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Mercedes Ruehl Net Worth, Movies, Height, Biography

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.

Occupation: Actor

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

Religion: Christianity

Brother: Peter Ruehl

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Nationality: American

Ethnicity: German, Irish and Cuban descent

Height: 5’10” (1.78m)

Weight: 58kg

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 

Film Roles

  1. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands – 1976
  2. The Warriors – 1979
  3. Four Friends – 1981
  4. Heartburn – 1986
  5. Leader of the Band – 1987
  6. Big – 1988
  7. Crazy People – 1990
  8. Lost in Yonkers – 1993
  9. On Hope – 1994
  10. Spooky House – 2002
  11. Chu and Blossom – 2014
  12. Hustlers – 2019


  1. The Doctors – 1977
  2. Our Family Honor – 1985
  3. Kate & Allie – 1986
  4. The Cosby Show – 1990
  5. Frasier – 1995-1996
  6. Widows – 2002
  7. Everyday Life – 2004
  8. Law & Order – 2004-2009
  9. Entourage – 2006-2008
  10. Luck – 2012
  11. Doubt – 2013
  12. 2 Broke Girls – 2016
  13. Power – 2017-2018
  14. Bull – 2018-2020


  1. Coming of Age in Soho –1985
  2. I’m Not Rappaport – 1985-88
  3. Lost in Yonkers – 1991
  4. Anthony and Cleopatra – 1992
  5. The Shadow Box – 1994- 1995
  6. The Vagina Monologues – 2000
  7. The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? – 2002
  8. The How and the Why –2012
  9. Full Gallop – 2015
  10. 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”.

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