Patricia Rae

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Patricia Rae
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Rae at the National Hispanic Media Coalition's 16th Annual Impact Awards Gala

Patricia Rae is an American actress.

Early life and work[edit]

Rae, who is of Colombian ancestry, was born in Manhattan and spent her childhood in Queens.[1] As a child, Rae spoke only Spanish at home, but learned to speak English by watching Sesame Street while she was in kindergarten.[2] Patricia was a very precocious child, quite talkative, and used her humor to deflect bad behavior. Two of her main influences growing up were Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball.[3]

Patricia’s journey into the acting world began in elementary school. While in fourth grade, the drama teacher noticed her and recommended she be in the musical "Oliver Twist". She moved to Florida in her teens where she resumed her scholastic activities, and with the support of the Drama club, was able to find a successful and comfortable niche in acting.[2] Rae earned a series of awards in regional and statewide competitions with her drama troupe. Patricia went on to study at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[2]

Patricia worked for well over two decades, knocking on doors and dedicating herself completely to her craft before seeing any success in her acting career. Patricia lived much of her professional life on the East Coast where she worked in theatre, commercials, sketch comedy, independent film and TV.[4] Her first experience on a film set came with her first professional job securing a co-starring role opposite Don Johnson in the (1984–1990) hit TV series "Miami Vice".[2]

After years spent in New York, Patricia moved her family from New York to Los Angeles in search of that "breakthrough" role, landing that role of a lifetime in Maria Full of Grace. Her performance as Carla, a pregnant Colombian woman living in a tiny apartment in New York with her family, earned Patricia a prestigious Imagen Awards nomination for Best Supporting Role.[4]



Patricia's first two film appearances were in the 2002 movies Swimfan and Nightstalker. Rae landed her first Spanish speaking role in the 2003 movie Maria Full of Grace, which earned her an Imagen Awards nomination for Best Supporting Role.[2] Her next two appearances came in the 2004 movie "Cut Off" & the 2006 movie "Midnight Clear". In 2007 Patricia appeared in two more films, "Driftwood" & "Crazy". In 2008 Patricia appeared in another two films, "Chasing the Green" & P.J., where Patricia was nominated for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Feature', for her role of Shelly, at the July 25–31, 2008 Action on Film International Film Festival.[5] In 2009 she had a small part as Maria in the movie "Dozers". Patricia had a busy 2010, appearing in four films that year: Las Angeles, where she played Linda; American Flyer, where she played the role of Maria; Caged Animal, where she played an attorney; and Silverlake Video: The Movie, where she not only played the provocative role of Vikki, but also produced the film.[3] Beginning in 2011 Patricia has appeared in the following three films: Detachment, where she played Ms. Estrada; Tamale Lesson (Video Short), playing Blanca, and her biggest role to date, in the 2013 movie The Big Wedding, where she plays Madonna Soto, the biological Colombian mother of Alejandro Griffin (Ben Barnes).[6]


Rae has appeared on the small screen in several hit television series including Miami Vice, Chuck, The Mentalist, Third Watch, The Closer, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Life and Heartland.[6] Her first recurring role on TV was on Chuck, playing Bolonia Grimes, Morgan grimes' mother, and girlfriend to Big Mike.[7] She also had recurring roles on The Chicago Code and on New York News, starring Mary Tyler Moore, but the show was canceled before she returned to the show. Rae had a recurring role on the CBS comedy New York News, and made brief cameo appearances in the following television shows; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Alias, Malcolm in the Middle and Zeke and Lutherand, where she played a tango instructor with her own school (Ms. Cordova's School of Dance).[8]


Rae's stage credits include the one-woman show 'Under Construction', which was a one-woman show, that Rae wrote, based loosely on her childhood. 'The Making of Patricia Rae', which premiered at the 'Stella Adler Conservatory' in 'New York', 'Zoraida', 'Mickey & Roger', 'Late One Sunday Night', 'Latin Lives', 'Faade', 'Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie', and 'The Seagull'. Patricia is a member of the Elephant Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where she won a BackStage West Garland Award in 2008 for best ensemble performance in "In Arabia we'd all Be Kings" produced at The Elephant Theater.[8]

Personal life[edit]

  • Patricia currently resides in Los Angeles.[9]
  • Patricia has a daughter named Sage, who is studying editing.
  • Patricia is an accredited Power Flow Yoga teacher in Studio City, California.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Swimfan Jake's Nurse
Nightstalker Teenager's Mother
2003 Maria Full of Grace Carla First Spanish Speaking Role
2004 Cut Off Val
2006 Midnight Clear Samantha
2007 Driftwood Carla Alvarez
Crazy Patty
2008 Chasing the Green Mona Beads
P.J. Shelly
2009 Dozers Maria
2010 Las Angeles Linda
American Flyer Maria
Silverlake Video: The Movie Vikki
Caged Animal Lawyer
2011 Detachment Ms. Estrada
Tamale Lesson Blanca
2013 The Big Wedding Madonna Soto
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Miami Vice Sally Episode: "Florence Italy"
1995 New York News Ghetto Mom Episode: "Good-Bye Gator"
1997 Law & Order Claudia Episode: "Harvest"
1999 Third Watch Mother Episode: "Hell Is What You Make of It"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sonia Paredes Episode: "Baby Killer"
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Tia Episode: "Jones"
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Ranch Hand's Wife Episode: "Academic Octathalon"
2003 Alias Young Girl's Mother Episode: "Reunion"
2007 Heartland Emily Diaz-Turner Episode: "The Places You'll Go"
2008 The Closer Mrs. Guzman Episode: "Sudden Death"
2008 Life Stella Horta Episode: "Everything... All the Time"
2009 Chuck Bolonia Grimes Episodes: "Chuck Versus the Ring", "Chuck Versus the Predator", "Chuck Versus the Suburbs"
2010 Zeke and Luther Miss Cordova Episode: "Crouching Zeke, Dancing Luther"
2011 The Chicago Code Gloria Betz Episode: "Hog Butcher"
2011 The Mentalist Esther Episode: "Bloodhounds"
2012 Blue Bloods Mrs. Ortiz Episode: "Parenthood"


  1. ^ Martinez, Kiko (August 27, 2008). "Patricia Rae Considers Career a Blessing". Highbeam. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "BlakeRadio Network". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  3. ^ a b "The Actress Obsession Channel, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS PATRICIA RAE". Archived from the original on 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  4. ^ a b "Chicago Tribune report". 2004-07-16. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  5. ^ "Action On Film International Film Festival". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  6. ^ a b "Hollywood :: Patricia Rae Joins Cast of Movie Comedy "The Big Wedding". LatinoLA. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  7. ^ Variety - Patricia Rae to guest star on 'Chuck'
  8. ^ a b "Patricia Rae". Filmbug. 2004-09-19. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  9. ^ a b "Topically Yours - Latin actress Patricia Rae 08/16 by Rainbow Soul". Blog Talk Radio. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2012-02-18.

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