Cathy Moriarty

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Cathy Moriarty
Born Cathy Moriarty
The Bronx, New York, US
Nationality American
Other names Cathy Moriarty-Gentile
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Notable work(s) Analyze That, But I'm a Cheerleader. Casper, Raging Bull, Soapdish White of the Eye
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Religion Irish Catholic
Spouse(s) Carmine D'Anna  (m. 1981; div. 1992)
Joseph Gentile (1999–present) 3 children
Children Annabella Rose
Catherine Patricia Gentile
Joseph John Gentile
Parents Catherine Moriarty
John Moriarty

Cathy Moriarty is an American actress with a career that spans over thirty-years. Her role as Jake LaMotta's wife in Raging Bull (1980), directed by Martin Scorsese won her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. From the list of sixty credits; some of her film credits include, Neighbors, Soapdish, Casper, Analyze That, and The Bounty Hunter. Moriarty has also made television appearances: Tales from the Crypt, for which she won a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series; Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Early Life[edit]

Moriarty was born in The Bronx, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants; Catherine, a homemaker, and John Moriarty, a warehouse worker.[1]

When Moriarty was 18 years old, her friends urged her to enter a bathing beauty contest at a bar. She decided to do it for humor:

"So, I go in there, and my knees are shaking, and I'm breaking out in goose bumps 'cause I'm embarrassed and cold. All these guys are whistling and stuff. Then all of a sudden the emcee announces I won first prize, and I say, hey, this is really funny. So this Italian guy comes up and asks if he can take my picture and I say, sure, go ahead, 'cause he's gonna take it anyway. And whad'd'ya know, this same guy calls me three weeks later, says his name is Joe Peschi and asks if I'd like to test for a part in this movie about a boxer named Jake La Motta."[2]

Moriarty landed her debut role of Vikki LaMotta, the Lana Turner-esque girlfriend of Jake La Motta (played by Robert De Niro) in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980). Her performance garnered an her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.


The 1980s[edit]

Immediately following Raging Bull; Moriarty starred as Dan Aykroyd's destructive and sultry neighbor in Neighbors, a film adaptation of Thomas Berger's novel of the same name. In 1982, she was severely injured in an automobile accident that required her to undergo back surgery.[3]

"I can only say that nobody likes an overnight success in this town. I went for a lot of interviews, auditions and even cattle calls. I tried for parts and attended meetings, but it seemed I wasn't right for any of the roles I wanted. And the parts I was offered didn't appeal to me. So I paid my dues, studying acting and losing my Yonkers accent. And oh yes, I cried an awful lot."[4]

In 1985, Moriarty was signed to co-star with Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes. However, after one day of shooting, the picture closed down and would not release until 1990. Although, this time Moriarty was not attached to the film.[5]

It wasn't until 1987, when Moriarty returned to acting; her first role since Neighbors, was in the British thriller film, White of the Eye. In the film, she played the wife to David Keith's character. Two years later she made an appearance in the CBS's TV series Wiseguy - Episode: "Reunion".

The 1990s[edit]

At the start of the new decade, things were getting busy for Moriarty. She started the decade off with the roles in the thriller film, Burndown; the Arnold Schwarznegger-film, Kindergarten Cop; and the soap opera parody film, Soapdish. Moriarty continued to act, with performances in the drama musical, The Mambo Kings, and in the horror anthology TV series, Tales from the Crypt; her performance garnered her a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series. Her last performance for that year was as a hard-as-nails prostitute in the screwball comedy film, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag.

The following year found Moriarty starring opposite John Goodman as his character's wisecracking girlfriend and film goddess, in Joe Dante's period comedy film. She also had a supporting roles in the comedies Another Stakeout, the sequel to the 1987 film, Stakeout, and Me and the Kid. In 1994, Moriarty guest starred as one-half of the husband/wife con-team in Universal Television's made for TV film, Another Midnight Run. Moriarty's next role would be as the flirty barfly in Peter Medak's adventure film, Pontiac Moon (1994).

Moriarty appeared as Debra Winger's character's friend in the Romantic comedy, Forget Paris (1995). Followed was the role of the vindictive Carrigan Crittende in the live action film, Casper. Shorlty after, Moriarty starred opposite Andrew Dice Clay in CBS's short lived TV series, Bless This House. CBS cancelled the series in 1996, it was the series's first season and 16th episode. In 1996, Moriarty played Hedy Burress's character's mother in Foxfire, the film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates's novel. The following year, Moritarty played an alcoholic mother of a boxing star in Opposite Corners; a mother to two sons, one a cop and one a crack addict in A Brother's Kiss; a former exotic dancer and aunt to Brad Hunt's character in Dream with the Fishes; a gravely-ill, alcoholic mother to Evan Rachel Wood's character in Digging to China; Michael Rapaport's character's aunt in Cop Land; and Alyssa Milano's character's mother in Hugo Pool.

The start of a new year found Moriarty providing voices for characters in the animated TV series, Stories from My Childhood -Episodes: "The Golden Rooster" and "The Wild Swans", and another animated TV series, Recess -Episode: "Kids in the Mist". Other performances of this year include, one Hilary Duff's character's witch aunts in the direct-to-video film, Casper Meets Wendy; Randy Quaid's character's wife in the direct-to-video film, P.U.N.K.S.; and Sharon Stone's character's friend in Gloria, the remake of the 1980 film of the same name written and directed by John Cassavetes.

Followed, were roles in Crazy in Alabama, the film adaptation of Mark Childress's 1993 novel of the same name; New Waterford Girl, a Canadian drama-comedy film; and in the satirical film But I'm a Cheerleader.

