucker and his wife live in Brentwood, California. They have a daughter, Allison, and a son, Max.
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