Rachel Ticotin

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Rachel Ticotin
Born (1958-11-01) November 1, 1958 (age 62)
Occupation Actress
Years active1978–present
(m. 1984;div. 1987)

(m. 1998)

Rachel Ticotin (born November 1, 1958) is an American film and television actress. She has appeared in films such as Fort Apache, The Bronx ; Total Recall , Falling Down , and Con Air . She has appeared in the NBC legal drama Law & Order: LA as Lt. Arleen Gonzales, and guest starred in the "Warriors" episode of Blue Bloods in 2013 (season 3, episode 15), appearing as "Carmen Castillo".


Early life

Ticotin (pronounced "tick-oh-tin") was born in the Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Iris Torres, a Puerto Rican educator, and Abe Ticotin, a Russian-Jewish used-car salesman. [1] [2] Her sister, Nancy Ticotin, is also an actress. [3] She also has three brothers, Marcus, Daniel, and David A. Ticotin, a first assistant director who lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife Alexis and their children. Her brother Daniel, now known as Sahaj, is a musician and lead singer for the rock group Ra. Ticotin grew up, and received her primary and secondary education, in the Bronx, which has a large Puerto Rican community. [4] Her parents enrolled her in the Ballet Hispanico of New York, where she took ballet lessons.


In 1978, Ticotin made her film debut as a dancer in the film King of the Gypsies. She also acted in the off-Broadway production of Miguel Piñero's The Sun Always Shines for the Cool. During this period, she received an onscreen credit as a production assistant on Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill . Her first big break came when, working as a production assistant alongside her brother David in 1981, she was given a significant role as Isabella, Paul Newman's love interest in the movie Fort Apache, The Bronx . That same year, she was listed as one of 12 promising new actors in John Willis' Screen World Vol. 33.

In 1983, she landed a regular role on NBC's television drama Love and Honor. Other television series in which she has appeared include: Ohara (1987), Women on the Inside (1991), Crime & Punishment (1993), and Disney's Gargoyles (1994).

Ticotin's film work includes: Critical Condition (1987) as Rachel Atwood, Where the Day Takes You (1992) as Officer Landers, Falling Down (1993) as Detective Sandra Torres, Total Recall (1990) as Melina alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, First Time Felon (1997) as Mcbride alongside Omar Epps, and Con Air (1997) alongside Nicolas Cage, in which she earned an ALMA Award for her role as prison guard Sally Bishop. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Inez, the Mexican mother of Don Juan in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco , with Johnny Depp playing the title role.

Ticotin has participated in over 40 films and television series, appearing in Man on Fire (2004) as Mariana and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005). Ticotin was cast as Vangie Gonzalez Taylor in the second season of PBS's television series American Family alongside Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, Raquel Welch, and Kate del Castillo. Ticotin also appeared on television in season two of the ABC series Lost as Captain Teresa Cortez, mother of Michelle Rodriguez's character Ana Lucia Cortez.

In September 2010, she joined the cast of the NBC legal drama Law & Order: LA as Lt. Arleen Gonzales in place of Wanda De Jesus, who originally played the role. Ticotin reshot the scenes originally performed by De Jesus. [5] [6]


1978 King of the Gypsies Gypsy Dancer
1981 Fort Apache, The Bronx Isabella
1987 Critical Condition Rachel Atwood
1990 Total Recall Melina
1991 One Good Cop Grace
1991 F/X2 Kim Brandon
1992 Where the Day Takes You Officer Landers
1993 Falling Down Detective Sandra Torres
1994 Natural Born Killers Wanda Bisbing (scenes deleted)
1994Criminal PassionTracy Perry
1994 Don Juan DeMarco Doña Inez
1995 Steal Big Steal Little Laura Martinez
1997 Turbulence Rachel Taper
1997 Con Air Guard Sally Bishop
1998Gargoyles: Brothers BetrayedCaptain Maria Chavez (voice)Video short
2000CivilityRebecca Russo
2000 Can't Be Heaven Maggie
2001 Full Disclosure Armiti KhalqVideo
2001Warden of Red RockMaria McValeVideo
2002 Desert Saints Dora
2003 Something's Gotta Give Dr. Martinez
2004 Man on Fire Mariana Garcia Guerrero
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Carmen's Mom
2008 The Eye Rosa Martinez
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Carmen's Mom
2008 The Burning Plain Ana
2011 America Esther
2020 Superintelligence Director Tyson
1983For Love and HonorCpl. Grace PavlikTV film
1983–1984For Love and HonorCpl. Grace Pavlik12 episodes
1985 Love, Mary Rachel MartinTV film
1985 Our Family Honor Karen PellagrinoEpisode "Crimes of Passion: Part 1"
1986 Our Family Honor Karen PellagrinoEpisode: "Crimes of Passion: Part 2"
1986 Rockabye Victoria GarciaTV film
1986 Stingray Elena BallesterosEpisode: "Ancient Eyes"
1986 When the Bough Breaks Raquel SantosTV film
1987–1988 Ohara Asst. U.S. Atty. Teresa Storm14 episodes
1988Spies, Lies & Naked ThighsSoniaTV film
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside IrisTV film
1992 Keep the Change AstridTV film
1992From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of OneChristine AvilaTV film
1993Crime & PunishmentDet. Annette ReyEpisode: "Our Denial"
Episode: "Fire with Fire"
1994 Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story DianeTV film
1994Deconstructing SarahElizabeth DavisTV film
1994 Tales from the Crypt Charbonnet / LilianEpisode: "Staired in Horror"
1994–1996 Gargoyles Capt. Maria Chavez (voice)12 episodes
1995The Wharf RatDexter IrelandTV film
1996Gargoyles: The Goliath ChroniclesCapt. Maria Chavez (voice)3 episodes
1997 First Time Felon McBrideTV film
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Elizabeth PerezTV film
2001 The Outer Limits Theodora 'Teddi' MaddenEpisode: "Mona Lisa"
2002 American Family Vangie Gonzalez6 episodes
2003–2004 Skin Laura Roam6 episodes
2005–2006 Lost Capt. Teresa CortezEpisode: "Collision"
Episode: "Two for the Road"
2007 John from Cincinnati Woman in Jail CellEpisode: "His Visit: Day One"
2009 Weeds CandelaEpisode: "All About My Mom"
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Lt. Arleen Gonzalez Main role
2012 Unforgettable Sharon VegaEpisode: "Allegiances"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Monica TenezEpisode: "Dead Body Politic"
2013 Blue Bloods Carmen CastilloEpisode: "Warrior"
2015The Curse of the Fuentes WomenEsperanza FuentesTV movie
2016Secret SummerMs. Annie ArcherTV movie
2017 Homeland MercedesEpisode: "The Return"
2018 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Marie Cerone3 episodes
2019 The Act Gina4 episodes

Awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

Saturn Award

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

See also

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