Patricia Charbonneau

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Patricia Charbonneau
Born (1959-04-19) April 19, 1959 (age 59)
Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, United States
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Vincent Caggiano (m. 1982)
Children 1 daughter

Patricia Charbonneau (born April 19, 1959) is an American actress,[1] perhaps best known for playing the part of Cay Rivvers in Desert Hearts, her first film role.[2]

Early life[edit]

Patricia Charbonneau was born in Valley Stream, New York on Long Island, the youngest of 10 children. Her father, a retired businessman, is French; her mother is Austrian.[3] She graduated in 1977 from Valley Stream Central High School, which she attended with fellow actors Steve Buscemi and Steve Hytner, as well as writer Ed Renehan. She later attended Boston University as a theater major, and left after a month to take a position with the Lexington Conservatory Theatre company in the Catskills. The story of the Conservatory Theater is chronicled in the documentary The Loss of Nameless Things.

Early work[edit]

In addition to work with the Lexington Conservatory Theatre, Charbonneau worked on the New York stage in a production of Revengers...A Tragedea, at Playwrights Horizons. She then became a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she originated the role of Lea in My Sister in this House, a part that she also played Off-Broadway.

Desert Hearts[edit]

In 1985, Charbonneau made her film debut in Donna Deitch's film Desert Hearts[4] at a time when it was still considered a risk to portray a lesbian in a romantic drama - complete with a lengthy love scene. Charbonneau told The Globe and Mail, "Kissing Helen wasn't the hard part, really. The hard part was walking out on the set naked and just standing there." Two days before shooting began, Charbonneau found out that she was pregnant (by her rock musician husband Vincent Caggiano) with her first child, whom she once called her "Desert Hearts baby."

For her performance in Desert Hearts, Charbonneau was nominated for a 1987 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.[5]

Other notable work[edit]

In the following year she appeared in Michael Mann's Manhunter (based on the novel Red Dragon) and then played Anna, the lead, in Call Me (1988), which also featured fellow Valley Streamer Buscemi. The same year, she was featured in the crime drama/action movie Shakedown. Her television work began with a 1986 NBC pilot C.A.T. Squad and continued with dozens of appearances, including HBO's Tales from the Crypt, Crime Story, The Equalizer, Wiseguy, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, New York Undercover, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the 1990 film RoboCop 2, she played the role of Linda Garcia. Despite the character's prominence in the movie's plot, her name is never spoken, and the role was not listed in the credits; observant fans were able to determine the character's name by noticing that she wore a name tag. In 1995, she starred in Mission Critical, a Legend Entertainment sci-fi adventure game. She played one of James Garner's daughters in the 1999 CBS made-for-TV film One Special Night, which featured Julie Andrews.

In March 2007, Charbonneau joined the faculty of the Hudson Valley Academy of Performing Arts in West Taghkanic, New York where she teaches an acting workshop for children and teens.

Personal life[edit]

Charbonneau met musician Vincent Caggiano in 1978, and four years later they wed. Later they had a daughter.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 MysteryDisc: Many Roads to Murder Tracey Lowe Video
1985 Desert Hearts Cay Rivvers
1986 Manhunter Mrs. Sherman
1988 Shakedown Susan Cantrell
Call Me Anna
1990 Brain Dead Dana Martin
RoboCop 2 Robocop Technician Uncredited
1991 K2 Jacki
1996 Portraits of a Killer Carolyn Price
1998 Kiss the Sky Franny
1999 The Arrangement Marion Markel
She's All That Lois Siler
California Myth Barbara
2008 100 Feet Frances


Year Title Role Notes
1986 C.A.T. Squad Nikki Blake TV Movie
1986 - 87 Crime Story Inger Thorson 7 Episodes
1987 The Equalizer Sally Stevens 1 Episode, High Performance
Spenser: For Hire Linda Shannon 1 Episode, Mary Hamilton
1988 Disaster at Silo 7 Kathy Fitzgerald TV Movie
1988 - 89 Wiseguy Carole Sternberg 5 Episodes
1989 Unsub Lucille 1 Episode, Silent Stalker
Matlock Madeline 'Maddy' Medford 1 Episode, The Con Man
Desperado: Badlands Justice Emily Harris TV Movie
1990 Booker Clara 1 Episode, Who Framed Roger Thornton?
Midnight Caller Dakota Roberts 1 Episode, Three for the Money
1991 Murder, She Wrote Diana Sterling 1 Episode, From the Horse's Mouth
Father Dowling Mysteries Laurie Kidd 1 Episode, The Malibu Mystery
The Owl Danny Santerre TV Movie
Captive Karen TV Movie
1992 The Commish Catherine Belzer 1 Episode, Sex, Love and Kerosene
Tales from the Crypt Ellen Renfield 1 Episode, Strung Along
1993 Renegade Janet 1 Episode, Vanished
Walker, Texas Ranger Robin Henley 1 Episode, Storm Warning
1994 Viper Ella Keats 1 Episode, Wheels of Fire
1995 Extreme Sheriff Lynn Roberts 7 Episodes
seaQuest DSV Elaine Morse 2 Episodes
1996 Kindred: The Embraced Camilla 1 Episode, Bad Moon Rising
1997 Profiler Barbara Chapin 1 Episode, Shattered Silence
New York Undercover Jennifer Lewis 1 Episode, School's Out
Diagnosis Murder Fed. Marshal Monica Shattuck 1 Episode, Deadly Games
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Woman Driving 1 Episode, Bright Lights
1999 One Special Night Lori TV Movie
2000 Strange World 1 Episode, Age of Reason
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sydney Markham 1 Episode, The Extra Man
2002 Law & Order Janet Naiman 1 Episode, Oxymoron
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paige Beddles 1 Episode, Streetwise

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
1995 Mission Critical Lieutenant Commander Tran


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