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Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker

Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker

Award-Winning Actors


Accomplished actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker are perhaps best known for their portrayals of Ann Kelsey and Stuart Markowitz on NBC’s long-running hit series L.A. Law. In addition to appearing in numerous television movies and feature films, Eikenberry has earned four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Tucker has received three Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations, appeared in numerous films, was a regular on the acclaimed HBO series Tracey Takes On…starring Tracey Ullman, and has hosted Chicken Soup for the Soul. Read More >

After attending Barnard College in New York, Eikenberry attended Yale Drama School. She had an extensive theater career on and off Broadway, including roles in “Beggars Opera,” “All Over Town” directed by Dustin Hoffman, “Summer Brave,” Wendy Wasserstein’s “Uncommon Women,” in which she also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in the PBS TV version, Tennessee Williams’ “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” “Watch on the Rhine,” and “Onward Victoria.” For her performance in Lanford Wilson’s “Lemon Sky” and Richard Greenberg’s “Life Under Water” she was recognized with Obie Awards.

Eikenberry made her feature film debut in 1976 in Between the Lanes then starred in Rich Kids with John Lithgow; Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, Hide in Plain Sight, with James Caan; Arthur where she played Dudley Moore’s jilted fiancée, and again opposite John Lithgow in The Manhattan Project. Having tackled theater and film, Eikenberry turned to television, starring first in ABC’s Swansong, then in CBS’ Orphan Train. Recently she completed an independent feature film entitled Manna from Heaven, and has guest-starred on television series’ such as Strong Enough, Judging Amy, and performed on stage in “The Vagina Monologues.”

Tucker made his Broadway debut in “Moonchildren” with Eikenberry, and has appeared in “Waiting for Godot,” “Mother Courage,” “The Rivals,” “Trelawny of the Wells,” with Meryl Streep and John Lithgow, as well as “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Measure for Measure,” and “The Comedy of Errors.” His film credits include Woody Allen’s Radio Days, and Purple Rose of Cairo, Barry Levinson’s Diner and Tin Men, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Checking Out, For Love or Money with Michael J. Fox, Mighty Ducks II, and Till There Was You with Jeanne Tripplehorn. His television credits include Maximum Liability, the Emmy Award-winning mini-series Concealed Enemies, Too Young to Die starring Juliette Lewis and Brad Pitt, and the recent NBC movie Growing Up Brady, among others. Tucker can also be seen in the acclaimed HBO series Tracey Takes On…starring Tracey Ullman and Tracey Takes on New York. Recently Tucker has guest-starred on The Practice and had a recurring role on Family Law.

In 1986, Tucker received the Good Guys Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus in recognition of his efforts on behalf of numerous cases affecting women. Tucker is the author of I Never Forget a Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence, part memoir, part cookbook. In this witty autobiography, he captures his passion of living, loving, learning, acting, and lifelong affair with food.

Eikenberry has co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC entitled Destined to Live, which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. She battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives. Eikenberry and Tucker are dedicated to telling their important story with humor and hope, always stressing breast cancer education, early detection research, and treatment. Destined to Live was honored with a Humanitas Award. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Destined to Live: From Diagnosis to Recovery

A Family’s Approach to Breast Cancer: How To Cope