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Marcia Jean Kurtz

Bronx-born actress Marcia Jean Kurtz made her film debut in Jerry Schatzberg's 1971 PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (starring Al Pacino). In 1975, she landed a role in another Pacino classic, playing the bank hostage Miriam in the Sidney Lumet-directed DOG DAY AFTERNOON. She has been working with Lumet ever since, appearing in RUNNING ON EMPTY, NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN, FIND ME GUILTY, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD, and his television show 100 CENTRE STREET. She recently reprised her bank hostage role as another Miriam, who refuses to take her clothes off, even under threat of death by Clive Owen, in Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN. (She has never figured out if Lee gave her this name as homage to Lumet.) Kurtz has appeared in dozens of other films, including Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, DEATH WISH, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, IN HER SHOES, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, THE wRESTLER, and the award-winning, Jay Roach-directed HBO film RECOUNT. Her performance in the LAW & ORDER episode "Indifference", based on the Hedda Nussbaum/Joel Steinberg case, has become something of a classic. Kurtz has also enjoyed a long and accomplished stage career, winning an Obie for her lead role in Donald Margulies' THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and a Obie and Drama Desk Nomination for Martin Sherman's WHEN SHE DANCED at Playwrights Horizons. She has also directed several stage productions, including the HB Playwrights Theatre production of BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, and Evan Handler's solo show TIME ON FIRE at Second Stage. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Lincoln Center Director's Lab and was a company member of Peter Brook's C.I.R.T., Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre, and Jerome Robbins' American Laboratory Theatre. She holds a B.S. in Dance from The Juilliard School.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
28% Ass Backwards
  • Barb
2013
55% Downtown Express
  • Woman on the Subway Platform
2012
68% Tower Heist
  • Rose
2011
87% Black Swan
  • Costumer Georgina
2010
86% Big Fan
  • Theresa Aufiero
2009
98% The Wrestler
  • Admissions Desk Woman
2008
76% Recount
  • Carol Roberts
2008
No Score Yet The Marconi Bros. (The Wedding Bros.)
  • Mrs. Marconi
2008
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Hospital Receptionist
2007
64% Arranged
  • Actor
2007
87% Inside Man
  • Miriam Douglas
2006
61% Find Me Guilty
  • Sara Stiles
2006
75% In Her Shoes
  • Mrs. Stein
2005
78% Requiem for a Dream
  • Rae
2000
43% Center Stage
  • Emily's Mother
2000
89% One True Thing
  • Marcia
1998
85% Running on Empty
  • School Clerk
1988
89% Once Upon a Time in America
  • Max's Mother
1984
No Score Yet Cold Feet
  • Psychiatrist
1983
95% Dog Day Afternoon
  • Miriam
1975
67% Death Wish
  • Actor
1974
40% Born to Win
  • Marlene
1971
No Score Yet Cry Uncle
  • Russian Girl
1971
80% The Panic in Needle Park
  • Marcie
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Myrna Bower Carla Lowenstein
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Marion Davis

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