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Mercedes Ruehl is a Actor American born on 28 february 1948 at New York City (USA)

Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl
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Birth name Mercedes J. Ruehl
Nationality USA
Birth 28 february 1948 (72 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Mercedes J. Ruehl (born February 28, 1948) is an American theater, television, and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for The Fisher King and a Tony Award for her performance in Lost in Yonkers in 1991.


Ruehl was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, the daughter of Mercedes J. Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She was raised Catholic. Her father was of German and Irish descent and her mother was of Cuban and Irish ancestry. Ruehl attended College of New Rochelle and graduated in 1969. She is married to painter David Geiser, with whom she adopted a son, Jake (born 1995). She had another son, Christopher, whom she placed in adoption in 1976; he later became Jake's godfather.

Her brother, Peter Ruehl, moved to Australia in 1987 where he was a popular newspaper columnist until his death in 2011.

Best films

The Fisher King (1991)

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Filmography of Mercedes Ruehl (32 films)

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Hustlers (2019)
, 1h50
Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Escroquerie, Striptease
Actors Constance Tianming Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl
Roles Mother
Rating63% 3.151173.151173.151173.151173.15117
En 2014, Dorothy, une strip-teaseuse de New York, est invitée par la journaliste Elizabeth, qui travaille sur un article qui raconte les activités de Destiny et son ancienne mentor, Ramona Vega.
Loving Leah, 1h35
Directed by Jeff Bleckner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays
Actors Lauren Ambrose, Adam Kaufman, Natasha Lyonne, Susie Essman, Ricki Lake, Mercedes Ruehl
Roles Janice
Rating69% 3.497033.497033.497033.497033.49703
Jake Lever (Adam Kaufman) is a successful cardiologist living in Washington, D.C. While at the hospital, he dreams that his brother, Benjamin, tells him that they are okay. Jake is confused and is baffled after learning later that day that his brother has died suddenly. He feels guilty for not having kept in touch with his brother for several years. After Ben's funeral held in Brooklyn, Jake finds out that because his brother's wife Leah (Lauren Ambrose) has been left without children, they must perform a ceremony called halizah in order to nullify a levirate marriage.
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, 1h29
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jorge Daniel Pardo, Mercedes Ruehl, Leela Savasta, Avan Jogia, Lupe Ontiveros, Greyston Holt
Roles Sylvia Guerrero
Rating74% 3.7416353.7416353.7416353.7416353.741635
Dès son plus jeune âge, Eddie Araujo se sent profondément différente. Elle commence à mettre le maquillage de sa mère et à porter ses vêtements. À son adolescence, Eddie ne peut plus se cacher le fait qu'elle est différente, qu'elle se sent femme et non homme. Lorsqu'elle l'accepte enfin et avec le support de sa mère, Eddie devient Gwen et commence à vivre en tant que femme jusqu'à cette nuit tragique où tout bascule...
Mom at Sixteen, 1h26
Directed by Peter Werner
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Danielle Panabaker, Jane Krakowski, Kay Panabaker, Tyler Jeffrey Hynes, Colin Ferguson, Mercedes Ruehl
Roles Terry Jeffries
Rating66% 3.347493.347493.347493.347493.34749
Jacey Jeffries (Danielle Panabaker) is a 16-year-old high school student. She is also the mother of a baby boy named Charlie. Instead of giving him up for adoption as planned, she chose to keep the baby. Her mother, Terry (Mercedes Ruehl) pretends the infant is hers to allow Jacey to finish high school and lead a relatively normal life and graduate.
The Amati Girls, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Cloris Leachman, Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, Lee Grant, Robert Picardo
Roles Grace
Rating51% 2.567882.567882.567882.567882.56788
The film centers around an Italian American family of four sisters (Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Sean Young, and Lily Knight) who reside in Philadelphia. After their father's death, in trying to convince their mother (Cloris Leachman) that her life is still worth living, each sister grapples with her own ideas on love, faith, and ultimately, the meaning of life.
What's Cooking?, 1h49
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Cooking films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick, Joan Chen, Victor Rivers, Julianna Margulies, Douglas Spain
Roles Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
Rating68% 3.4463953.4463953.4463953.4463953.446395
On Thanksgiving day, four ethnically diverse families -- Vietnamese, Latino, Jewish, and African American — gather for the traditional meal. Each family has its own distinct way of cooking the traditional holiday meal and its own set of problems.
