EW Staff
March 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

WHAT HE’S DONE Tucker, 24, exudes fiery intensity as Tommy, the second-oldest son on NBC’s The Black Donnellys. He also stars with Susan Sarandon in In the Valley of Elah, the next film from Donnellys co-creator and Crash director Paul Haggis.
HOW HE’S DOING IT The Boston native is close with his parents and sister, so he can relate to Tommy’s struggles. ”It’s amazing to what lengths people go to save their family,” he says.
WHY ROOT FOR HIM? He’s been doing strong work for years, including 2001’s The Deep End, opposite Tilda Swinton.

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