Julie Carmen
Carmen in 2009
Born (1954-04-04) April 4, 1954 (age 67)
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Gary Hoffman

Julie Carmen (born April 4, 1954) is an American actress, dancer and a licensed psychotherapist. She came to prominence onscreen in the 1980s, winning the Venice Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in John Cassavetes' film, Gloria (1980), opposite Gena Rowlands.


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Carmen was born in New York City of Spanish and Cuban ancestry.[1] Her acting training was with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios. Carmen was on the Board of Directors of both Women in Film for three years and IFP/West for six years.

She has starred in a variety of films including Night of the Juggler (1980), Comeback (1982) opposite Eric Burdon, Last Plane Out (1983), Condo (1983)[2] Blue City (1986), Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Fright Night Part 2 (1988) as vampire Regine Dandrige, Paint It Black (1989), John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995), NYPD Blue (1999) and King of the Jungle (2000) opposite John Leguizamo. In 2012 she played a supporting role in Last Weekend and later starred in Dawn Patrol (2014).

Carmen appeared on television as the female lead in the 1992 NBC mini-series Drugs Wars: The Cocaine Cartel, as well as playing the mother of Angelina Jolie's character in the 1997 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries True Women and the female lead opposite Val Kilmer in Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid directed by Billy Graham. Julie played female lead opposite George C. Scott in two made for television movies, Finding the Way Home and Curacao (also called Deadly Waters). She was a series regular, as Linda Rodriguez Kirkridge, on the short-lived ABC sitcom Condo (1983), and guest starred in three first-season (1990) episodes of the HBO original comedy series Dream On.

She danced on Broadway in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit, and was resident choreographer at INTAR under the direction of Max Ferra. She studied dance at the Merce Cunningham and Erik Hawkins Studios, and Pilates with Joseph Pilates at the original studio in NYC, which led to her 1979 teaching position at Ron Fletcher's Pilates Studio in Los Angeles. In 2007, she played the lead role Liz Estrada at the Getty Villa's commissioned update of Lysistrata. In 2015, she returned to television, appearing as a series regular in the independent TV pilot Myrna as Stefie, the ex-wife of the title character.


In addition to her career in acting she has subsequently pursued academics, having since become a licensed and practicing psychotherapist. She earned a B.S. from the State University of New York Empire State, a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch College, and is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She is also certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level.

Carmen was trained as a drama therapist by Ramon Gordon of Cell Block Theater. She designed and led the drama therapy and yoga therapy programs at Passages Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment Center. She was a yoga therapist at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Centers and the Los Angeles School Districts Program for Pregnant Teens.

She was referenced in actress Suzanne Somers' book, Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones[3] in the chapter titled Julie Carmen Yoga.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Night of the Juggler Maria
1980 Gloria Jeri Dawn
1982 Comeback Tina
1982 The Man on the Wall Viktoria
1983 Last Plane Out Maria Cardena
1986 Blue City Debbie Torres
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Nancy Mondragon
1988 The Penitent Corina
1988 Lovers, Partners & Spies Madonna
1988 Fright Night Part 2 Regine Dandridge
1989 Paint It Black Gina Bayworth
1991 Kiss Me a Killer Teresa
1991 Cold Heaven Anna Corvin
1995 In the Mouth of Madness Linda Styles
1996 Africa Isabel
2000 King of the Jungle Mona
2005 Angels with Angels Graciella
2007 Illegal Tender Nilsa
2009 Falling Awake Angela
2009 The Butcher Rose
2014 Last Weekend Maria Castillo
2014 Dawn Patrol Laura Rivera
2018 You Can't Say No Matilda
2019 Windows on the World Elena


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Guiding Light Carmen Monvales 2 episodes
1979 Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze Rose TV film
1980 Lou Grant Teresa Davis Episode: "Indians"
1981 300 Miles for Stephanie Rosa Sanchez TV film
1981 Nero Wolfe Dr. Lydia Proctor Episode: "What Happened to April"
1981 She's in the Army Now Pvt. Yvette Rios TV film
1981 Fire on the Mountain Cruza Peralta TV film
1982 Cassie & Co. Sheila Episode: "The Golden Silence"
1982 Cagney & Lacey Carmen Episode: "Beyond the Golden Door"
1983 Condo Linda Rodriguez Main role
1983 Remington Steele Gina Barber Episode: "Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws"
1984 The Fall Guy Estrelita Episode: "Rabbit's Feet"
1984 T. J. Hooker Julie Mendez Episode: "Gang War"
1984 Who's the Boss? Teresa Episode: "Angela's First Flight"
1984 Matt Houston Fran Episode: "Caged"
1984 Highway to Heaven Elena Simms Episode: "Hotel of Dreams"
1985 Airwolf Teresa Guzman Episode: "Prisoner of Yesterday"
1985 Fame Diane Petit Episode: "Who Am I, Really?"
1985 The Twilight Zone Mary Ellen Bradshaw Segment: "Wish Bank"
1985 Hotel 'Teresa' Episode: "Celebrations"
1985–1986 Falcon Crest Sofia Stavros Recurring role (season 5)
1988 Beauty and the Beast Luz Corrales Episode: "Ozymandias"
1988 Police Story: Burnout Kathy TV film
1989 Gideon Oliver Carlotta Guzman Episode: "The Last Plane from Coramaya"
1989 Billy the Kid Celsa TV film
1989 Manhunt: Search for the Night Killer Pearl Carrillo TV film
1989 The Neon Empire Miranda TV film
1990 Dream On Nina Ferrara Episodes: "Three Coins in the Dryer", "Trojan War", "Up the River"
1991 Finding the Way Home Elena TV film
1992 Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel Judge Sonia Perez-Vega TV miniseries
1993 Curacao Julia TV film
1994 Seduced by Evil Rayna TV film
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Moriah Thomas Episode: "The Bela Lugosi Blues"
1995 ER Mrs. Lafferty Episode: "Motherhood"
1995 The Omen Rita TV film
1996 Top Gun: Fire at Will Amanda Moore Video game
1997 True Women Cherokee Lawshe TV film
1998 Gargantua Dr. Alyson Shaw TV film
1999 NYPD Blue Nydia Episode: "I'll Draw You a Map"
1999 Touched by an Angel Elisa Morante Episode: "The Letter"
2000 City of Angels Vanessa Medina Episode: "Weenis Between Us"
2000 The Expendables Jackie TV film
2016 NCIS Mrs. Medina Episode: "Home of the Brave"


  1. ^ Profile, juliecarmenactress.com; accessed January 24, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/condo/
  3. ^ Somers, Suzanne (2006). Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 0-307-23724-9.

https://cal.lmu.edu/event/lmux191012 this verifies some of Julie Carmen's teaching positions at Loyola Marymount University