Mercedes Ruehl’s Biography
Mercedes J. Ruehl, born on February 28, 1948, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, U. S is an American screen and stage actor. She is best known for her leading performance in the play Lost in Yonkers (1990) and supporting performance in The Fisher King (1991). She has received several accolades such as a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and two Obie Awards among others.
Mercedes Ruehl’s Profile Summary
Full name: Mercedes J. Ruehl
Date of birth: February 28,1948
Age: 74 years as of 2022
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, U. S.
Education: College of New Rochelle, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Years Active: 1976-present
Spouse: David Geiser
Children: Jake Xavier Ruehl Geiser (adopted son), Christopher Robert Ruehl
Father: Vincent Ruehl
Mother: Mercedes J. Ruehl
Brother: Peter Ruehl
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Ethnicity: German, Irish and Cuban descent
Height: 5’10” (1.78m)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Skin color: Fair
Body size: 36 inches
Net Worth: $2-5 million dollars (approx)
Early Life And Education Of Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City. She is the daughter of Mercedes J. Ruehl, a school teacher and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent.
She was raised a Catholic. Mercedes family moved frequently during her childhood due to her father’s service assignments. Later on, they settled in Silver Spring, Maryland. As a small little girl, she performed in operas and grew up with her late brother, Peter Ruehl. He was a popular newspaper columnist and died in 2011.
She attended College of New Rochelle and graduated in 1969 with a BA in English.
Mercedes Ruehl’s Career
Mercedes J. Ruehl learned acting with the legendary Uta Hagen and made her entry in the world of theater by beginning her stage career with the Denver Center Theater Company.
She was nearly cast in the sixth season of Saturday Night Live in 1980, losing her slot to Denny Dillon.
Her first lead role was in the 1984 Broadway play I’m Not Rappaport. She won an award in the same year for her performance in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, an Off-Broadway production and twenty years later, an Obie for Woman Before a Glass.
In 1991,she received a Tony Award as Best Actress (play) for Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. Her performances in two other plays earned her two other Tony nominations: The Shadow Box in the category of Best Actress and The Goat, or who is Sylvia? .
Her most prominent role was in The Fisher King; it earned her the 1991 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, an American Comedy Award, a Boston Society of Film Critics Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Award and a Golden Globe. She is the first Cuban American Female Academy Award winner.
In 2009, Mercedes J. Ruehl returned to act in both Broadway and Off-Broadway and appeared in Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan, as Eva Adler. She has remained associated with different theater productions.
Mercedes Ruehl’s Personal Life
Mercedes married David Geiser in 1999 with whom she adopted a son, Jake Xavier Ruehl Geiser. They later had another son, Christopher Robert Ruehl whom she placed up for adoption in 1976 when she was 28 years old.
Her son reunited with her in the late 1990s after he turned 21. In 2017, the couple put their Hampton house on the market.
On October 14, 2020 at the age of 73, David Geiser died unexpectedly of heart disease in his sleep.
Mercedes Ruehl’s Age
How old is Mercedes Ruehl? She was born on 28th February, 1948. She is 74 years old as of 2022.
Mercedes Ruehl’s Height
Mercedes stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78m).
Mercedes Ruehl’s Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $2-5 million dollars (approx).
Mercedes Ruehl’s Social Media Accounts
Instagram: @mjruehl. She has 243 followers, 815 following, 250 posts
Mercedes Ruehl Movies
- Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands – 1976
- The Warriors – 1979
- Four Friends – 1981
- Heartburn – 1986
- Leader of the Band – 1987
- Big – 1988
- Crazy People – 1990
- Lost in Yonkers – 1993
- On Hope – 1994
- Spooky House – 2002
- Chu and Blossom – 2014
- Hustlers – 2019
- The Doctors – 1977
- Our Family Honor – 1985
- Kate & Allie – 1986
- The Cosby Show – 1990
- Frasier – 1995-1996
- Widows – 2002
- Everyday Life – 2004
- Law & Order – 2004-2009
- Entourage – 2006-2008
- Luck – 2012
- Doubt – 2013
- 2 Broke Girls – 2016
- Power – 2017-2018
- Bull – 2018-2020
- Coming of Age in Soho –1985
- I’m Not Rappaport – 1985-88
- Lost in Yonkers – 1991
- Anthony and Cleopatra – 1992
- The Shadow Box – 1994- 1995
- The Vagina Monologues – 2000
- The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? – 2002
- The How and the Why –2012
- Full Gallop – 2015
- Torch Song – 2017-2019
Awards And Nominations
Mercedes has received awards such as; National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Awardfor Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture, Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress and many others.
She has been nominated for; Tony Award, Prism Award, Imagen Foundation Award, amongst others.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mercedes Ruehl
1.What Nationality Is Mercedes Ruehl?
She is American.
2.Mercedes Ruehl Power
Power (TV series 2014-2020) Mercedes Ruehl played Connie Teresi
3.Mercedes Ruehl’s Health
There have been no reports of her being sick or having any health related issues.
4.Who Is Mercedes Ruehl Married To?
David Geiser. He died in his sleep on October 4, 2020 from a heart disease.
5.What Is Mercedes Ruehl Known For?
She is known for her leading performance in the play Lost in Yonkers (1990) and supporting Performance in The Fisher King (1991)
6.Mercedes Ruehl Law and Order
She played Lucia Barba in “Law& Order: Special Victims Unit” December Solstice (TV Episode 2015)
7.Mercedes Ruehl Psych
She portrayed Detective Goochberg in the psych episode “Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast”.