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Rachel Ticotin

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Years active  1978–present
Children  Greta Caruso
Height  1.70 m
Role  Film actress
Name  Rachel Ticotin

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Born  November 1, 1958 (age 57) (1958-11-01) The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
Spouse  Peter Strauss (m. 1998), David Caruso (m. 1984–1987)
Siblings  Nancy Ticotin, Sahaj Ticotin, David Ticotin, Marcus Ticotin
Movies  Total Recall, Man on Fire, Con Air, The Sisterhood of the Tra, Falling Down
Similar People  Peter Strauss, David Caruso, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone

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: Los Angeles as Lt. Arleen Gonzales.


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Early life

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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. Her sister, Nancy Ticotin, is also an actress. She 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. Her parents enrolled her in the Ballet Hispanico of New York, where she took ballet lessons.


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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.

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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).

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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 popular ABC series Lost as Captain Teresa Cortez, mother of Michelle Rodriguez's character Ana Lucia Cortez.

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

Personal life

In 1983, Ticotin married David Caruso, with whom she had a daughter, Greta, born June 1, 1984. In 1987, she divorced Caruso and has been married to Peter Strauss since 1998.

Awards and nominations

ALMA Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, “Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series” – First Time Felon
  • 1998: Nominated, “Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film” – Con Air
  • Saturn Award

  • 1991: Nominated, “Best Supporting Actress” – Total Recall
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award

  • 1998: Nominated, “Favorite Supporting Actress in an Action/Adventure Film” – Con Air
  • References

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