Cathy Moriarty


Cathy Moriarty (born November 29, 1960)[1] is an American actress and singer whose career spans over 40 years. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Raging Bull (1980). She also starred in other films, including Neighbors, White of the Eye, Soapdish, Casper, Analyze That, and The Bounty Hunter. She starred in television roles, such as Tales from the Crypt (in which she won a CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series), Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Cathy Moriarty
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Moriarty (left), prizefighter Jake LaMotta, and his wife Vikki LaMotta, whom Moriarty played in the film Raging Bull, 1980s
Born (1960-11-29) November 29, 1960 (age 61)
Other namesCathy Moriarty-Gentile
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1980–present
Carmine D'Anna
(m. 1981; div. 1992)

Joseph Gentile
(m. 1999)

Early lifeEdit

Moriarty was born in The Bronx, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants Catherine, a homemaker, and John Moriarty, a warehouse worker.[2] When she was 18 years old, her friends urged her to enter a bathing-beauty contest at a bar:

So, I go in there, and my knees are shaking, and I'm breaking out in goose bumps 'cause I'm embarrassed and cold. All these guys are whistling and stuff. Then all of a sudden the emcee announces I won first prize, and I say, "Hey, this is really funny". So this Italian guy comes up and asks if he can take my picture and I say, "Sure, go ahead", 'cause he's gonna take it anyway. And whad'd'ya know, this same guy calls me three weeks later, says his name is Joe Pesci and asks if I'd like to test for a part in this movie about a boxer named Jake LaMotta.[3]


Moriarty made her film debut in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980), as Vikki LaMotta, wife of boxer Jake LaMotta, played by Robert De Niro. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Later, Moriarty played John Belushi's destructive, sultry neighbor in Neighbors, a film adaptation of Thomas Berger's novel of the same name. In 1982, she was severely injured in an automobile accident and required back surgery.[4]

I can only say that nobody likes an overnight success in this town. I went for a lot of interviews, auditions and even cattle calls. I tried for parts and attended meetings, but it seemed I wasn't right for any of the roles I wanted. And the parts I was offered didn't appeal to me. So I paid my dues, studying acting and losing my Yonkers accent. And oh yes, I cried an awful lot.[5]

In 1985, Moriarty agreed to co-star with Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes. However, after one day of shooting its production halted. Although the film was eventually released in 1990, Moriarty was no longer connected with the production.[5] Moriarty returned to acting in 1987. Her first role since Neighbors was in the British thriller film White of the Eye, in which Moriarty played the wife of David Keith's character. Two years later, she appeared in the CBS series Wiseguy episode "Reunion".

Moriarty began the decade with roles in the thriller film Burndown, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Kindergarten Cop and the soap opera parody Soapdish. She also appeared in the musical drama The Mambo Kings and the horror anthology TV series Tales from the Crypt, where Moriarty's performance earned her a Best Actress in a Dramatic Series CableACE Award. Her last performance of the year was a hard-as-nails prostitute in the screwball comedy film, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag. In 1993, Moriarty starred as John Goodman's wisecracking girlfriend and a film goddess in Joe Dante's period comedy Matinee, and had supporting roles in the comedies Another Stakeout (the sequel of 1987's Stakeout) and Me and the Kid. The following year, she guest-starred as half of the husband-wife con team in Universal Television's made-for-TV film Another Midnight Run. The actress' next role was the flirty barfly in Peter Medak's adventure film, Pontiac Moon (1994).

Moriarty played Debra Winger's friend in the romantic comedy Forget Paris (1995), followed by the vindictive Carrigan Crittenden in the live action film Casper. Shortly afterwards she starred with Andrew Dice Clay in the CBS series Bless This House, which was cancelled after 16 episodes during the 1996 season. That year Moriarty also played Hedy Burress's mother in Foxfire, the film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel. The next year, she played the alcoholic mother of a successful boxer in Opposite Corners; the mother of two sons (one a police officer and the other a crack addict) in A Brother's Kiss; a former exotic dancer and Brad Hunt's aunt in Dream with the Fishes; Mary Stuart Masterson and Evan Rachel Wood's seriously-ill, alcoholic mother in Digging to China; Michael Rapaport's aunt in Cop Land and Alyssa Milano's mother in Hugo Pool.

