Cathy Moriarty - Updated Feb 2024

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Cathy Moriarty

Cathy Moriarty is a famous American actress. Cathy Moriarty has been active in the entertainment industry since 1980 and has spent over 40 years in this field.

Early Life

Cathy Moriarty was born in The Bronx, New York, the United States, on November 29, 1960. Currently, the actress is 63 years old and has a birth sign of Sagittarius. In addition, her full name is Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, and she holds dual nationality American-Irish. She belongs to the Irish ethnicity while her religious belief is unknown.

She was born to her parents; John Moriarty and Catherine Moriarty. Her parents were Irish Catholic immigrants. In addition, her father worked at a warehouse while her mother was a homemaker.

Meanwhile, she has a brother named Tommy and a sister named Mary. Along with her siblings, she was raised in Yonkers, New York. Moving on to her academic, she attended Lincoln High School.

Professional Career

At the age of 18, Cathy Moriarty entered a bathing beauty contest in a pub, persuaded by her friends. She met an Italian man after winning the contest, who turned out to be Joe Pesci. Through him, she earned the role of Vickie LaMotta in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull.”

For her role in the movie, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. After this, she appeared in the 1982 comedy film “Neighbors” playing the role of Ramona Zeck.

Caption: The poster of the 1980 film, Raging Bull (Source: Tallenge Store)

She was critically injured in a car accident in 1982 and underwent back surgery. She agreed to co-star in “The Two Jakes” with Jack Nicholson in 1985. However, after only one day of filming, work was paused. Although the movie was finally released in 1990, Moriarty was no longer involved in the production.

Returned to Acting

She later returned to acting in 1987 and was cast in the British thriller film “White of the Eye,” in which Moriarty played the wife of David Keith’s character. In 1989, she appeared in the CBS series “Wiseguy” episode ‘Reunion.’ She later appeared in the 1991 comedy film “Soapdish” playing the role of Montana Moorehead/Nurse Nan.

Moreover, she starred in “Forgetting Paris” (1995), the vengeful Carrigan Crittenden in “Casper” (1995), mob boss Patti LoPresti in the crime-comedy “Analyze That” (2002), Irene in the action-comedy “The Bounty Hunter” (2010), and Armand Assante’s wife in the crime-drama “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn” (2013).

She collaborated with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld on his critically praised directorial venture, “A Brother’s Kiss,” in 1997. Moreover, she started in the criminal drama “Flinch” and the action thriller “Shooting Heroin.” She won the CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series in 1993 for her performance as Alison Peters in the season four episode ‘Seance’ of HBO’s horror anthology series “Tales from the Crypt.”

Other Acting Credits

Between 1995 and 1996, she starred in CBS’ short-lived sitcom “Bless This House” as Alice Clayton, alongside Andrew Dice Clay as Burt Clayton. In Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold,” she voiced the recurring character Tish Wittenberg.

In 2o05, she was cast as police officer Toni Howard in NBC’s crime-drama TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” She played the title role in Ante Novakovic’s 2014 short film “Tammy.” She starred in two episodes of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX in 2018.

Some of her recent film credits are “A Cry from Within” (2014), “Patti Cake$” (2017), “Last Call” (2021) and “Flinch” (2021). In addition, her TV series credits are “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2010), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2013-2014), “I’m Dying Up Here” (2017), “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (2018), and “City on a Hill” (2019).


In 2010, she was honored Long Island Creative Achievement Award. She was named the Best Actress in a Dramatic Series in 1993 CableACE Award for her work in ‘Tales from the Crypt.’ She has been nominated for Academy Awards, National Society of Film Critics Awards, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Film Award.

Net Worth 2023

According to the online websites, her net worth is estimated at around $5 million while her income or salary is unknown. She has been able to make this huge sum of money through working on TV series, and movies.

Relationship Status

Caption: Cathy Moriarty as seen while posing for a picture along with her children in August 2017 (Source: Healthy Celeb)

Currently, Cathy Moriarty is married to Joseph Gentile. The couple married on August 28, 1999. With the marriage, the couple is blessed with three children namely, Catherine Patricia Gentile, Joseph John Gentile, and Annabella Rose Gentile. Previously, the actress was married to theatrical manager Carmine D’Anna on November 29, 1980. Their marriage did not work well, and as a result, they separated on April 2, 1992.

Cathy Moriarty – Body Measurements

Caption: Cathy Moriarty posing for a photo (Source: Depositphotos)

This American actress stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 65 kg. Moreover, she has a pair of dark brown eyes with blonde hair colour and her body measurement is 34-24-35 inches.

Social Media

Officially, this American star is not present on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She prefers to live a private and low-profile lifestyle.