Actor Nicholas Tucci of 'You're Next' dead at 38 of undisclosed illness

Nick Tucci.

Nick Tucci, the actor known for his roles in “You’re Next” and “Long Lost,” has died at age 38. 

On Friday, Tucci’s father, Alexander Tucci, posted on Facebook to share the news of his son’s death. 

“This is Alexander Tucci, Nick’s father,” he wrote. “On Tuesday, March 3, Nick died at the Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.”

Wayne R. Scherzer, a representative for Tucci and president of Roth & Associates East, confirmed the actor’s death to USA TODAY in an email. 

Tucci grew up in Middletown, Connecticut, before attending Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater. He was also a member of “Suite 13” a comedy sketch group, according to In addition to his roles in movies, he also appeared in television shows including “Quantico,” “Homeland,” “Pose” and “Daredevil.”

Alexander Tucci wrote that son chose to keep his illness private as he wanted to continue to pursue his profession in acting and his “artistic dreams” for as long as possible. Over the last year of his life he continued to audition, go on location and work, which “he loved so much.”

“To those of you in the film, television, and theater communities … thank you for guiding, encouraging, and supporting Nick,” his father continued. “To those of you who enjoyed Nick’s work on the screen and stage…thank you for recognizing his talent and appreciating his efforts. To all…thank you for your gift of friendship to my son.”

Friends and colleagues of Tucci took to social media to honor him. 

Keith Calder, a movie producer, wrote about his time working with Tucci, on Twitter.

“RIP Nick Tucci,” he wrote. “I was lucky enough to work with Nick on three movies (UNDOCUMENTED, YOU’RE NEXT, and FAULTS) and he was one of my favorite actors to work with. I’m honored to have been able to call him a friend and a colleague.”

Another twitter user, Leland Orser, who is in film and television according to his Twitter bio, addressed Tucci’s passing. 

“Not fair … Too young. Too much,” Orser wrote. “Such a lovely guy and a wonderful actor. Rest in peace young Nick Tucci. Sending love to you and your family and friends. #nicholastucci.”

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