Marcia Jean Kurtz
EducationJuilliard School (1964)
OccupationActress, director
Years active1968–present

Marcia Jean Kurtz is an American film, stage, and television actress and director. She has appeared in such films as The Panic in Needle Park, In Her Shoes, and Big Fan, appearing as Miriam Douglas in Dog Day Afternoon and Inside Man. Kurtz won an Obie Award for her performance as Doris in Donald Margulies' The Loman Family Picnic. She was also nominated for both an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for her role in Martin Sherman's When She Danced. Kurtz also directed Matty Selman's Uncle Phillip's Coat and Evan Handler's Time of Fire.[1]

She has appeared several times on the television series Law & Order.

Kurtz is a 1964 graduate of the Juilliard School, where she earned a B.S. degree in dance.[2]

Acting career


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Panic in Needle Park Marcie
Cry Uncle! Russian Girl
Born to Win Marlene
Believe in Me Emergency Room Nurse
1972 The Stoolie Sheila Morrison
1974 Death Wish Receptionist
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Miriam Douglas
1976 Pleasantville Jo
1977 Nomadic Lives Gretchen
1983 Cold Feet Psychiatrist
1984 Once Upon a Time in America Max's Mother
1988 Running on Empty School clerk
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan Eileen
1998 Meschugge Rita Teichmann
One True Thing Marcia
2000 Center Stage Emily's mother
Requiem for a Dream Rae
The Day the Ponies Come Back Thelma
2002 The Book of Danny Fritzi
2004 From Other Worlds Brian's Mom
2005 In Her Shoes Mrs. Stein
2006 Find Me Guilty Sara Stiles
Inside Man Miriam Douglas
2007 Arranged Principal Jacoby
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Hospital Receptionist
2008 The Marconi Bros. Annette Marconi
The Wrestler Admissions Desk Woman
Miracle at St. Anna Post Office Customer
2009 Big Fan Theresa Aufiero
2010 Black Swan Costumer Georgina
2011 Tower Heist Rose
2013 Ass Backwards Barb
2017 Mother! Thief
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Italian Grocer


Year Title Role Notes
1968 N.Y.P.D. Marcie
1973 Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside Renee Isaacs
1977 The Four of Us unsold pilot
1984 Concealed Enemies Esther Chambers
1990 Law & Order Carla Lowenstein reprised role in 2004
2000 100 Centre Street
2008 Recount Carol Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Chinese and Dr. Fish Pu Ping Chow
1986 Execution of Justice Barbara Taylor, Carol Ruth Silver, and Dr. Solomon
1989 The Loman Family Picnic Doris Obie Award
1990 When She Danced Miss Belzer Obie Award Nomination, Drama Desk Award Nomination
2000 Taller Than a Dwarf Mrs. Shaw
2001 Everett Beekin Ma
2006 The People Next Door Mrs. Mac


  1. ^ Alterman, Glenn (1999). Creating your own monologue. Watson-Guptil. p. 150. ISBN 1-58115-038-5.
  2. ^ "Alumni News". Juilliard School. September 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved April 12, 2012.