Rachel Ticotin

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Rachel Ticotin
Born(1958-11-01) November 1, 1958 (age 56)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Years active1978-present
Spouse(s)David Caruso (1984–1987; divorced)
Peter Strauss (m. 1998)
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Rachel Ticotin
Born(1958-11-01) November 1, 1958 (age 56)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Years active1978-present
Spouse(s)David Caruso (1984–1987; divorced)
Peter Strauss (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 and Con Air. She has appeared in the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Los Angeles as Lt. Arleen Gonzales.

Early life[edit]

Ticotin (pronounced tick-oh-tin) was born in the Bronx, New York, 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 has three brothers, David A. Ticotin, a First Assistant Director who lives in Calabasas, CA with his wife Alexis and their children, Marcus, and Daniel (now known as Sahaj). Her brother, Sahaj, is a musician and the 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 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: Los Angeles as Lt. Arleen Gonzales in place of Wanda De Jesus, who originally portrayed the role. Ticotin reshot the scenes originally by De Jesus.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, Ticotin married David Caruso, with whom she had a daughter, Greta, born June 1, 1984. In 1989, she divorced Caruso and has been married to Peter Strauss since 1998.


1978King of the GypsiesGypsy Dancer
1981Fort Apache, The BronxIsabella
1987Critical ConditionRachel Atwood
1990Total RecallMelina
1991One Good CopGrace
1991F/X2Kim Brandon
1992Where the Day Takes YouOfficer Landers
1993Falling DownSandra
1994Natural Born KillersWanda Bisbing (scenes deleted)
1994Criminal PassionTracy Perry
1994Don Juan DeMarcoDoña Inez
1995Steal Big Steal LittleLaura Martinez
1997TurbulenceRachel Taper
1997Con AirGuard Sally Bishop
1998Gargoyles: Brothers BetrayedCaptain Maria Chavez (voice)Video short
2000CivilityRebecca Russo
2000Can't Be HeavenMaggie
2001Full DisclosureArmiti KhalqVideo
2002Desert SaintsDora
2003Something's Gotta GiveDr. Martinez
2004Man on FireMariana
2005Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsCarmen's Mother
2008Eye, TheThe EyeRosa Martinez
2008Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Carmen's Mom
2008Burning Plain, TheThe Burning PlainAna
1983For Love and HonorCpl. Grace PavlikTV movie
1983-1984For Love and HonorCpl. Grace Pavlik12 episodes
1985Love, MaryRachel MartinTV movie
1985Our Family HonorKaren PellagrinoEpisode "Crimes of Passion: Part 1"
1986Our Family HonorKaren PellagrinoEpisode: "Crimes of Passion: Part 2"
1986RockabyeVictoria GarciaTV movie
1986StingrayElena BallesterosEpisode: "Ancient Eyes"
1986When the Bough BreaksRaquel SantosTV movie
1987-1988OharaAsst. U.S. Atty. Teresa Storm14 episodes
1988Spies, Lies & Naked ThighsSoniaTV movie
1991Prison Stories: Women on the InsideIrisTV movie
1992Keep the ChangeAstridTV movie
1992From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of OneChristine AvilaTV movie
1993Crime & PunishmentDet. Annette ReyEpisode: "Our Denial"
Episode: "Fire with Fire"
1994Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden StoryDianeTV movie
1994Deconstructing SarahElizabeth DavisTV movie
1994Tales from the CryptCharbonnet / LilianEpisode: "Staired in Horror"
1994-1996GargoylesCapt. Maria Chavez (voice)12 episodes
1995Wharf Rat, TheThe Wharf RatDexter IrelandTV movie
1996Gargoyles: The Goliath ChroniclesCapt. Maria Chavez (voice)3 episodes
1997First Time FelonMcBrideTV movie
1999Aftershock: Earthquake in New YorkElizabeth PerezTV movie
2001Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsTheodora 'Teddi' MaddenEpisode: "Mona Lisa"
2002American FamilyVangie Gonzalez6 episodes
2003-2004SkinLaura Roam6 episodes
2005-2006LostCapt. Teresa CortezEpisode: "Collision"
Episode: "Two for the Road"
2007John from CincinnatiWoman in Jail CellEpisode: "His Visit: Day One"
2009WeedsCandelaEpisode: "All About My Mom"
2010-2011Law & Order: LALt. Arleen GonzalezRecurring role
2012UnforgettableSharon VegaEpisode: "Allegiances"
2012NCIS: Los AngelesMonica TenezEpisode: "Dead Body Politic"

Awards and nominations[edit]

ALMA Awards

Saturn Award

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

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