Mercedes Ruehl

Actor, Waitress
Like many who achieve "overnight success," Mercedes Ruehl had spent many years honing her craft on stage and in small roles in film and TV before breaking through in 1988 with two high profile parts. The New York native ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1948 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Life in Pieces 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mysteries of Laura 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Zeyda and the Hitman 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Banner 4th of July 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Chu and Blossom 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 2004, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Missing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spooky House 2002 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

The Amati Girls 2001 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

The Lost Child 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

More Dogs Than Bones 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Elizabeth Avila (Actor)

Out of the Cold 1999 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Roseanna's Grave 1997 (Movie)

Roseanna (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Indictment: the Mcmartin Trial 1995 (Movie)

Deputy District Attorney Lael Rubin (Actor)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Ilene Madigan (Actor)

Lost in Yonkers 1993 (Movie)

Bella (Actor)

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Another You 1991 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Anne Napolitano (Actor)

Crazy People 1990 (Movie)

Dr Elizabeth Baylor (Actor)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Big 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Baskin (Actor)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

Connie Russo (Actor)

84 Charing Cross Road 1987 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

Leader of the Band 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

Laxative Person (Actor)

The Secret of My Success 1987 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

Four Friends 1981 (Movie)

Woman in Taxi (Actor)

The Warriors 1979 (Movie)

Policewoman (Actor)

Bad Apple (TV Show)

Actor

Gia (TV Show)

Actor

Guilt By Association (TV Show)

Actor

Loving Leah (TV Show)

Actor

Mom at Sixteen (TV Show)

Actor

North Shore Fish (TV Show)

Actor

On Hope (TV Show)

Actor

Widows (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Like many who achieve "overnight success," Mercedes Ruehl had spent many years honing her craft on stage and in small roles in film and TV before breaking through in 1988 with two high profile parts. The New York native spent a somewhat peripatetic childhood, moving frequently until her FBI agent father and teacher mother finally settled in Silver Spring, Maryland. After returning to New York to attend college, Ruehl settled in Manhattan and studied acting with Uta Hagen while supporting herself with the usual battery of odd jobs (e.g., waitressing). She landed her first film role (a bit part as a policewoman) in 1979's "The Warriors." Ruehl went on to spend the next two years as a company member of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, acting in such works as "Medea" and "Much Ado About Nothing."

Relationships

Christopher

Son
Gave up for adoption when she was 28 reunited in the late 1990s when he turned 21 godfather of Jake

Jake Xavier Ruehl Geiser

Son
Adopted in 1997 with husband David Geiser

David Geiser

Companion

EDUCATION

studied acting with Uta Hagen, William Hickey and Tad Danielewski

College of New Rochelle

New Rochelle , New York

Milestones

2008

Cast in the world premiere of Edward Albee's "Occupant" at Signature Theatre Company

2006

Guest-starred as Vincent Chase's (Adrian Grenier) mom in an episode of "Entourage" (HBO)

2004

Featured in the Canadian film, "Zeyda and the Hitman"

2002

Starred opposite Bill Pullman in the Broadway production of Edward Albee's play "The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?"

2002

Had lead in Court TV's first made-for-television movie, "Guilt by Association"

2001

Acted onstage opposite Patrick Stewart in a stage production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Guthrie Theatre

2001

Headlined the cast of the independent feature "The Amati Girls"

2001

Starred in the ABC miniseries "Widows"

2000

Cast as the matriarch of an Hispanic family preparing for Thanksgiving in "What's Cooking?"; premiered at Sundance

2000

Delivered a strong turn as an adoptee who discovers her Native American roots in the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production "The Lost Child"

2000

Played a sympathetic psychiatrist in the fact-based "The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All-American Girl" (USA Network)

1999

With Brian Cox, played an unhappily married couple who unwittingly take in a serial killer as a boarder in "The Minus Man"

1998

Portrayed Kathleen Carangi, the mother of the titular model, "Gia" (HBO)

1997

Co-starred in the Showtime adaptation of Israel Horovitz's play "North Shore Fish"

1997

Portrayed the ailing wife of an Italian man who wants to be buried in her family's cemetery plot in the comedy "For Roseanna"

1995

Played recurring role of Kate Costas, the new station boss, on the NBC sitcom "Frasier"

1995

Portrayed a deputy district attorney prosecuting a case of alleged child abuse in the based-on-fact HBO drama "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"

1995

Cast as Serafina opposite Anthony LaPaglia's Mangiacavallo in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo"

1994

Had featured role in "On Hope"; JoBeth Williams' Oscar-nominated short film (aired on Showtime)

1994

Returned to Broadway in revival of the Pulitzer-winning drama "The Shadow Box"

1993

Recreated award-winning stage role in the film version of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"

1991

First starring role on Broadway, "Lost in Yonkers"; won Tony Award

1991

Co-starred with Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams in "The Fisher King"; received Academy Award for performance

1989

Co-starred in the Off-Broadway play "Other People's Money"

1988

Breakthrough screen role as Mafia wife Connie Russo in "Married to the Mob"

1988

Portrayed Josh's mom in the comedy "Big"

1987

Made guest appearance on the CBS sitcom "Kate and Allie"

1986

Broadway debut in "I'm Not Rappaport"

1985

Was a member of the ensemble of Christopher Durang's award-winning stage comedy "The Marriage of Bette and Boo"

1985

Guest starred in an episode of the ABC police drama "Our Family Honor"

1985

Had featured role in "Coming of Age in SoHo" at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theater

1983

Appeared in Off-Off-Broadway revival of "June Moon" in NYC

1980

Joined the company acting in repertory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

1979

Film debut, "The Warriors" as a poicewoman

Worked as waitress while studying acting; performed in workshops and occasional Off-Off-Broadway showcases

Went on year-long tour of high schools and colleges with "Come Blow Your Horn" and "The Miracle Worker"

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