Rachel Ticotin

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Rachel Ticotin
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
Years active1978–present
(m. 1984; div. 1987)

(m. 1998)

Rachel Ticotin Strauss is an American film and television actress. She has appeared in films such as Fort Apache, The Bronx; Total Recall, Falling Down, and Con Air. She has appeared in the NBC legal drama Law & Order: LA as Lt. Arleen Gonzales, and guest starred in the "Warriors" episode of Blue Bloods in 2013 (season 3, episode 15), appearing as "Carmen Castillo".

Early life[edit]

Ticotin (pronounced "tick-oh-tin") was born in the Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Iris Torres, a Puerto Rican educator, and Abe Ticotin, a Russian-Jewish used-car salesman.[1] She also has three brothers, Marcus, Daniel, and David A. Ticotin, a first assistant director who lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife Alexis and their children. Her brother Daniel, now known as Sahaj, is a musician and lead singer for the rock group Ra. Ticotin grew up and received her primary and secondary education in the Bronx. [2] Her parents enrolled her in the Ballet Hispanico of New York, where she took ballet lessons.[citation needed]


In 1978, Ticotin made her film debut as a dancer in the film King of the Gypsies. She also acted in the off-Broadway production of Miguel Piñero's The Sun Always Shines for the Cool. During this period, she received an onscreen credit as a production assistant on Brian De Palma's Dressed to Kill. Her first big break came when, working as a production assistant alongside her brother David in 1981, she was given a significant role as Isabella, Paul Newman's love interest 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 include: Ohara (1987), Women on the Inside (1991), Crime & Punishment (1993), and Disney's Gargoyles (1994).

Ticotin's film work includes: Critical Condition (1987) as Rachel Atwood, Total Recall (1990) as Melina alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, Where the Day Takes You (1992) as Officer Landers, Falling Down (1993) as Detective Sandra Torres, First Time Felon (1997) as Mcbride alongside Omar Epps, and Con Air (1997) alongside Nicolas Cage, in which 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 in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, with Johnny Depp playing the title role.

Ticotin has participated in over 40 films 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 ABC series Lost as Captain Teresa Cortez, mother of Michelle Rodriguez's character Ana Lucia Cortez.

In September 2010, she joined the cast of the NBC legal drama Law & Order: LA as Lt. Arleen Gonzales in place of Wanda De Jesus, who originally played the role. Ticotin reshot the scenes originally performed by De Jesus.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to actor David Caruso from 1984 to 1987, with whom she has a daughter (Greta), born in 1984.[5] Since 1998, she has been married to actor Peter Strauss.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 King of the Gypsies Gypsy Dancer
1981 Fort Apache, The Bronx Isabella
1987 Critical Condition Rachel Atwood
1990 Total Recall Melina
1991 One Good Cop Detective Grace
1991 F/X2 Kim Brandon
1992 Where the Day Takes You Officer Landers
1993 Falling Down Detective Sandra Torres
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 Turbulence Rachel Taper
1997 Con Air Guard Sally Bishop
1998 Gargoyles: Brothers Betrayed Captain Maria Chavez (voice) Video short
1999 Can't Be Heaven Maggie
2000 Civility Rebecca Russo
2001 Full Disclosure Armiti Khalq Video
2001 Warden of Red Rock Maria McVale Video
2002 Desert Saints Dora
2003 Something's Gotta Give Dr. Martinez
2004 Man on Fire Mariana Garcia Guerrero
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Carmen's Mom
2008 The Eye Rosa Martinez
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Carmen's Mom
2008 The Burning Plain Ana
2011 America Esther
2020 Superintelligence Director Tyson
Year Title Role Notes
1983 For Love and Honor Corporal Grace Pavlik TV film
1983–1984 For Love and Honor Corporal Grace Pavlik 12 episodes
1985 Love, Mary Rachel Martin TV film
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 film
1986 Stingray Elena Ballesteros Episode: "Ancient Eyes"
1986 When the Bough Breaks Raquel Santos TV film
1987–1988 Ohara Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Storm 14 episodes
1988 Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs Sonia TV film
1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside Iris TV film
1992 Keep the Change Astrid TV film
1992 From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One Christine Avila TV film
1993 Crime & Punishment Detective Annette Rey 6 episodes
1994 Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story Diane TV film
1994 Deconstructing Sarah Elizabeth Davis TV film
1994 Tales from the Crypt Charbonnet / Lilian Episode: "Staired in Horror"
1994–1996 Gargoyles Captain Maria Chavez (voice) 12 episodes
1995 The Wharf Rat Dexter Ireland TV film
1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Captain Maria Chavez (voice) 3 episodes
1997 First Time Felon McBride TV film
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Elizabeth Perez TV film
2001 The Outer Limits Theodora 'Teddi' Madden Episode: "Mona Lisa"
2002 American Family Vangie Gonzalez 6 episodes
2003–2004 Skin Laura Roam 6 episodes
2005–2006 Lost Captain Teresa Cortez Episode: "Collision"
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 Lieutenant Arleen Gonzalez Main role
2012 Unforgettable Sharon Vega Episode: "Allegiances"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Monica Tenez Episode: "Dead Body Politic"
2013 Blue Bloods Carmen Castillo Episode: "Warrior"
2015 The Curse of the Fuentes Women Esperanza Fuentes TV movie
2016 Secret Summer Ms. Annie Archer TV movie
2017 Homeland Mercedes Episode: "The Return"
2018 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Marie Cerone 3 episodes
2019 The Act Gina 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

ALMA Awards

  • 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

Saturn Award

  • 1991: Nominated, “Best Supporting Actress” – Total Recall

Blockbuster Entertainment Award

  • 1998: Nominated, “Favorite Supporting Actress in an Action/Adventure Film” – Con Air

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Linguistic humor". www.ling.upenn.edu. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  2. ^ "Bronx area - Fordham/Kingsbridge (Bedford: university, living in, floor) - New York City - New York (NY) - Page 10 - City-Data Forum". www.city-data.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Braxton, Greg (2010-09-16). "Rachel Ticotin cast in 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2010-09-16). "Rachel Ticotin Joins 'Law & Order: LA'".
  5. ^ "David Caruso".
  6. ^ "Overview for Rachel Ticotin". www.tcm.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-06.

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