April 19, 1959 |
Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, United States
Patricia Charbonneau was born in Valley Stream, New York on Long Island, the youngest of 10 children. Her father, a retired businessman, is French; her mother is Austrian. She graduated in 1977 from Valley Stream Central High School, which she attended with fellow actors Steve Buscemi and Steve Hytner, as well as writer Ed Renehan. She later attended Boston University as a theater major, and left after a month to take a position with the Lexington Conservatory Theatre company in the Catskills. The story of the Conservatory Theater is chronicled in the documentary The Loss of Nameless Things.
In addition to work with the Lexington Conservatory Theatre, Charbonneau worked on the New York stage in a production of Revengers...A Tragedea, at Playwrights Horizons. She then became a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she originated the role of Lea in My Sister in this House, a part that she also played Off-Broadway.
In 1985, Charbonneau made her film debut in Donna Deitch's film Desert Hearts at a time when it was still considered a risk to portray a lesbian in a romantic drama - complete with a lengthy love scene. Charbonneau told The Globe and Mail, "Kissing Helen wasn't the hard part, really. The hard part was walking out on the set naked and just standing there." Two days before shooting began, Charbonneau found out that she was pregnant (by her rock musician husband Vincent Caggiano) with her first child, whom she once called her "Desert Hearts baby."
Other notable work
In the following year she appeared in Michael Mann's Manhunter (based on the novel Red Dragon) and then played Anna, the lead, in Call Me (1988), which also featured fellow Valley Streamer Buscemi. The same year, she was featured in the crime drama/action movie Shakedown. Her television work began with a 1986 NBC pilot C.A.T. Squad and continued with dozens of appearances, including HBO's Tales from the Crypt, Crime Story, The Equalizer, Wiseguy, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, New York Undercover, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the 1990 film Robocop 2, she played the role of Linda Garcia. Despite the character's prominence in the movie's plot, her name is never spoken, and the role was not listed in the credits; observant fans were able to determine the character's name by noticing that she wore a name tag. In 1995, she starred in Mission Critical, a Legend Entertainment sci-fi adventure game. She played one of James Garner's daughters in the 1999 CBS made-for-TV film One Special Night, which featured Julie Andrews.
In March 2007, Charbonneau joined the faculty of the Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts in West Taghkanic, New York where she teaches an acting workshop for children and teens.
|1983||MysteryDisc: Many Roads to Murder||Tracey Lowe||Video|
|1985||Desert Hearts||Cay Rivvers|
|1990||Brain Dead||Dana Martin|
|RoboCop 2||Robocop Technician||Uncredited|
|1996||Portraits of a Killer||Carolyn Price|
|1998||Kiss the Sky||Franny|
|1999||The Arrangement||Marion Markel|
|She's All That||Lois Siler|
|1986||C.A.T. Squad||Nikki Blake||TV Movie|
|1986 - 87||Crime Story||Inger Thorson||7 Episodes|
|1987||The Equalizer||Sally Stevens||1 Episode, High Performance|
|Spenser: For Hire||Linda Shannon||1 Episode, Mary Hamilton|
|1988||Disaster at Silo 7||Kathy Fitzgerald||TV Movie|
|1988 - 89||Wiseguy||Carole Sternberg||5 Episodes|
|1989||Unsub||Lucille||1 Episode, Silent Stalker|
|Matlock||Madeline 'Maddy' Medford||1 Episode, The Con Man|
|Desperado: Badlands Justice||Emily Harris||TV Movie|
|1990||Booker||Clara||1 Episode, Who Framed Roger Thornton?|
|Midnight Caller||Dakota Roberts||1 Episode, Three for the Money|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Diana Sterling||1 Episode, From the Horse's Mouth|
|Father Dowling Mysteries||Laurie Kidd||1 Episode, The Malibu Mystery|
|The Owl||Danny Santerre||TV Movie|
|1992||The Commish||Catherine Belzer||1 Episode, Sex, Love and Kerosene|
|Tales from the Crypt||Ellen Renfield||1 Episode, Strung Along|
|1993||Renegade||Janet||1 Episode, Vanished|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||Robin Henley||1 Episode, Storm Warning|
|1994||Viper||Ella Keats||1 Episode, Wheels of Fire|
|1995||Extreme||Sheriff Lynn Roberts||1 Episode, Pilot|
|seaQuest DSV||Elaine Morse||2 Episodes|
|1996||Kindred: The Embraced||Camilla||1 Episode, Bad Moon Rising|
|1997||Profiler||Barbara Chapin||1 Episode, Shattered Silence|
|New York Undercover||Jennifer Lewis||1 Episode, School's Out|
|Diagnosis Murder||Fed. Marshal Monica Shattuck||1 Episode, Deadly Games|
|1998||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Woman Driving||1 Episode, Bright Lights|
|1999||One Special Night||Lori||TV Movie|
|2000||Strange World||1 Episode, Age of Reason|
|2001||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sydney Markham||1 Episode, The Extra Man|
|2002||Law & Order||Janet Naiman||1 Episode, Oxymoron|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Paige Beddles||1 Episode, Streetwise|
|1995||Mission Critical||Lieutenant Commander Tran|
- "Patricia Charbonneau". The New York Times.
- Canby, Vincent (April 4, 1986). "Desert Hearts (1985) FILM: 'DESERT HEARTS,' ABOUT WOMEN IN LOVE". The New York Times.
- Associated Press (July 28, 1986). "Patricia Carbonneau: She swore she'd do it in six years or quit". The Evening News. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Desert Hearts at NY Times