Cathy Moriarty

Actor, Restaurateur, Receptionist
Overnight success can be either a blessing or a curse as actress Cathy Moriarty could easily attest. While still in her teens, she landed the star-making role of Vicki La Motta, wife of the prizefighting champ in Martin ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1960 in Bronx, New York, USA


Actor (53)

Club Life 2015 (Movie)

Ester (Actor)

Ava's Possessions 2014 (Movie)


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)


Rob The Mob 2014 (Movie)


The Double 2014 (Movie)

Kiki (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn 2013 (Movie)

Sarah Baldano (Actor)

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

Patty LoPresti (Actor)

Red Team 2001 (Movie)


But I'm A Cheerleader 2000 (Movie)

Mary J Brown (Actor)

Little Pieces 2000 (Movie)


New Waterford Girl 2000 (Movie)

Midge Benzoa (Actor)

Prince of Central Park 2000 (Movie)

Mrs Ardis (Actor)

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Earlene (Actor)

Gloria 1999 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 1999 (Movie)

of Ruby (Voice)

Casper Meets Wendy 1998 (Movie)


Digging to China 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Frankovitz (Actor)

Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


A Brother's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Rose Donlan (Actor)

Dream With the Fishes 1997 (Movie)

Aunt Elise (Actor)

P.U.N.K.S 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Utley (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Women Without Implants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Foxfire 1996 (Movie)

Martha Wirtz (Actor)

Twas the Night Before Bumpy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Casper 1995 (Movie)

Carrigan Crittenden (Actor)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

Lois (Actor)

Opposite Corners 1995 (Movie)


The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Another Midnight Run 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Pontiac Moon 1994 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

Lu Delano (Actor)

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

Ruth Corday (Actor)

Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag 1992 (Movie)

Reba (Actor)

The Mambo Kings 1992 (Movie)

Lanna Lake (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Montana Moorehead (Actor)

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Sylvester's Mother (Actor)

Burndown 1989 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

White of the Eye 1988 (Movie)

Joan White (Actor)

Neighbors 1981 (Movie)

Ramona (Actor)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

Vickie LaMotta (Actor)

Another Midnight Run (Movie)

Helen Bishop (Actor)

Bless This House (TV Show)


Hugo Pool (TV Show)


Runaway Daughters (TV Show)


Wild Swans (Movie)

[English version] (Voice)


Overnight success can be either a blessing or a curse as actress Cathy Moriarty could easily attest. While still in her teens, she landed the star-making role of Vicki La Motta, wife of the prizefighting champ in Martin Scorsese's classic "Raging Bull" (1980). The tall, blonde, husky-voiced Bronx native earned a richly deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and seemed poised for a promising career. But a bad marriage and a car accident derailed her career almost immediately. Moriarty followed "Raging Bull" with a fine turn in the black comedy "Neighbors" (1981) but then was off-screen for nearly six years. Her unfortunate comeback vehicle was the dreadful thriller "White of the Eye" (1987) and it was almost four years before she finally had a good role as the ambitiously bitchy daytime actress Montana Morehead in "Soapdish" (1991). While that performance followed by her stellar work as Armand Assante's lover in "The Mambo Kings" (1992) revitalized her career, she was mostly relegated to supporting parts like the hooker Reba in "The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" and John Goodman's actress girlfriend in "Matinee" (both 1992).


Carmine D'Anna

Met c. 1981 Moriarty's former manager

Joseph Gentile

Married Aug. 28, 1999 She began using the name "Cathy Moriarty-Gentile" professionally in 2002

Annabella Gentile

born on November 15, 2001

Catherine Gentile

twin born on September 11, 2000

Joseph Gentile

twin born on September 11, 2000

John Moriarty

first generation Irish immigrant from Kerry

Catherine Moriarty

first generation Irish immigrant from Cork

Tommy Moriarty

born, c. 1964 managed Mulberry Street Cafe for Moriarty

Mary Moriarty

worked at Chasen's in L.A.

Richard Palmer

first met when Moriarty was 15 years old co-owned the Mulberry Street Cafe with Moriarty no longer together subsequently married Raquel Welch


attended high school in Yonkers, New York



Reunited with De Niro in "Analyze That"


Voiced Ruby in the direct-to-video animated feature "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"


Reunited with Keitel in "The Prince of Central Park"


Portrayed Melanie Griffith's sister-in-law in "Crazy in Alabama"


Co-starred as the homophobic director of a camp to rehabilitate gay and lesbian teens in "But I'm a Cheerleader"; premiered at Toronto Film Festival; released theatrically in 2000


Had small role as a madam in "Gloria", starring Gena Rowlands


Played an aunt to the witch Wendy in the direct-to-video "Casper Meets Wendy"


Appeared as Alyssa Milano's mom in "Hugo Pool"; screened at Sundance Film Festival; aired on The Movie Channel


Cast as Harvey Keitel's wife in "Cop Land"


Had small role as the mother of the lead characters in "A Brother's Kiss"


Cast as series regular on CBS sitcom, "Bless This House"


Had villainous role in the hit film "Casper"


Played the missing witness sought by undervcover cops in "Another Stakeout"


Portrayed Armand Assante's lover in "The Mambo Kings"


Delivered deliciously comic turn as the scheming Montana Morehead in the comedy "Soapdish"


TV debut in "The Reunion" episode of CBS' "Wiseguy"


Resumed film career in "White of an Eye"


Was in a car crash which required major back surgery


Last film for six years, "Neighbors"


Film acting debut, played Vicki La Motta in "Raging Bull"; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination


Auditioned for Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro; eventually given screen test for role in "Raging Bull"


Began acting in dinner theaters

Formed production company, Hey Pizza Lady Productions

Raised in Westchester County

Had back surgery to correct lingering complications from the car accident

Briefly returned to New York state to live

Born in the Bronx, New York

Bonus Trivia


Moriarty was originally cast opposite Jack Nicholson in "The Two Jakes" but the role went to Meg Tilly when the film was postponed; her part in Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner" (1991) was cut from the final release.


On her "hiatus" early in her career, Moriarty told Movieline in 1990: "I made mistakes. I let other people influence me and make decisions, sometimes without my knowledge. I can't say I there were parts I was offered and turned down, but there were meetings for parts that I didn't go to, meetings I should have gone to, meetings I was advised against going to. I listened to that advice.,,, So I messed up. I put time into something that didn't work out. Sometimes you gegt caught up living something that's not true. The people around you, the people you're involved with, are not the right people."