Stanley Tucci reveals he battled cancer three years ago

Stanley Tucci revealed in a new interview that he quietly battled cancer three years ago.

In a new interview with Virgin Atlantic’s inflight magazine Vera, the Oscar nominated actor said doctors found a tumor at the base of his tongue that was too big to operate on so they had to do high-dose radiation and chemo to remove it.

“[Cancer] makes you more afraid and less afraid at the same time. I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done,” he said.

After losing his first wife, Kate Tucci, to breast cancer in 2009, “The Devil Wears Prada” star hoped he would never have to go through the kind of treatments she endured.

Stanley Tucci and Kate Tucci
Tucci lost his wife Kate to breast cancer in 2009.
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“I’d vowed I’d never do anything like that, because my first wife died of cancer, and to watch her go through those treatments for years was horrible.”

Luckily, Tucci, 60, said the cancer is unlikely to return, but it was still a hard time for his children. He shared twins Nicolo and Isabel and daughter Camilla with Kate and has two younger children, Matteo and Emilia, with current wife Felicity Blunt.

“The kids were great, but it was hard for them,” he said. “I had a feeding tube for six months. I could barely make it to the twins’ high school graduation.”

In January 2021, Tucci opened up about losing his first wife, saying, “you never stop grieving.”

Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt
Tucci wed Felicity Blunt in 2012.
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“It’s still hard after 11 years,” he said on “CBS This Morning.” “It’s still hard. And it will always be hard. But you can’t let it… and she would never want any of us to ever wallow in that grief and let it take over our lives. She would never want that. She wasn’t like that.”

Tucci wed Blunt, 40, in 2012.

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