The 2000s[edit]

The start of a new century found Moriarty appearing as an FBI agent in Red Team; an abusive adoptive mother who adopts children only to collect assisted living in the family movie, Prince of Central Park; and a woman afraid to let go of the material world in the short film, Next Stop, Eternity. Other roles include, a widow suspected of killing her late husband, in Law & Order; crime boss Patti LoPresti in the mafia comedy film, and sequel to the 1999 film Analyze This; and a abusive and controlling mother in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The 2010s[edit]

Moriarty returned to acting with a supporting performance in the romantic action comedy film The Bounty Hunter. She played a bookie who sends out two thugs to kill the film's main characters played by Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. On Sunday, July 18, 2010, Long Island International Film Expo held its annual award ceremony; Moriarty was honored with the "Long Island Creative Achievement Award".[6]

Shortly after, she guest starred as Annalisa Gentili on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2011, she had a minor role as a nurse in the film 1320. In 2013, Moriarty appeared as wife to Armand Assante's character in Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn; and a sarcastic waitress in the black comedy The Double. Moriarty returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, this time as a different character - Lieutenant Toni Howard. Her character appeared on Season 14, Episode 22 - "Poisoned Motive", and Season 15, Episode 11 "Amaro's One-Eighty".

Recently, Moriarty had a bit-part cameo as Michael Pitt's character's bitter and estranged mother in the crime drama film Rob the Mob. Her most recent roles include one of two women who own a house and share a dark secret in Deborah Twiss's Psychological thriller film A Cry from Within (Sebastien); and the title character in Ante Novakovic's short film Tammy, a film about an adult mother and son relationship which takes an evolutionary step over the course over a Sunday visit. Moriarty's performance garnered a nomination for "Best Actress in a Short (medium short)"[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, Moriarty married theatrical manager Carmine D'Anna, and moved into a home in Malibu, California; On April 2, 1992, it was reported that Moriarty and D'Anna divorced, and D'Anna was seeking $1 million under California's Community Property Laws.[8]

On August 28, 1999, Moriarty and Joseph Gentile, a Wall Street Journal financier tied the knot at a ceremony on Long Island, New York.[9] On September 11, 2000 Moriarty and Gentile, welcomed the birth of their first children—twins—Catherine Patricia Gentile was born three minutes before her little brother Joseph John Gentile.[10] On November 15, 2001, Moriarty and Gentile welcomed their third child — Annabella Rose.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Raging Bull Vickie La Motta See awards section
1981 Neighbors Ramona
1987 White of the Eye Joan White
1990 Burndown Patti Smart
1991 Soapdish Montana Moorehead / Nurse Nan
1992 Mambo Kings, TheThe Mambo Kings Lanna Lake
Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, TheThe Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Reba Bush
1993 Matinee Ruth Corday / Carole
Another Stakeout Lu Delano
Me and the Kid Rose
1994 Pontiac Moon Lorraine
1995 Forget Paris Lois
Casper Carrigan Crittenden
1996 Foxfire Martha Wirtz
1997 Women Without Implants Short film
Opposite Corners Kathy Donatello
Brother's Kiss, AA Brother's Kiss Doreen
Dream with the Fishes Aunt Elise
Digging to China Mrs. Frankovitz
Cop Land Rose Donlan
Hugo Pool Minerva
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Geri Video
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Mrs. Utley Video
Crazy in Alabama Earlene Bullis
But I'm a Cheerleader Mary Brown
2000 Red Team Stephanie Dobson See awards section
Prince of Central Park Mrs. Ardis
2002 Analyze That Patti LoPresti
2010 Bounty Hunter, TheThe Bounty Hunter Irene
2013 Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn Sarah Baldano
The Double Kiki
2014 A Cry from Within Alice
Tammy Tammy Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Wiseguy Denise Episode: "Reunion"
1992 Tales from the Crypt Alison Peters Episode: "Séance"
See awards section
1994 Another Midnight Run Helen Bishop TV film
1995 Bless This House Alice Clayton Main role (16 episodes)
2000 Hunger, TheThe Hunger Maris Episode: "Bottle of Smoke"
2001 Law & Order Lorraine Corbin Episode: "For Love or Money"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Denise Eldridge Episode: "Intoxicated"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Annalisa Gentillo Episode(s): "Love on Ice" (2010), "The Mobster Will See You Now" (2010)
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lt. Toni Howard Episode(s): "Poisoned Motive" (2013), "Amaro's One-Eighty" (2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result
1981 Raging Bull NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Raging Bull Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Raging Bull Golden Globe Award New Star of the Year - Actress Nominated
Raging Bull Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1982 Raging Bull BAFTA film award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1993 Tales from the Crypt CableACE Award Best Actress in a Dramatic Series Won
2001 Red Team DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actress Nominated
2010 Honoree Long Island Creative Achievement Award Long Island International Film Expo Won


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  3. ^ Italie, Hillel (June 19, 1991). "'Soapdish' Star Moriarty Dead Ringer for Dunaway". Kentucky New Era. 
  4. ^ "Cathy Moriarty's Lessons In Stardom". Ellensburg Daily Record. August 17, 1988. 
  5. ^ "Cathy Moriarty's Lessons In Stardom". Ellensburg Daily Record. August 17, 1988. 
  6. ^ Collora, Christopher (July 20, 2010). "Awards Ceremony Wraps Up LI International Film Expo". Bellemore Patch. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jersey Shore Shorts Festival 2014 Nominations!". Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Divorce or no; there's no stopping celebrity babies". The Spokesman-Review. April 2, 1992. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Cobb Craig, David (08/09/1999). "Engaged". People. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Cobb, David (2000-09-25). "Births". People. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Abel, Olivia (2001-12-17). "Births". People. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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