Ticotin, Rachel 1958–

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Ticotin, Rachel 1958–


Surname is pronounced "tick-oh-tin"; born November 1, 1958, in the Bronx, NY; daughter of Abe (a used car salesman) and Iris (an educator; maiden name, Torres) Ticotin; married David Caruso (an actor and producer), 1983 (divorced, 1989); married Peter Strauss (an actor and producer), December 31, 1998; children: (first marriage) Greta. Education: Attended Professional Children's School; attended School of Performing Arts in New York City; studied acting with Hack Waltzer; attended HB Studio in New York City.


Agent—William Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actress. Member of dance company headed by Tina Ramirez; danced with Ballet Hispanico in New York; also worked with choreographers Alvin Ailey, Geoffrey Holder, Donald McKayle, and Anna Sokolow.

Awards, Honors:

Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1991, for Total Recall; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actress, ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actress in a feature film, American Latino Media Arts Awards, 1998, both for Con Air; ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actress in a made-for-television movie or miniseries, 1998, for First Time Felon.


Film Appearances:

Gypsy dancer, King of the Gypsies, Paramount, 1978.

Isabella, Fort Apache, the Bronx, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.

Rachel, Critical Condition, Paramount, 1987.

Melina, Total Recall, Tri-Star, 1990.

Kim Brandon, F/X2—The Deadly Art of Illusion (also known as F/X2 and FX2), Orion, 1991.

Grace, One Good Cop (also known as One Man's Justice), Buena Vista, 1991.

Officer Landers, Where the Day Takes You, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Sandra, Falling Down (also known as Chute libre), Warner Bros., 1993.

(Uncredited; director's cut) Prosecutor Wanda Bisbing, Natural Born Killers, Warner Bros., 1994.

Tracy Perry, Criminal Passion (also known as Angel of Desire), Planet Productions, 1994.

Dona Inez, Don Juan DeMarco, New Line Cinema, 1995.

Laura Martinez, Steal Big, Steal Little, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Rachel Taper, Turbulence, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997.

Guard Sally Bishop, Con Air, Buena Vista, 1997.

Voice of Captain Maria Chavez, Gargoyles: Brothers Betrayed, 1998.

Rebecca, Civility (also known as Malicious Intent), Soho Entertainment, 1999.

Maggie, Can't Be Heaven, A-Pix Entertainment, 1999.

Armiti Khalq, Full Disclosure, First Look, 2001.

Dora, Desert Saints, Initial Entertainment, 2001.

Dr. Martinez, Something's Gotta Give, Columbia, 2003.

Mariana, Man on Fire, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Herself, The Making of "Man on Fire" (documentary short), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.

Carmen's mother, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (also known as The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants), Warner Bros., 2005.

Herself, Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing "Man on Fire" (documentary), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2005.

Rosa Martinez, The Eye, Lions Gate Films, 2008.

Film Work:

Production assistant, Obsession, 1976.

Production assistant, The Wanderers, Orion, 1979.

Production assistant, Dressed to Kill, Filmways, 1980.

Production assistant, Raging Bull, United Artists, 1980.

Dance assistant, Four Friends (also known as Georgia's Friends), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.

Television Appearances; Series:

Corporal Grace Pavlik, For Love and Honor, NBC, 1983-84.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Storm, Ohara, ABC, 1987-88.

Detective Annette Rey, Crime and Punishment, NBC, 1993.

Vangie Gonzalez, American Family (also known as American Family: Journey of Dreams), PBS, 2002.

Laura Roam, Skin, Fox, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Elizabeth Perez, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (also known as Aftershock—Das groBe beben and Erdbeben-Inferno: Wenn die welt untergeht), CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Corporal Grace Pavlik, For Love and Honor, 1983.

Rachel Martin, Love, Mary, CBS, 1985.

Victoria Garcia, Rockabye, CBS, 1986.

Raquel Santos, When the Bough Breaks, NBC, 1986.

Sonia, Spies, Lies, and Naked Thighs, CBS, 1988.

Astrid, Keep the Change, TNT, 1992.

Christine Avila, From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One, NBC, 1992.

Diane, Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story (also known as The Larry McLinden Story), CBS, 1994.

Elizabeth Davis, Deconstructing Sarah, USA Network, 1994.

Dexter Ireland, The Wharf Rat, Showtime, 1995.

McBride, First-Time Felon, HBO, 1997.

Mrs. McVale, Warden of Red Rock, Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Making of "Total Recall," 1990.

Hispanic Hollywood, 1999.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Laura Roam, Skin, Fox, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Karen Pellagrino, "Crime of Passion: Part 1," Our Family Honor, 1985.

Karen Pellagrino, "Crime of Passion: Part 2," Our Family Honor, 1986.

Elena Ballesteros, "Ancient Eyes," Stingray, NBC, 1986.

Iris Martinez, "Esperanza," Prison Stories: Women on the Inside, HBO, 1991.

Charbonnet and Lilian, "Staired in Horror," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1994.

Voice of Captain Maria Chavez, "City of Stone: Part 1," Gargoyles, 1995.

Voice of Captain Maria Chavez, "For It May Come True," Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles, 1996.

Theodora "Teddi" Madden, "Mona Lisa," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), 2001.

"The Making of ‘Man on Fire’," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

Captain Teresa Cortez, "Collision," Lost, ABC, 2005.

Captain Teresa Cortez, "Two for the Road," Lost, ABC, 2006.

Woman in jail cell, "His Visit: Day One," John from Cincinnati, HBO, 2007.

Also appeared as voice of police dispatcher, "Seeing Isn't Believing," Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles.

Stage Appearances:

Princess, The King and I, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1968.

The Butterfingers Angel, Mary and Joseph, Herod the Nut, and the Slaughter of Twelve Hit Carols in a Pear Tree, Syracuse Stage Theatre, Syracuse, NY, 1979.

Chile girl, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, BMC Production Company, 78th Street Theatre Lab, New York City, 1979.

The Lesson, Union Square Theatre, New York City, c. 1981.

Stage Work:

Dance assistant, Four Friends, 1981.



New York Times, February 27, 1981.

TV Guide, October 15, 1983, p. 10.