Moriarty voiced characters in the animated TV series Stories from My Childhood episodes "The Golden Rooster" and "The Wild Swans" and the animated series Recess episode "Kids in the Mist". Other appearances included Hilary Duff's witch aunt in the direct-to-video film, Casper Meets Wendy; Randy Quaid's wife in the direct-to-video film, P.U.N.K.S., and Sharon Stone's friend in Gloria (a 1999 remake of the 1980 film written and directed by John Cassavetes). Roles followed in Crazy in Alabama, a film adaptation of Mark Childress's 1993 novel of the same name; New Waterford Girl, a Canadian comedy-drama, and the satirical film But I'm a Cheerleader. Moriarty played an FBI agent in Red Team, an abusive adoptive mother in the family film Prince of Central Park and a woman who fears death in the short film Next Stop, Eternity. Other roles included a widow suspected of killing her husband in an episode of Law & Order, crime boss Patti LoPresti in the Mafia comedy film (and sequel to 1999's Analyze This) Analyze That and a controlling mother in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2010, Moriarty played a bookie who sends two thugs to kill the main characters (Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler) in the romantic-action-comedy film The Bounty Hunter. On July 18, 2010, the Long Island International Film Expo honored the actress with its Long Island Creative Achievement Award.[6] Shortly afterwards, she guest-starred as Annalisa Gentili on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The next year, Moriarty appeared as a nurse in the film 1320. In 2013 she played Armand Assante's wife in Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn and a sarcastic waitress in a black comedy, The Double. She returned to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Lieutenant Toni Howard for two episodes: season 14's "Poisoned Motive" and season 15's "Amaro's One-Eighty".

Moriarty made a cameo appearance as Michael Pitt's bitter, estranged mother in the crime drama Rob the Mob. Recent roles included the co-owner of a house who shares a dark secret in Deborah Twiss's psychological thriller A Cry from Within (Sebastien)[7] and the title character in Ante Novakovic's short film, Tammy, about a mother-son relationship which evolves over the course of a Sunday visit. Moriarty's performance earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Short (medium short) at the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1981, Moriarty married theatrical manager Carmine D'Anna and moved into a home in Malibu, California. On April 2, 1992, it was reported that Moriarty and D'Anna were divorcing and D'Anna sought $1 million under California's community property laws.[9]

On August 28, 1999, Moriarty and financier Joseph Gentile[10] married on Long Island. She gave birth to twins Catherine Patricia and Joseph John on September 11, 2000,[11] and on November 15, 2001, the couple's third child, Annabella Rose, was born.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Raging Bull Vickie LaMotta See awards section
1981 Neighbors Ramona Zeck
1987 White of the Eye Joan White
1990 Kindergarten Cop Jillian
Burndown Patti Smart
1991 Soapdish Montana Moorehead / Nurse Nan
1992 The Mambo Kings Lanna Lake
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Reba Bush
1993 Matinee Ruth Corday / Carole
Another Stakeout Luella "Lu" Delano
Me and the Kid Rose
1994 Pontiac Moon Lorraine
1995 Forget Paris Lois
Casper Catherine "Carrigan" Crittenden
1996 Foxfire Martha Wirtz
1997 Women Without Implants Unknown Short film
Opposite Corners Kathy Donatello
A Brother's Kiss Doreen
Dream with the Fishes Aunt Elise
Digging to China Mrs. Frankovitz
Cop Land Rose Donlan
Hugo Pool Minerva
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Gerty Video
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Mrs. Utley Video
Crazy in Alabama Earlene Bullis
But I'm a Cheerleader Mary Brown
2000 Red Team Stephanie Dobson See awards section
Prince of Central Park Mrs. Ardis
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Ruby Video
2002 Analyze That Patti LoPresti
2010 The Bounty Hunter Irene
2013 Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn Sarah Baldano [13]
The Double Kiki [14]
2014 The Story of Milo & Annie Lynda [15]
A Cry from Within Alice [16]
Tammy Tammy Short film
2017 Patti Cake$ Nana [17]
2021 Last Call Mrs. C. [18]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Wiseguy Denise Episode: "Reunion"
1992 Tales from the Crypt Alison Peters Episode: "Séance"
See awards section
1994 Another Midnight Run Helen Bishop TV film
1995 Bless This House Alice Clayton Main role
1995 'Twas the Night Before Bumpy Destructette (uncredited) TV special
1997–1999 Hey Arnold! Tish Wittenberg (voice) 3 episodes
2000 The Hunger Maris Episode: "Bottle of Smoke"
2001 Law & Order Lorraine Corbin Episode: "For Love or Money"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Denise Eldridge Episode: "Intoxicated"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Annalisa Gentillo 2 episodes
2013–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lieutenant Toni Howard 2 episodes
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Angie Apuzzo Episode: "Pilot"
2018 This Is Us The Super Episode: "Clooney"
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Vivian Oliva 2 episodes
2019 City on a Hill Dottie Ryan 4 episodes
2020 Into the Arms of Danger Mamma TV film

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Award Category Result
1981 Raging Bull NSFC Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award New Star of the Year - Actress Nominated
Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1982 BAFTA Film Award Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles[19] Nominated
1993 Tales from the Crypt CableACE Award Best Actress in a Dramatic Series Won
2001 Red Team DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actress Nominated
2010 Honoree Long Island Creative Achievement Award Long Island International Film Expo Won


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External linksEdit

  • Biography of Cathy Moriarty from Starpulse
  • Cathy Moriarty at IMDb