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Born: June 13, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Whitestone, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A striking, dark-haired actress of Puerto Rican descent, New York City native Lisa Vidal began acting in repertory theater at age 14 and was cast the following year in the PBS series "Oye Willie" (1980-81), jump-starting a long and varied acting career, most often playing grounded professionals balancing work and family. A small role in the 1984 comedy "Delivery Boys" marked Vidal's feature debut. In 1986 she played the charming housekeeper for a good-natured elderly heiress (Loretta Young) in the NBC holiday TV-movie tearjerker "Christmas Eve". The late 1980s saw the actress busy on the small screen with guest roles on such wildly popular series as "The Cosby Show" and "Miami Vice" (both NBC). Determined to take roles that reflected the diversity of the Latino community while at the same time building it up, Vidal acted in the two "ABC Afterschool Special" educational presentations "Class Act: A Teacher's Story" (1987) and "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story" (1991).

A striking, dark-haired actress of Puerto Rican descent, New York City native Lisa Vidal began acting in repertory theater at age 14 and was cast the following year in the PBS series "Oye Willie" (1980-81), jump-starting a long and varied acting career, most often playing grounded professionals balancing work and family. A small role in the 1984 comedy "Delivery Boys" marked Vidal's feature debut. In 1986 she played the charming housekeeper for a good-natured elderly heiress (Loretta Young) in the NBC holiday TV-movie tearjerker "Christmas Eve". The late 1980s saw the actress busy on the small screen with guest roles on such wildly popular series as "The Cosby Show" and "Miami Vice" (both NBC). Determined to take roles that reflected the diversity of the Latino community while at the same time building it up, Vidal acted in the two "ABC Afterschool Special" educational presentations "Class Act: A Teacher's Story" (1987) and "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story" (1991).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Star Trek (2009)
2.
 Odd Girl Out (2005)
3.
 Naughty or Nice (2004) Diana Ramiro
4.
 Chasing Papi (2003) Carmen
5.
 Active Stealth (2000)
6.
 Hit and Run (1999) Meredith Reed
7.
 Naked City: A Killer Christmas (1998) Lori Halloran
8.
 Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The (1998) Babs Cardoza
9.
10.
 Naked City: Justice With a Bullet (1998) Lori Halloran
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Began acting at age 14, working in repertory theater (date approximate)
1980:
Made TV debut on the PBS series "Oye Willie"
1984:
Had a small role in the comedy/adventure feature "Delivery Boys"
1986:
Played the housekeeper for a wealthy elderly woman (Loretta Young) in the heartwearming holiday TV-movie "Christmas Eve" (NBC)
1987:
Featured in "Class Act: A Teacher's Story", an "ABC Afterschool Special" presentation
1987:
Guest starred on an episode of the hit NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show"
1988:
Guested on "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1991:
Acted in "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story", another "ABC Afterschool Special"
1992:
Had a guest role on "Law & Order" (NBC)
1992:
Acted in "Night and the City", a modernized remake of the 1950 classic
1994:
Featured in "I Like It Like That", a comedy-drama about a Latina wife and mother who takes a job in the record industry
1994:
Played Carmen, the sister of police detective Eddie (Michael DeLorenzo), in a recurring role on the Fox series "New York Undercover"
1995:
Had guest appearance on the ABC police drama "The Commish", playing a NYC cop who joins forces with the suburban commissioner (Michael Chiklis) to solve a crime
1996:
Co-starred in the independent romance "Destination Unknown"
:
Starred in the Steven Spielberg-produced ABC police drama "High Incident"
1997:
Acted in the Eric Schaeffer comedy "Fall"
1997:
Featured in the miniseries "Ken Follett's The Third Twin" (CBS)
1998:
Co-starred in the ABC TV-movie remake "Taking of Pelham One Two Three"
1998:
Featured in the independent comedy "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit"
1998:
Was a regular on the short-lived sitcom "The Brian Benben Show" (CBS)
1998:
Featured in the "Naked City" episodes "Justice With a Bullet" and "A Killer Christmas" (Showtime)
1999:
Starred in the Lifetime TV-movie "Hit and Run", playing a detective who suspects a model citizen (Margaret Colin) of the titular crime
1999:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Sara Morales in the NBC drama series "Third Watch"
2000:
Featured in the military adventure "Active Stealth"
2001:
Played single mother/detective Magdalena Ramirez on the Lifetime police drama "The Division"
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Education

Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts: New York , New York -
State University of New York, New Paltz: New Paltz , New York -
Hunter College, City University of New York: New York , New York -

Notes

Younger sister and fellow actress Christina Vidal, quoted in New York's Daily News, Januray 2, 2001: "I learned from Lisa and always wanted to be on TV like her, but there was no rivavly or jealousy between us. She was a wonderful teacher and set a great example."

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husband:
Jay Cohen. Real estate agent. Married in 1990.

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father:
Manny Vidal. Business and tax consultant.
mother:
Josie Vidal. Secretary.
sister:
Tanya Vidal. Younger.
brother:
Christian Vidal. Younger.
sister:
Christina Vidal. Actor. Born on November 18, 1981.
son:
Scott Cohen. Born c. 1992.
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