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Also Known As: Susan Jane Kozak, Harley Kozak Died:
Born: January 28, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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This attractive brunette actor has proven herself adept at both dramatic and comedic roles. Kozak began her career while still in high school, joining the Nebraska Repertory Theater as a tap dancer. Upon graduation, she returned as a full company member and appeared in over thirty plays. At age 19, Kozak moved to New York to attend NYU.Kozak made her feature debut in the women-in-jeopardy thriller "The House on Sorority Row" (1983) earning favorable notices for her performance. She spent almost four years in NYC on daytime serials ("Texas" and "Guiding Light") before moving to California to join the cast of the NBC soap "Santa Barbara". Playing a virginal nun who falls in love with the scion of the wealthy Capwell family, Kozak earned a spot in the history books for her character's unusual death: crushed by a neon letter "C" that fell from a hotel marquee.Segueing into features, Kozak played small but indelible roles in "When Harry Met Sally" and "Parenthood" (both 1989) before graduating to leading roles in such diverse features as "Necessary Roughness", "The Taking of Beverly Hills" and "All I Want for Christmas" (all 1991).Kozak alternated between film and TV, appearing regularly in three series:...

This attractive brunette actor has proven herself adept at both dramatic and comedic roles. Kozak began her career while still in high school, joining the Nebraska Repertory Theater as a tap dancer. Upon graduation, she returned as a full company member and appeared in over thirty plays. At age 19, Kozak moved to New York to attend NYU.

Kozak made her feature debut in the women-in-jeopardy thriller "The House on Sorority Row" (1983) earning favorable notices for her performance. She spent almost four years in NYC on daytime serials ("Texas" and "Guiding Light") before moving to California to join the cast of the NBC soap "Santa Barbara". Playing a virginal nun who falls in love with the scion of the wealthy Capwell family, Kozak earned a spot in the history books for her character's unusual death: crushed by a neon letter "C" that fell from a hotel marquee.

Segueing into features, Kozak played small but indelible roles in "When Harry Met Sally" and "Parenthood" (both 1989) before graduating to leading roles in such diverse features as "Necessary Roughness", "The Taking of Beverly Hills" and "All I Want for Christmas" (all 1991).

Kozak alternated between film and TV, appearing regularly in three series: "Knightwatch" (ABC, 1988) as a member of a volunteer community-watch group; "Harts of the West" (CBS, 1993) as Beau Bridges' wife; and the sitcom "Bringing Up Jack" (ABC, 1995). Among her numerous other TV appearances were memorable turns as a wife accused of murdering her elderly husband on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1991) and as NEW YORK POST reporter Amy Pagnozzi in "Beyond Control: The Amy Fisher Story" (ABC, 1993). Kozak also sparkled in the little seen comedy feature "The Favor" (1994) and subsequently appeared opposite Mark Harmon in the children's adventure "Magic in the Water" and in the first episode of Harmon's short-lived ABC detective series "Charlie Grace" as his ex-wife (both 1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Emma's Wish (1998) Joy Bookman
2.
 Dark Planet (1997) Commander Brendan
3.
 Lovemaster, The (1997) Karen
4.
 Friend's Betrayal, A (1996) Abby Hewitt
5.
 Unforgivable (1996) Judy Hegstrom
6.
 Android Affair, The (1995) Karen
7.
 Magic in the Water (1995) Dr Wanda Bell
8.
 Favor, The (1994) Kathy
9.
 Amy Fisher Story, The (1993) Amy Pagnozzi
10.
 All I Want for Christmas (1991) Catherine O'Fallon
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Moved to North Dakota after father died
1962:
Made first stage appearance in college production of opera "Dido and Aneas"
1966:
TV debut in recurring role on mother's Nebraska Educational TV show "Music With Mrs Kozak" (dates approximate)
1973:
Joined the Nebraska Repertory Theatre (date approximate)
1977:
Moved to New York to attend school (date approximate)
1981:
TV acting debut in NBC daytime series, "Texas"
1983:
Film acting debut, "The House on Sorority Row"
1985:
Relocated to California
1990:
First leading role in film, "Arachnophobia"
:
Starred in the ABC sitcom "You Wish"
1999:
Appeared in the ensemble of the ABC drama series "Once and Again"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1980

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husband:
Van Santvoord. Actor. Married c. 1982; divorced 1983.
husband:
Gregory Aldisert. Lawyer. Married on November 29, 1997; entertainment attorney and partner in Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle.

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father:
Joseph Aloysius Kozak. Attorney. Died when Kozak was a child.
mother:
Dorothy Kozak. Music teacher.
daughter:
Audrey Valentine Aldisert. Born on March 9, 2000.

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