Stanley Tucci recently told the public that he was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, but is currently in successful remission.
In an interview with Vera, Virgin Atlantic’s inflight magazine, the award-winning actor, director, and producer revealed that he had found a tumor at the base of his tongue.
“It was too big to operate, so they had to do high-dose radiation and chemo,” he said. “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.”
Tucci and his first wife, Kate, were married for 14 years before she died from breast cancer in 2009. They had three children together: twins Isabel and Nicolo, 21, and daughter, Camilla, 19.
In 2012, he remarried to Felicity Blunt, sister of actress Emily Blunt, and had two children with her: Matteo, 6, and Emilia, 3.
Tucci went on to tell Vera that his five children struggled with the diagnosis. “The kids were great, but it was hard for them,” the 60-year-old shared. “I had a feeding tube for six months.”
“I could barely make it to the twins’ high school graduation,” he added.
Now, Tucci seems to have successfully recovered from the cancer, saying that he is currently in remission and the illness is “unlikely” to come back.
Though, he still had some realizations from the ordeal. “[Cancer] makes you more afraid and less afraid at the same time,” Tucci said. “I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done.”