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: 11/28/1960 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Ava's Possessions 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rob The Mob 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Double 2014 (Movie)

Kiki (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn 2013 (Movie)

Sarah Baldano (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

Patty LoPresti (Actor)

Law & Order 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Team 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

But I'm A Cheerleader 2000 (Movie)

Mary J Brown (Actor)

Little Pieces 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

(Actor)

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)

Voice

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)

Narrator

Women Without Implants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Foxfire 1996 (Movie)

Martha Wirtz (Actor)

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

Voice

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Carrigan Crittenden (Actor)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

Lois (Actor)

Opposite Corners 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Midnight Run 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

Hugo Pool (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Swans (Movie)

[English version] (Voice)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Carmine D'Anna

Husband
Met c. 1981 Moriarty's former manager

Joseph Gentile

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

Annabella Gentile

Daughter
born on November 15, 2001

Catherine Gentile

Daughter
twin born on September 11, 2000

Joseph Gentile

Son
twin born on September 11, 2000

John Moriarty

Father
first generation Irish immigrant from Kerry

Catherine Moriarty

Mother
first generation Irish immigrant from Cork

Tommy Moriarty

Brother
born, c. 1964 managed Mulberry Street Cafe for Moriarty

Mary Moriarty

Sister
worked at Chasen's in L.A.

Richard Palmer

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

EDUCATION

attended high school in Yonkers, New York

Milestones

2002

Reunited with De Niro in "Analyze That"

2000

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

2000

Reunited with Keitel in "The Prince of Central Park"

1999

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

1999

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1997

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

1996

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

1995

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

1995

Had villainous role in the hit film "Casper"

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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

1989

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

1987

Resumed film career in "White of an Eye"

1982

Was in a car crash which required major back surgery

1981

Last film for six years, "Neighbors"

1980

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

1978

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

1977

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

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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.

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"I'm like the friggin' den mother of Beverly Hills. I'm the Old Lady Who Lives in a Beverly Hills Shoe. Parents in New York ship their wanna-be actor kids out to me to give them jobs. ... On Mother's Day, they gave me a cake and flowers. I'm only in my mid-30s and I play Harvey Keitel's girlfriend in "Cop Land", but I'm at that phase in my career now where I also play people's mothers and aunts. I'm cool with that. I love my mother. I love being an aunt. I mean, at 5-feet-10 with this voice, they're never gonna cast me as a virgin or a ballerina." --Cathy Moriarty to Daily News, June 15, 1997.

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On working steadily: "What can I say? I'm like the queen of doing favors. Some people do it for the money, but I just believe in people, and I go out of my way to make time for my friends. I'm a sucker that way, I guess, and everybody in town knows it. If somebody really wants me to do their movie, hey, I can give them eight or 10 days of my time, you know?" --Moriarty to Gwinnett Loaf, July 26, 1997.

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"I peaked too early. But what do you do? Say, 'No, I won't do this part'? It was hard for a while, but it's okay now." --Moriarty to USA Today, July 6, 1995.

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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."

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