Date of Birth : Nov 1st 1958
In 1978, Rachel appeared as a dancer in the film King of the Gypsies, making that her official film debut. She also acted on the Off-Broadway production of Miguel Piñero’s The Sun Always Shines for the Cool. (During this period, she also received an onscreen credit as a production assistant on Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill.) Her first big break came in 1981, when she was cast as “Isabella” opposite Paul Newman in the movie Fort Apache, The Bronx. That same year, she was listed as one of 12 promising New Actors in John Willis Screen World Vol.33. In 1983, she landed a regular role on NBC’s television drama Love and Honor. Other television series in which she has appeared in are, Ohara (1987), Women on the Inside (1991), Crime & Punishment (1993), and Gargoyles (1994).
Among the movies in which she has been cast in are the following, Critical Condition (1986) as “Rachel Arwood,” Where the Day Takes You (1992) as “Officer Landers”, Falling Down (1993) as “Detective Sandra,” Total Recall (1990) as “Melina” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone and Con Air (1997) alongside Nicolas Cage, where she earned an ALMA Award for her role as prison guard Sally Bishop. In 1995, she played the role of Doña Inez, the Mexican mother of Johnny Depp, in the tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, Depp playing the title role. Ticotin has participated in over 40 film and television series, recently appearing in Man on Fire (2004) as “Mariana” and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005). Ticotin was cast as “Vangie Gonzalez Taylor” in the second season of PBS’s television series American Family alongside Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, Raquel Welch and Kate del Castillo. Ticotin most recently appeared on television in season 2 of the popular ABC series Lost. She was cast as “Captain Teresa Cortez,” mother of Michelle Rodriguez’s character “Ana Lucia Cortez.”