November 1, 1958 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||David Caruso (1984–1987; divorced; 1 daughter)
Peter Strauss (1998–present)
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 
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. Her sister, Nancy Ticotin, is also an actress. Her brother, Sahaj, is a musician and the lead singer for his rock group, Ra. Ticotin grew up in the Bronx, which has a large population of Puerto Ricans, and where she received her primary and secondary education. Ticotin's parents enrolled her in the Ballet Hispanico of New York where she took ballet lessons.
In 1978, Ticotin appeared as a dancer in the film King of the Gypsies, making that her official film debut. She also acted on the Off-Broadway production of Miguel Piñero's The Sun Always Shines for the Cool. (During this period, she also received an onscreen credit as a production assistant on Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill.) Her first big break came in 1981, when she was cast as Isabella opposite Paul Newman 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 in are, Ohara (1987), Women on the Inside (1991), Crime & Punishment (1993), and Gargoyles (1994).
Among the movies in which she has been cast are the following, Critical Condition (1986) 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, (1997) as Mcbride alongside Omar Epps in First Time Felon and Con Air (1997) alongside Nicolas Cage, where 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 DeMarco in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy of the same name, with Johnny Depp playing the title role.
Ticotin has participated in over 40 film 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. She was cast 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.
Personal life 
|1978||King of the Gypsies||Gypsy Dancer|
|1981||Fort Apache, the Bronx||Isabella|
|1987||Critical Condition||Rachel Atwood|
|1991||One Good Cop||Grace|
|1992||Where the Day Takes You||Officer Landers|
|1994||Natural Born Killers||Wanda Bisbing (scenes deleted)|
|1994||Criminal Passion||Tracy Perry|
|1994||Don Juan DeMarco||Doña Inez|
|1995||Steal Big Steal Little||Laura Martinez|
|1997||Con Air||Guard Sally Bishop|
|1998||Gargoyles: Brothers Betrayed||Captain Maria Chavez (voice)||Video short|
|2000||Can't Be Heaven||Maggie|
|2001||Full Disclosure||Armiti Khalq||Video|
|2003||Something's Gotta Give||Dr. Martinez|
|2004||Man on Fire||Mariana|
|2005||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants||Carmen's Mother|
|2008||The Eye||Rosa Martinez|
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Carmen's Mom|
|2008||The Burning Plain||Ana|
|1983||For Love and Honor||Cpl. Grace Pavlik||TV movie|
|1983-1984||For Love and Honor||Cpl. Grace Pavlik||12 episodes|
|1985||Love, Mary||Rachel Martin||TV movie|
|1985||Our Family Honor||Karen Pellagrino||Episode "Crimes of Passion: Part 1"|
|1986||Our Family Honor||Karen Pellagrino||Episode: "Crimes of Passion: Part 2"|
|1986||Rockabye||Victoria Garcia||TV movie|
|1986||Stingray||Elena Ballesteros||Episode: "Ancient Eyes"|
|1986||When the Bough Breaks||Raquel Santos||TV movie|
|1987-1988||Ohara||Asst. U.S. Atty. Teresa Storm||14 episodes|
|1988||Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs||Sonia||TV movie|
|1991||Prison Stories: Women on the Inside||Iris||TV movie|
|1992||Keep the Change||Astrid||TV movie|
|1992||From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One||Christine Avila||TV movie|
|1993||Crime & Punishment||Det. Annette Rey||Episode: "Our Denial"
Episode: "Fire with Fire"
|1994||Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story||Diane||TV movie|
|1994||Deconstructing Sarah||Elizabeth Davis||TV movie|
|1994||Tales from the Crypt||Charbonnet / Lilian||Episode: "Staired in Horror"|
|1994-1996||Gargoyles||Capt. Maria Chavez (voice)||12 episodes|
|1995||The Wharf Rat||Dexter Ireland||TV movie|
|1996||Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles||Capt. Maria Chavez (voice)||3 episodes|
|1997||First Time Felon||McBride||TV movie|
|1999||Aftershock: Earthquake in New York||Elizabeth Perez||TV movie|
|2001||The Outer Limits||Theodora 'Teddi' Madden||Episode: "Mona Lisa"|
|2002||American Family: Journey of Dreams||Vangie Gonzalez||6 episodes|
|2003-2004||Skin||Laura Roam||6 episodes|
|2005||Lost||Capt. Teresa Cortez||Episode: "Collision"|
|2006||Lost||Capt. Teresa Cortez||Episode: "Two for the Road"|
|2007||John from Cincinnati||Woman in Jail Cell||Episode: "His Visit: Day One"|
|2009||Weeds||Candela||Episode: "All About My Mom"|
|2010-2011||Law & Order: LA||Lt. Arleen Gonzalez||Recurring role|
|2012||Unforgettable||Sharon Vega||Episode: "Allegiances"|
|2012||"NCIS: Los Angeles||Monica Tenez||Episode: "Dead Body Politic"|
Awards and nominations 
- 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
- 1991: Nominated, “Best Supporting Actress” – Total Recall
Blockbuster Entertainment Award
- 1998: Nominated, “Favorite Supporting Actress in an Action/Adventure Film” – Con Air
See also 
- Rachel Ticotin at the Internet Movie Database
- Profile of Rachel Ticotin among the cast of American Family at PBS.org