Tucker Tooley

Tucker Tooley
Born 1968/69
California, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Occupation CEO Film producer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Tessa Menefee Benson[1] (m. 2012)

Tucker Tooley is a film producer and CEO of Tooley Productions LLC,[2] where he independently produced television shows and feature films including the 2013 summer box-office hit We’re the Millers, which grossed $270 million worldwide.[3] His films have earned more than $1.2 billion at the domestic box office. Tooley is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as well as the Producers Guild of America. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara and, in 2009, was named “Executive of the Year” by the Ischia Global Film Festival.


From 1997 to 2003, Tooley ran production company Newman/Tooley Films with Vincent Newman, producing a slate of independent and studio movies. He founded Tooley Productions in 2003, where he oversees the creative and financial aspects of all film development and production.

In 2007, Tooley joined Relativity as President of Worldwide Production at Relativity Studios where he played an integral role in the acquisition of Overture Films’ marketing and distribution operations, transforming Relativity from a slate financing entity into a full-fledged independent studio.[4]

In 2011, Tooley was promoted to President of the company, and was responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations.[5] Under Tooley’s leadership, the studio earned numerous Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and three of its releases opened number one at the box office. In addition, he was instrumental in the launch of the company’s television division which, in 2015, sold to private equity firms for $125 million.

While at Relativity, Tooley was an early advocate for and executive produced David O. Russell’s The Fighter, which earned seven Oscar nominations and won two. Also, he produced or executive produced Neil Burger’s Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, and the action-thriller Act of Valor which both opened number one at the domestic box office. Other credits include Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried; Nicholas SparksSafe Haven; and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.

In October 2015, Tooley chose to step down from the company, following a 30-day transition period.[6]

Tooley began his film career as a creative executive at Interlight Pictures.

Family and personal life

Tooley was born in California. He is a son of Reva Tooley and Bill Tooley. His father is a real estate professional, and his mother is the founder of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. In September 2012, Tooley married Tessa Menefee Benson in Santa Barbara, California.[7] They have one son.

Tooley's brother James is a director and producer of commercial and nonfiction television, travel shows, documentary television series and reality television. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Editors Guild and has an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Soundman co-producer
Only in New York Producer
1999 The Last Marshall producer
2001 In the Shadows producer
2003 Poolhall Junkies producer
A Man Apart producer
Rip It Off producer
2005 Shadowboxer executive producer
2006 .45 producer
2008 Felon producer
2009 A Perfect Getaway producer
Nine executive producer
Brothers executive producer
2010 The Spy Next Door executive producer
Dear John executive producer
MacGruber executive producer
My Soul to Take executive producer
Skyline executive producer
The Fighter executive producer
2011 Season of the Witch executive producer
Take Me Home Tonight executive producer
Limitless executive producer
Shark Night 3D executive producer
Immortals executive producer
2012 Act of Valor executive producer
Haywire executive producer
Mirror Mirror executive producer
The Courier producer
House at the End of the Street executive producer
2013 Movie 43 executive producer
Safe Haven executive producer
21 & Over executive producer
We're the Millers producer
Paranoia executive producer
The Family executive producer
Out of the Furnace executive producer
2014 3 Days to Kill executive producer
Oculus executive producer
Brick Mansions executive producer
Earth to Echo executive producer
The November Man executive producer
Hector and the Search for Happiness executive producer
The Best of Me executive producer
Beyond the Lights executive producer


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