All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story, 2h
Directed by Lloyd Kramer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Actors Penelope Ann Miller, Mercedes Ruehl, Rena Owen, Janet-Laine Green, Robert Clark, Lori Hallier
Roles Jane Newhall
Rating57% 2.8546252.8546252.8546252.8546252.854625
The story follows the saga of a 35-year old teacher who quickly falls in love with a 13-year old student she comes to believe is her soul mate. The 13-year old student is a troubled artist Vili (Omar Anguiano). Their relationship begins in Mary Kay's classroom, when she sees that Vili is a very talented artist. She later confides in him that her father, whom she loves very much, has cancer. Her husband, Steve Letourneau, was not supportive upon hearing this information at all, simply asking Mary Kay sarcastically what he was supposed to do about it. As Mary Kay begins to trust Vili more and more, the more forceful his flirtation becomes.
More Dogs Than Bones, 1h40
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action
Actors Joe Mantegna, Peter Coyote, Whoopi Goldberg, D.B. Woodside, Glenn Shadix, Mercedes Ruehl
Roles Victoria 'Vic' Galletti
Rating49% 2.471442.471442.471442.471442.47144
Pour son premier voyage aux États-Unis, Raj (Chaim Jeraffi) rend visite à son neveu Andy (Ajay Naidu), chauffeur de taxi à Los Angeles. Durant le vol pour Miami, il fait la rencontre d'une redoutable femme gangster nommée Victoria Galetti dite Vic (Mercedes Ruehl). Dénoncée à la police par un ex-employé rancunier, Vic se voit contrainte de planquer un million de dollars dans les bagages de Raj. Plus tard, elle fait appel à deux hommes de main, De Salvo (Joe Mantegna) et Quinn (Paul Hipp), pour récupérer l'argent.
The Minus Man, 1h51
Directed by Hampton Fancher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Transport films, Serial killer films, Road movies
Actors Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Cox, Mercedes Ruehl, Dwight Yoakam, Dennis Haysbert
Roles Jane
Rating60% 3.049313.049313.049313.049313.04931
The film opens as Vann Siegert (Owen Wilson) decides to turn left onto a road, striking out on a new path in life. His first stop is a bar, where he meets Casper (Sheryl Crow, in her first film appearance). They leave the bar together in his truck. Casper asks Vann to pull over at a rest stop to get high. After she shoots up, she balances her syringe on the open glove box, noticing a flask. She asks what is in it, and Vann answers that it is full of amaretto. After drinking it, she passes out. Vann carries her body into the bathroom and arranges it to look as if she overdosed.
Gia (1998)
, 2h6
Directed by Michael Cristofer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway, Mila Kunis, Eric Michael Cole, Mercedes Ruehl, Elizabeth Mitchell
Roles Kathleen Carangi
Rating69% 3.499833.499833.499833.499833.49983
Gia Carangi (Angelina Jolie) is a Philadelphia native who moves to New York City to become a fashion model and immediately catches the attention of powerful agent Wilhelmina Cooper (Faye Dunaway). Gia's attitude and beauty help her rise quickly to the forefront of the modeling industry, but her persistent loneliness after the death of Wilhelmina drives her to experiment with mood-altering drugs like cocaine. She becomes entangled in a passionate affair with Linda (Elizabeth Mitchell), a make-up artist. Their love affair first starts when both pose nude and make love to each other after a photo shoot. However, after a while Linda begins to worry about Gia's drug use and gives her an ultimatum; Gia chooses the drugs. Failed attempts at reconciliation with Linda and with her mother, Kathleen (Mercedes Ruehl), drive Gia to begin abusing heroin. Although she is eventually able to break her drug habit after much effort, she has already contracted HIV from a needle containing infected blood.
Roseanna's Grave, 1h38
Directed by Paul Weiland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Jean Reno, Mercedes Ruehl, Polly Walker, Mark Frankel, Trevor Peacock, Fay Ripley
Roles Roseanna
Rating71% 3.596443.596443.596443.596443.59644
Marcello est la crème des hommes, et aussi le meilleur des maris pour sa chère Roseanna. Malheureusement, celle-ci vit ses derniers jours, et le brave Marcello doit multiplier les efforts pour exaucer le vœu de sa tendre épouse : reposer au cimetière de Trivento, où il ne reste que 3 concessions, que l'on ne peut réserver...
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, 1h20
Directed by Bob Balaban, Jonathan Demme, Abel Ferrara, Ted Demme, Julie Dash, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Bill Irwin, KRS-One, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Corrigan, Taral Hicks, Paul Lazar
Roles Leyla (segment "Underground")
Rating65% 3.2981653.2981653.2981653.2981653.298165
"Subway Stories," structured similarly to films such as "Paris, Je t'aime" and "New York, I Love You," is divided according to director into short films, each with their own title, but strung almost seamlessly together.