Actress Lisa Vidal made her television debut in the PBS series “Oye Willie” in 1980, but is probably best remembered as Inspector Ramirez in Lifetime's police drama “The Division” (2001-2004), from which she netted an ALMA nomination and an Imagen nomination. She also portrayed Jessica Helgado in the short lived series “High Incident” (1996-1997), where she took home a NCLR Bravo nomination. Noted for her performances in TV movies, the dark haired actress of Puerto Rican extraction received an Imagen Award for her work in the television movie “Odd Girl Out” (2005) and ALMA nominations for her role in CBS' miniseries “The Third Twin” (1997) and ABC's TV film “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (1998). Other TV credits include recurring roles in the hit dramas “ER” (2001-2004), “Third Watch” (1999-2001) and Fox's “New York Undercover” (1994-1995), as well as guest starring roles in such popular shows as “The Cosby Show,” “Miami Vice,” “Law & Order,” “Boston Legal” and “Numb3rs.” On the wide screen, Vidal has acted in such movies as “Delivery Boys” (1985), “Night and the City” (1992, with Robert De Niro), “Like It Like That” (1994), Woody Allen's “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995), Eric Schaeffer's “Fall” (1997), Disney's “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1998), “Chasing Papi” (2003) and “Dark Mirror” (2008). She then guest starred in the series “Without a Trace” (2009) and “CSI: Miami” (2009) and as a newscaster in the movie “Signal Lost” (2009) and appeared in the 2009 remake of “Star Trek,” which starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy and Karl Urban, to name a few. In 2010, she will appear as Christina Martinez in the dramatic series “The Event.”
As for her personal life, Vidal has been married to Jay Cohen since 1990. They have three children together. In her free time, she loves creating scrapbooks with her children and salsa dancing.
Vidal owns and operates Oodles, a children's clothing store based in Studio City, California.
Mother of 3
Childhood and Family:
Lisa Vidal was born on June 13, 1965, in New York, New York, to Puerto Rican immigrants Manny and Josie Vidal. The eldest child of the family, she has a brother named Christian and two sisters named Tanya and Christina (also an actress). She was educated at the prestigious Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts, Hunter College, City University of New York, and State University of New York. She began acting at age 14.
Lisa married Joe Cohen in 1990. She gave birth to her first child, Scott Jarred Cohan, in 1992. Her second son, Max, was born in 1998. In July 2003, the couple welcomed their daughter Olivia into the world. The family currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Odd Girl Out
A graduate of New York City's renowned High School of Performing Arts, Lisa Vidal kicked off her acting career when she was 14 years old by working in theater. She moved to television the following year to star in the PBS series “Oye Willie,” alongside Robert Earl Jones and Alfonso Ribeiro. Her feature acting debut arrived in a small role as a maid named Tina in the 1985 comedy “Delivery Boys.” She made her TV movie debut in the Golden Globe nominated “Christmas Eve” (1986), in which she was cast as Maria. The rest of the decade saw her appear in the ABC Afterschool Special “Class Act: A Teacher's Story” (1987) and the horror movie “Nightmare Beach” (1988). She also landed guest spots in the hit sitcom “The Cosby Show” (1987) and the Don Johnson series “Miami Vice” (1988).
A busy actor on the small screen, Vidal played Lisa Diaz in the moving drama “In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story” (1991), another ABC Afterschool Special that received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children's Program, and had a guest role in the NBC series “Law & Order” the next year. From 1994 to 1995, she had the recurring role of Carmen, the sister of police detective Eddie (played by Michael DeLorenzo), on the Fox series “New York Undercover” and then took a two episode part as a Manhattan policewoman named Connie Muldoon on the ABC drama “The Commish” (1995). On the big screen, Vidal received a role in Irwin Winkler's “Night and the City” (1992), a modern version of the 1950 classic of the same name, and the supporting role of Magdalena Soto in “Like It Like That” (1994). She was also featured in the Woody Allen comedy “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995).
In 1996, Vidal landed a regular role on the ABC series “High Incident,” a critically acclaimed police drama produced by Steven Spielberg. As assertive officer Jessica Helgado, she was handed an NCLR Bravo nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Despite its success with critics, the show failed to ignite audiences and was canceled after a season in 1997. She next costarred in the independent romance “Destination Unknown” and offered a fine performance in the Eric Schaeffer directed/written comedy “Fall” (both 1997), but fared better as Lisa in the CBS miniseries “The Third Twin” (also 1997) and as Babs Cardoza in the ABC TV film remake “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (1998), both of which won Vidal ALMA nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series. She could also be seen in two episodes of Showtime’s “Naked City” (1998) and had a supporting role in Stuart Gordon's comedy “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (1998). She next landed the role of Julie in the CBS sitcom “The Brian Benben Show,” which debuted in September 1998. The series, however, was a flop and soon left the airwaves. Vidal closed out the 1990s with a high profile recurring role on the hit drama “Third Watch,” in which she played Dr. Sara Morales from 1999 to 2001, and a starring role in the Lifetime TV film “Hit and Run,” opposite Margaret Colin.
Entering the new millennium, Vidal teamed up with Daniel Baldwin and Hannes Jaenicke for the direct-to-video release “Active Stealth” (2000) and costarred with Mirian Colon in the drama “The Blue Diner” (2001), which nabbed a 2002 ALMA award for Best Independent Film. In January 2001, she began her regular gig on the Lifetime Channel “The Division,” a police drama that ran until 2004. Costarring with Amy Jo Johnson, Jose Yenque, Nancy McKeon and Bonnie Bedelia, she costarred as the single mother and detective Magdalena Ramirez and was handed a 2002 ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series and a 2004 Imagen nomination for Best Actress in a Television Drama for her work on the series. Vidal also played the recurring role of Sandy Lopez on the popular medical drama “ER” (2001-2004).
In between her work on “The Division” and “ER,” Vidal appeared in the motion picture “Chasing Papi” (2003), a comedy starring Roselyn Sanchez and Sofía Vergara. The following year, she returned to TV film to star with George Lopez in “Naughty or Nice,” playing Diana Ramiro. In “Odd Girl Out” (2005), a TV movie directed by Tom McLoughlin, she picked up an Imagen in the category of Best Actress - Television for her portrayal of Barbara. Vidal then played Irma Levine in two episodes of “Boston Legal” (2006), guest starred as Gina Sanchez and Jennifer Malloy in the series “Criminal Minds” (2006) and “Numb3rs” (2007), respectively, and played the role of Valez in the disappointing series “Smith” (2006-2007), which starred Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen.
More recently, Vidal starred as Deborah Martin in the thriller “Dark Mirror” (2008), which premiered at the New York Latino Film Festival in July 2007. She then guest starred in the series “Without a Trace” (2009) and “CSI: Miami” (2009) and as a newscaster in the movie “Signal Lost” (2009). She also appeared in the 2009 remake of “Star Trek,” which starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy and Karl Urban, to name a few. In 2010, she will appear as Christina Martinez in the dramatic series “The Event.”
Imagen: Best Actress - Television, “Odd Girl Out,” 2006