In a new interview, Stanley Tucci shared that he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a successful treatment three years ago.
The actor told Vera that doctors discovered a large tumor at the base of his tongue.
“It was too big to operate on, so they had to do high-dose radiation and chemo. I had promised I would never do such a thing because my first wife died of cancer and seeing her undergo these treatments for years was awful,” he said, referring to Kate Spath-Tucci, who died in 2009.
“The kids were amazing, but it was hard for them,” he said.
“I had a feeding tube for six months. I could barely reach the twins’ high school diploma.”
Tucci is the father of five: he has three children from his marriage to Spath-Tucci and two younger children with Felicity Blunt, his wife since 2012.
Tucci said his cancer is unlikely to return.
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“[Cancer] makes you more scared and less scared at the same time. I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to move on and get things done, ”Tucci said.
“Get things done” he has – Tucci continues to appear regularly on the big and small screen.
He starred in Harry Macqueen’s Supernova, released earlier this year in which he played Tusker, a man struggling with early dementia alongside his partner Sam (played by Colin Firth).
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He also expresses the evil heir Bitsy Brandenham in Apple TV Plus animated musical comedy Central Park.
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