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Also Known As: Lauren Velez Died:
Born: November 2, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, restaurant hostess, telephone operator

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A former trained dancer-turned-actress, Lauren Velez emerged from Broadway to become a compelling and respected supporting player on several critically acclaimed television series. After establishing her credentials with an award-nominated performance in the indie feature "I Like It Like That" (1994), she made a splash with her three seasons on "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98), then was a significant part of the large ensemble show "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). But it was her supporting role on the deliciously dark thriller "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) that truly established Velez as a seriously talented actress with a long, prominent career practically guaranteed.

A former trained dancer-turned-actress, Lauren Velez emerged from Broadway to become a compelling and respected supporting player on several critically acclaimed television series. After establishing her credentials with an award-nominated performance in the indie feature "I Like It Like That" (1994), she made a splash with her three seasons on "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98), then was a significant part of the large ensemble show "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). But it was her supporting role on the deliciously dark thriller "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ) that truly established Velez as a seriously talented actress with a long, prominent career practically guaranteed.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rosewood Lane (2012)
2.
 Love and Treason (2001) Agent Susan Mestre
3.
 Taino (2000)
4.
 Prince Of Central Park (1999) Rosa Sanchez
5.
 La Mastas, The (1998) Vicky
6.
 Thicker Than Blood (1998) Camilla Lopez
7.
 I Think I Do (1997) Carol Anita Gonzalez
9.
 City Hall (1996) Elaine Santos
10.
 I Like It Like That (1994) Lisette Linares
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Milestones close milestones

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Landed first job performing in the national touring company of the musical, "Dreamgirls"
:
Played understudy for actress Phylicia Rashad in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods"
1994:
Made her film debut playing the lead role in "I Like It Like That"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress
1995:
Joined the cast of "New York Undercover" (FOX) as Detective Nina Moreno
1996:
Featured in the film "City Hall," starring Al Pacino and John Cusack
1997:
Played the prison doctor, Dr. Gloria Nathan on HBO's drama series, "Oz"
2004:
Played an attorney on two episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2006:
Had a three episode arc on CBS' "Numb3rs"
2006:
Portrays Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta on the Showtime series, "Dexter"
2009:
Had a multiepisode arc on ABC¿s "Ugly Betty" playing the nurse to Betty¿s father, Ignacio (played by Tony Plana)
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Education

Kingsborough Community College: -
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre: -

Notes

"I ought to be able to do anything and not have limitations. I should be able to say a role is badly written and does a disservice to Latinos. If there are a million roles to choose from for Latinos, then it's not such a big issue, but if there's only one and the character is a drug-dealing, purse-snatching prostitute, and that's all she is, then I can refuse to portray that. That's what I can do on my end and just not be part of what's going on." -- Lauren Velez in THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 20, 1995

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husband:
Mark Gordon. Postal worker.
husband:
Mark Gordon. Bartender, personal trainer. Married in 1993; half-Italian, half-Jamaican.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jose Velez. Survived her.
father:
Jose Velez. Police officer. Died of a heart attack in 1993.
mother:
Coco Velez. Army colonel. Of Irish descent.
sister:
Maria Dolores Velez. Briefly married in 1935; moved to Mallorca; left husband and returned to the USA.
sister:
Maria Dolores Velez. Actor. Twin of Lauren, appeared in London production of "Fame, the Musical" and played Mimi in "Rent".
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