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Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City to Mercedes Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance before coming to her most successfully received role in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991). She played the part of Jeff Bridges's on-screen ... See full bio »

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 2015/I Good Business (Short) (completed)
 2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Lucia Barba
- December Solstice (2015) ... Lucia Barba
 2014 Chu and Blossom
Mrs. Fefterg
 2013 Star Spangled Banners (TV Movie)
Rosalind Banner
 2013 Monday Mornings (TV Series)
Judge Beverly Natheson
- Wheels Within Wheels (2013) ... Judge Beverly Natheson
 2013 Doubt (TV Movie)
Mrs. Syd Newman
 2012 Luck (TV Series)
Renzo's Mother
- Episode #1.9 (2012) ... Renzo's Mother
 2012 El Jefe (TV Movie)
Delmi Rodriguez
 2010 Goldstar, Ohio (Short)
Adriana Rock
 2009 Loving Leah (TV Movie)
Janice Lever
 2004-2009 Law & Order (TV Series)
Judge Clara Lloyd / Zina Rybakov
- By Perjury (2009) ... Judge Clara Lloyd
- All in the Family (2004) ... Zina Rybakov
 2006-2008 Entourage (TV Series)
Rita Chase
- Aquamom (2006) ... Rita Chase
 2006 A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (TV Movie)
Sylvia Guerrero
 2006 Untitled Paul Reiser Project (TV Movie)
 2005 The Warriors (Video Game)
Policewoman (voice, uncredited)
 2005 Mom at Sixteen (TV Movie)
Terry Jeffries
 2004 Zeyda and the Hitman
 2004 Bad Apple (TV Movie)
Lorraine Gibbons
 2004 1-800-Missing (TV Series)
Emanuelle Baker
- These Dreams Before Me (2004) ... Emanuelle Baker
 2004 Everyday Life (TV Movie)
 2002 Widows (TV Mini-Series)
Dolly Rawlins
- Hour Four (2002) ... Dolly Rawlins
- Hour Three (2002) ... Dolly Rawlins
- Hour Two (2002) ... Dolly Rawlins
- Hour One (2002) ... Dolly Rawlins
 2002 Spooky House
 2002 Guilt by Association (TV Movie)
Susan Walker
 2001 Mr. Life (TV Movie)
 2000 The Lost Child (TV Movie)
 2000 The Amati Girls
 2000 More Dogs Than Bones
Victoria 'Vic' Galletti
 2000 What's Cooking?
Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Avila
 2000 Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl (TV Movie)
Jane Newhall
 1999 Out of the Cold
 1999 The Minus Man
 1998 Gia (TV Movie)
Kathleen Carangi
 1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (TV Movie)
Leyla (segment "Underground")
 1997 North Shore Fish (TV Movie)
 1997 Roseanna's Grave
Roseanna 'Rosa'
 1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial (TV Movie)
Lael Rubin
 1994 On Hope (Short)
 1991 Another You
Elaine / Mimi Kravitz
 1990 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Bernadette Foley
- The Moves (1990) ... Bernadette Foley
 1990 Crazy People
Dr. Liz Baylor
 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1989 Slaves of New York
 1988 Big
Mrs. Baskin
 1987 Leader of the Band
Miss Cooper
 1987 Radio Days
Ad Man
 1986 Twisted
 1986 Heartburn
 1986 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
- Late Bloomer (1986) ... Millie (as Mercedes Reuhle)
 1985 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
Louise Taylor
- Homecoming (1985) ... Louise Taylor
 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
- Mom's on Strike (1984) ... Sandy
 1981 Four Friends
Woman in Taxi
 1976 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
American girl in casino
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: Plays Peggy Guggenheim in "Woman Before a Glass" play by Alexis Greene (The Promenade Theatre, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

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Mercedes Reuhle


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[on playing Connie Russo in Married to the Mob (1988)] That was fun from beginning to end. Jonathan Demme just kept saying, "Take her further, further, further." So I did, I did, I did. See more »


Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a son Christopher Robert Ruehl in April 1976. Child's father is unknown to the public and Ruehl subsequently gave her son up for adoption. See more »

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