Cathy Moriarty

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Cathy Moriarty
Born (1960-11-29) November 29, 1960 (age 55)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Cathy Moriarty-Gentile
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Religion Catholic
Spouse(s) Carmine D'Anna (1981–1992)
Joseph Gentile (1999–present)
Children 3

Cathy Moriarty (born November 29, 1960) is an American actress. She spend her acting career for over thirty years. Her role as Jake LaMotta's wife Vikki in Raging Bull (1980), earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Moriarty's film credits include Neighbors, White of the Eye, Soapdish, Casper, Analyze That and The Bounty Hunter. Appearances on television include 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 she was 18 years old, her friends urged her to enter a bathing-beauty contest at a bar:

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 Pesci and asks if I'd like to test for a part in this movie about a boxer named Jake La Motta.[2]



Moriarty played Vikki LaMotta, girlfriend of Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) in her film debut Raging Bull, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Later, she played Ramona, the destructive, sultry neighbor in Neighbors, a film adaptation of Thomas Berger's novel. In 1982, she was severely injured in an automobile accident and required 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 agreed to co-star with Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes. However, after one day of shooting its production halted. Although the film was eventually released in 1990, Moriarty was no longer connected with the production.[5] Moriarty returned to acting in 1987. Her first role since Neighbors was in the British thriller film White of the Eye, in which Moriarty played the wife of David Keith's character. Two years later, she appeared in the CBS series Wiseguy episode "Reunion".


Moriarty began the decade with roles in the thriller film Burndown, Arnold Schwarznegger's Kindergarten Cop and the soap opera parody Soapdish. She also appeared in the musical drama The Mambo Kings and the horror anthology TV series Tales from the Crypt, where Moriarty's performance earned her a Best Actress in a Dramatic Series CableACE Award. Her last performance of the year was a hard-as-nails prostitute in the screwball comedy film, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag. In 1993, Moriarty starred as John Goodman's wisecracking girlfriend and a film goddess in Joe Dante's period comedy Matinee, and had supporting roles in the comedies Another Stakeout (the sequel of 1987's Stakeout) and Me and the Kid. The following year, she guest-starred as half of the husband-wife con team in Universal Television's made-for-TV film Another Midnight Run. The actress' next role was the flirty barfly in Peter Medak's adventure film, Pontiac Moon (1994). Moriarty played Debra Winger's friend in the romantic comedy Forget Paris (1995), followed by the vindictive Carrigan Crittenden in the live action film Casper. Shortly afterwards, she starred with Andrew Dice Clay in the CBS series Bless This House, which lasted for one season. That year Moriarty also played Hedy Burress's mother in Foxfire, the film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel. In 1997, she played Kathy Donatello in Opposite Corners, Doreen in A Brother's Kiss, Aunt Elise in Dream with the Fishes, Mrs. Frankovitz in Digging to China, Rose Donlan in Cop Land, and Minerva in Hugo Pool.

Moriarty voiced a few characters in the animated series, including Stories from My Childhood and Recess. Other appearances included Geri in Casper Meets Wendy, Mrs. Utley in P.U.N.K.S., and the friend in Gloria (a 1998 remake of the 1980 film). Roles followed in Crazy in Alabama, a film adaptation of Mark Childress's 1993 novel, New Waterford Girl, a Canadian comedy-drama, and the satirical film But I'm a Cheerleader.


Moriarty played an FBI agent in Red Team, an abusive adoptive mother in the family film Prince of Central Park and a woman who fears death in the short film Next Stop, Eternity. Other roles included a widow suspected of killing her husband in an episode of Law & Order, crime boss Patti LoPresti in the Mafia comedy film (and sequel to 1999's Analyze This) Analyze That and a controlling mother in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


In 2010, Moriarty played a bookie who sends two thugs to kill the main characters (Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler) in the romantic-action-comedy film The Bounty Hunter. On July 18, 2010, the Long Island International Film Expo honored the actress with its Long Island Creative Achievement Award.[6] Shortly afterwards, she guest-starred as Annalisa Gentili on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The next year, Moriarty appeared as a nurse in the film 1320. In 2013 she played Armand Assante's wife in Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn and a sarcastic waitress in a black comedy, The Double. She returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Lieutenant Toni Howard for two episodes: season 14's "Poisoned Motive" and season 15's "Amaro's One-Eighty". Moriarty made a cameo appearance as Michael Pitt's bitter, estranged mother in the crime drama Rob the Mob. Recent roles included the co-owner of a house who shares a dark secret in Deborah Twiss's psychological thriller A Cry from Within (Sebastien)[7] and the title character in Ante Novakovic's short film, Tammy, about a mother-son relationship which evolves over the course of a Sunday visit. Moriarty's performance earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Short (medium short) at the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, Moriarty married theatrical manager Carmine D'Anna and moved to Malibu, California. On April 2, 1992, it was reported that Moriarty and D'Anna were divorcing and D'Anna sought $1 million under California's community property laws.[9]

On August 28, 1999, Moriarty and finance Joseph Gentile married on Long Island.[10] She gave birth to twins Catherine Patricia and Joseph John (born September 11, 2000),[11] and Annabella Rose (born November 15, 2001).[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Raging Bull Vickie La Motta
1981 Neighbors Ramona
1987 White of the Eye Joan White
1990 Kindergarten Cop Jillian
1990 Burndown Patti Smart
1991 Soapdish Montana Moorehead / Nurse Nan
1992 The Mambo Kings Lanna Lake
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Reba Bush
1993 Matinee Ruth Corday / Carole
1993 Another Stakeout Lu Delano
1993 Me and the Kid Rose
1994 Pontiac Moon Lorraine
1995 Forget Paris Lois
1995 Casper Carrigan Crittenden
1996 Foxfire Martha Wirtz
1997 Women Without Implants Short
1997 Opposite Corners Kathy Donatello
1997 A Brother's Kiss Doreen
1997 Dream with the Fishes Aunt Elise
1997 Digging to China Mrs. Frankovitz
1997 Cop Land Rose Donlan
1997 Hugo Pool Minerva
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Geri Direct-to-video
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Mrs. Utley Direct-to-video
1999 Crazy in Alabama Earlene Bullis
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Mary Brown
2000 Red Team Stephanie Dobson
2000 Prince of Central Park Mrs. Ardis
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Ruby (voice) Direct-to-video
2002 Analyze That Patti LoPresti
2010 The Bounty Hunter Irene
2013 Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn Sarah Baldano
2013 The Double Kiki
2014 A Cry from Within Alice
2014 Tammy Tammy Short
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Wiseguy Denise Episode: "Reunion"
1992 Tales from the Crypt Alison Peters Episode: "Séance"
1994 Another Midnight Run Helen Bishop Movie
1995 Bless This House Alice Clayton Main role (16 episodes)
2000 The Hunger Maris Episode: "Bottle of Smoke"
2001 Law & Order Lorraine Corbin Episode: "For Love or Money"
2005; 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Denise Eldridge / Lt. Toni Howard 3 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Annalisa Gentillo Episodes: "Love on Ice" and "The Mobster Will See You Now"

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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  2. ^ Mariani, John (March 29, 1981). "The Raging Success of Cathy Moriarty". Rome News Tribune. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  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. ^ "A Cry from Within". Dread Central. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jersey Shore Shorts Festival 2014 Nominations!". Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Divorce or no; there's no stopping celebrity babies". The Spokesman-Review. April 2, 1992. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Cobb Craig, David (08/09/1999). "Engaged". People. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Cobb, David (2000-09-25). "Births". People. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Abel, Olivia (2001-12-17). "Births". People. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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