Lou Taylor Pucci
Lou Taylor Pucci WonderCon 2013.jpg
Pucci at WonderCon, Anaheim, promoting Evil Dead on March 30, 2013
Born (1985-07-27) July 27, 1985 (age 36)
Seaside Heights, New Jersey, United States
Years active2002–present

Lou Taylor Pucci (born July 27, 1985) is an American actor who first appeared on film in Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity: Three Portraits in 2002. Pucci had his breakthrough leading role in Thumbsucker (2005), for which he won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival. Pucci then starred in The Chumscrubber (2005), Fast Food Nation (2006), The Go-Getter (2007), Explicit Ills (2008), and Carriers (2009). Pucci had starring roles in the 2013 Evil Dead remake, as well as The Story of Luke (2013) and Spring (2014).

Early life and education

Pucci was born in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.[1] His mother, Linda Farver, is a former model and beauty queen (Miss Union County), and his father, Louis Pucci, worked as a guitarist for the bands The Watch and Leap of Faith. He has two brothers.[2] At the age of two, he moved to Keansburg, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey.


He first acted at the age of ten in a hometown production of Oliver!. Two years later he acted as an understudy on Broadway playing Freidrich in The Sound of Music.[3] He can be seen in Arie Posin's The Chumscrubber, the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, and starring as the lead in Mike Mills' film Thumbsucker,[4] for which he received the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. He also played "St. Jimmy" in Green Day's "Jesus of Suburbia" music video.

In 2009, Pucci had three films that screened at the Sundance Film Festival: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, directed by John Krasinski; The Informers, with Billy Bob Thornton, Winona Ryder, Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, based on Bret Easton Ellis' collection of short stories of the same name; and The Answer Man (formerly Arlen Faber and The Dream of the Romans) with Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham. Pucci was also a juror for the short film competition.

Pucci had roles in multiple indie films for the latter part of the decade, and had a leading role playing an autistic man in The Story of Luke (2013), alongside Seth Green. He also had a starring role in the Evil Dead (2013) remake, based on Sam Raimi's 1981 original[5] and played one of the leading roles in the thriller Spring.[6] In November 2014, Pucci starred as Teddy Courtney in a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-Chicago P.D. crossover.[7]

He also portrayed Ben in the horror film Ava's Possessions. In 2016, he starred alongside Michael Shannon in the western thriller Poor Boy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016.[8]

In 2018, Pucci guest-starred in the first 3 episodes of Lifetime's thriller series You as Benji.[9] In 2019 he guest-starred as Nock Nock in the FX comedy series You're the Worst, then went on to play a recurring role in American Horror Story: 1984.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Kevin Grand Jury Prize, Sundance
2005 Thumbsucker Justin Cobb Best Actor: Sundance and Berlin
2005 The Chumscrubber Lee
2005 Fifty Pills Darren
2006 Fast Food Nation Gerald 'Paco'
2006 Southland Tales Martin Kefauver
2007 The Go-Getter Mercer
2008 Explicit Ills Jacob
2008 The Informers Tim
2009 The Answer Man Kris Lucas
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Evan
2009 Fanboys Boba Fett #1
2009 Horsemen Alex Breslin
2009 Fault Line
2009 Carriers Danny
2010 Brotherhood Kevin
2010 Beginners Magician
2011 The Music Never Stopped Gabriel Sawyer
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Kid Called Kelly
2012 All Together Now Ron
2012 Jack and Diane Tom
2012 The Story of Luke Luke Best actor at Irvine International Film Festival[10]
2013 Evil Dead Eric
2014 Spring Evan
2015 Ava's Possessions Ben
2016 Poor Boy Romeo Griggs
2018 A.X.L. Randall


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Empire Falls John Voss Television mini-series
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Joey Frost Episode: "Cruise to Nowhere"
2012 Girls Eric Episode: "The Return"
2014 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Teddy Courtney Episode: "Chicago Crossover"
2014 Chicago P.D. Teddy Courtney Episode: "They'll Have to Go Through Me"
2016 Falling Water Andy Recurring role; 3 episodes
2018 You Benji Ashby Recurring role; 3 episodes
2019 You're the Worst Nock Nock Recurring role; 3 episodes
2019 Younger Travis Jason Episode: "Merger, She Wrote"
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Jonas Shevoore Recurring role; 5 episodes
2021 Physical Tyler 3 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role
2005 "Jesus of Suburbia" Green Day St. Jimmy/Jesus of Suburbia


  1. ^ O'Sullivan, Eleanor (January 22, 2006). "Coming Tuesday on DVD". Asbury Park Press. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013 – via ProQuest Archiver. Lou Taylor Pucci of Seaside Heights stars in Thumbsucker, a dark comedy arriving on the home viewing market this week.
  2. ^ Slotek, Jim (2 October 2005). "'Thumbsucker' star's status on the rise". Jam! Showbiz. Canoe Inc. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Lou Taylor Pucci". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  4. ^ Squires, John (March 27, 2015). "Get Ready for Spring with a New Batch of Clips". Dread Central. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  5. ^ Miska, Brad (27 March 2015). "Several Clips From 'Spring', a Lovecraftian Love Story". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (13 February 2015). "Horror Will 'Spring' to Life In this Lovecraftian Love Story". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  7. ^ Easton, Anne (13 November 2014). "'Law & Order: SVU' Recap 16×7: 'Chicago Crossover'". Observer.com. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  8. ^ Umstead, Ben (April 15, 2016). "Tribeca 2016 Poster Exclusive: POOR BOY, Starring Lou Taylor Pucci And Michael Shannon". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Highfill, Samantha (September 9, 2018). "YOU showrunner Sera Gamble breaks down the premiere's shocking ending". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "IRVINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 WINNERS". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2013.