A veteran stage, film and television actor, Michael Tucker is perhaps best known for his role as Stuart Markowitz in the hit series, “L.A. Law”. His 8-year stint on the popular NBC-TV drama brought him three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. He reprised his role on LA Law — The Movie, seen on NBC.
In the theater, Michael last appeared in “Enter Laughing” at the York Theatre. His theater credits range from Regional to Broadway. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s famed drama department, he joined the company of the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven for a season, then spent three seasons at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and two seasons at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. He made his Broadway debut with in “Moonchildren” and then went on to build an extensive list of stage credits. among them: “Based on a Totally True Story,” “Modigliani”, “The Rivals”, “Mother Courage”, “Oh What a Lovely War”, “Trelawney of the Wells” with Meryl Streep and John Lithgow, Herb Gardner’s “The Goodbye People” and “I’m Not Rappaport” as well as principal roles in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, “Measure for Measure” and “The Comedy of Errors” for Joe Papp in Central Park. He helped to re-open the Geary Theater in San Francisco where he starred in a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. He has appeared at The Manhattan Theater Club, The Roundabout Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Second Stage, The Phoenix Theater, Lincoln Center, Shakespeare in the Park, as well as on and off-Broadway.
Michael’s film credits include Woody Allen’s “Radio Days” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, Barry Levinson’s “Diner and “Tin Men”, Paul Mazursky’s “An Unmarried Woman”, Lina Wertmuller’s “A Night Full of Rain”, “The Eyes of Laura Mars”, “Network”, “Checking Out”, “For Love or Money” with Michael J. Fox, “Mighty Ducks II”, a Disney hit, and “Till There Was You” with Jean Tripplehorn.
TV credits include, “Maximum Liability”, the Emmy award winning TV mini-series “Concealed Enemies”, the three hour Emmy award winning TV movie “Day One”, “Too Young to Die” with Juliette Lewis and Brad Pitt, the NBC movie “Growing up Brady”, and many others. He appeared as Harry Rosenthal opposite Tracey Ullman both on the original TV Movie, “Tracy Takes on New York” and on her highly acclaimed HBO series, “Tracey Takes On”. Michael guest-starred on “The Practice” and had recurring roles on “Family Law” and “Law and Order”.
With Jill, “The Tuckerberrys” have also appeared together on stage in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”, on TV in “Hill Street Blues” and such TV movies as “A Family Again”, “Gone in a Heartbeat”, “Assault and Matrimony”, “A Town Torn Apart” and “Archie’s Wife”, which also featured their daughter Alison.
Jill and Michael produced a documentary film, “Emile Norman – By his Own Design”, which is appearing at various festivals around the country. It will air again this coming June on PBS stations across the nation.
Michael received the “Good Guys Award” from the National Women’s Political Caucus for his work on women’s health issues. Michael Tucker’s first book “I Never Forget a Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence” is part memoir, part cookbook. His second book, “Living in a Foreign Language” is now available in paperback from Grove/Atlantic. This book chronicles the Tuckerberrys’ experience as homeowners in the Italian countryside.
His third book, “Family Meals” – also published by Grove Atlantic is now available in bookstores and online and his debut novel will be published next spring by The Overlook Press.
Jill Eikenberry has a long list of theater, film and television credits. is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series “LA Law”, which earned Jill four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She reprised her role on “L.A. Law – The Movie” on NBC.
After Barnard College in New York and Yale Drama School in New Haven, Jill began an extensive theater career on and off Broadway, starring in Michael Weller’s “Moonchildren”; “The Beggars Opera;” “All Over Town” directed by Dustin Hoffman; “Save Grand Central” by famed cartoonist, William Hamilton“; Summer Brave” with Alexis Smith; Wendy Wasserstein’s “Uncommon Women and Others, ” in which she also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in the PBS-TV version; Tennessee Williams’ “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” “Watch on the Rhine,” and the Broadway musical, “Onward Victoria”. For her performances in Lanford Wilson’s “Lemon Sky” and Richard Greenberg’s “Life Under Water” she was recognized with an Obie Award. She was seen Off-Broadway in Manhattan Theater Club’s production of “A Picasso” and the York Theatre Company’s staging of “Enter Laughing: The Musical,” Last spring she appeared in “The Kid” at The New Group for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category “Best Featured Actress in a Musical.”
She appeared regionally at Yale Rep, The Arena Stage In Washington, D.C., The Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and The Marin Theater Company. She performed in “The Vagina Monologues” at The Circle in the Square in San Francisco and The Napa Valley Opera House and numerous productions around the country of “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney, with her husband, Michael Tucker.
She made her feature film debut in 1976 in “Between the Lines” opposite John Heard, Jeff Goldblum and Lindsay Crouse. She then appeared in “Rich Kids,” with John Lithgow; “An Unmarried Woman”, “On Hope”, directed by Jobeth Williams; “A Night Full of Rain” directed by Lina Wertmuller; “Butch and Sundance: The Early Days,” MGM’s “Hide in Plain Sight,” opposite James Caan, “Arthur,” in which she played Dudley Moore’s jilted fiance, and again opposite John Lithgow in “The Manhattan Project”. She has appeared in such independent films as “Manna From Heaven,” “Suburban Girl,” and “The Best Day of His Life” which is expected to be released later this year.
On television – in addition to “LA Law”, Jill starred in the PBS series, “The Best of Families” as well as numerous TV Movies: “Swansong,” with David Soul; “Orphan Train”; the CBS mini-series “Kane and Abel”; “Family Sins”; “The Deadliest Season”; “A Stoning in Fulham County”; “My Boyfriend’s Back”; “Cast the First Stone”; “Rugged Gold”; “Dare to Love”; “Sessions”; “Without Consent”; “Family Sins”; the four-hour ABC mini-series “An Inconvenient Woman” with Jason Robards; “Roughing It” with James Garner; “Living a Lie,” with Peter Coyote, “My Very Best Friend” starring opposite Jaclyn Smith, Showtime’s “Chantilly Lace,” and its sequel “Parallel Lives.” She has guest-starred on television series such as “Strong Medicine”, “Tracy Takes On” “Judging Amy”, “Numbers”, “Law and Order” and “Body of Proof”.
Jill has appeared opposite her husband, Michael Tucker on stage in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” and Joseph Stein and Stan Daniels’ “Enter Laughing: The Musical,” and on television in “Hill Street Blues,” “A Family Again,” “Assault and Matrimony,” “A Town Torn Apart”, “Gone in a Heartbeat”, and “Archie’s Wife,” which also featured their daughter, Alison.
Jill co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC entitled “Destined to Live,” which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. Jill battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives. Jill and Michael tell their story with humor and hope. Jill says, “Our experience with breast cancer forced us to face the fact that we are going to die one day. The question became, ‘how do we want to live?’” “Destined to Live” was honored with a Humanitas Award.
Jill and Michael produced a documentary film entitled “Emile Norman – By His Own Design”, about the 90 year old sculptor in Big Sur California, which will air again on PBS this coming June.
Currently Jill is appearing in the film ”Something Borrowed” with Kate Hudson and Jennifer Goodwin and also in the upcoming “Young Adult” starring Charlize Theron. She is now performing in the play, “Be a Good Little Widow, by Bekah Brunstetter at the Ars Nova Theater in NYC. In August, Jill and Michael will reprise their roles in “Enter Laughing – The Musical” at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY.