Who is Lisa Vidal?
Lisa Vidal was born on 13 June 1965, in Queens, New York City USA, and is an actress, known for her roles in television shows such as “The Event”, “ER”, “The Division”, and “Third Watch”. One of her most recent notable projects is the BET series “Being Mary Jane”, which she became a part of in 2013.
The Riches of Lisa Vidal
How rich is Lisa Vidal? As of early-2020, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1.2 million, earned largely through a successful career in acting. She’s been in the industry since the early 1980s, taking on film as well as TV projects.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Lisa grew up in Queens alongside two sisters and a brother – her mother worked as a secretary, while her father was a businessman and a tax consultant. She is of Puerto Rican descent, with both her parents originally from the island before settling in Manhattan. At a young age, she developed a strong interest towards performing, and auditioned for entry into the High School of Performing Arts and was accepted.
After matriculating from high school, she opted not to pursue a college education, instead joining Familia Theater Company, where she worked alongside Julia Roberts and Raul Julia. She set her sights towards finding a career as an acting professional, honing her skills there and appearing in theatrical productions. During this time, she gained her first on-screen debut too, with a small role in “Delivery Boys”.
She then started taking on small acting projects, appearing in the “Cosby Show”, after which she was cast in one of her first notable projects – “New York Undercover” – playing the recurring role of the reporter Carmen.
New York Undercover and Rise to Fame
“New York Undercover” is a FOX television network police drama, which began airing in 1994 and ended its run in 1999, and starred Malik Yoba as Detective JC Williams, joining Michael DeLorenzo who played Detective Eddie Torres. The show follows the story of the two detectives working undercover to investigate gang cases and other crimes.
The show is set in the same fictional universe as “Law & Order”, as well as its spin-off, the “Chicago” series, and was the first police drama on US television to feature two people of color in starring roles. Lisa continued in acting projects such as “Odd Girl Out”, “Naughty or Nice”, “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”, and “I Like It Like That”. She also had a role in “Night and the City”, appearing alongside Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange.
#LisaVidal PictureLisa Vidal attends The Paley Center for Media Presents Exclusive Premiere of BET Networks' 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 at The Paley Center for Media on December 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills
In 1995, she was cast as a series regular in the ABC police drama entitled “High Incident”, but which lasted for only a year – the show was created by Steven Spielberg, and is a play on terms used by Southern California law enforcement radio practices – a Code 2 High means that officers are to respond immediately, but not necessarily with lights and siren. The word incident is also used to determine what kind of problem has been reported.
Lisa continued her string of regular appearances and recurring roles in shows such as “The Brian Benben Show”, as well as “Third Watch”. In 2001, she was cast as firefighter Sandy Lopez in the medical drama series “ER”, a role which she held for three years, following the life of staff members in the emergency room (ER) of a fictional County General Hospital in Chicago.
While working on “ER”, she also appeared in “The Division” which aired on Lifetime. It is a police procedural drama series focused on a team of women detectives and officers working as a part of the San Francisco Police Department. The show ran for three seasons, and Lisa received an ALMA Award nomination for her performance in it. After roles in “Smith” and “the Event”, she was then cast in the BET drama series entitled “Being Mary Jane” in 2013, and still going. One of her latest projects is the ABC series “The Baker & The Beauty”, which started airing in 2019.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, Vidal married real estate agent Jay Cohen in 1990, and they have two boys and a daughter; the family resides in Los Angeles, California. She is known to have previously owned a children’s clothing store called Oodles which was located in Studio City, California, but was eventually shut down. Her two sisters would go on to pursue acting careers as well.
Despite all of her work in the acting profession, and unlike many actresses, she doesn’t have any strong presence online, no accounts on any of the major social media websites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to help preserve her privacy and keep a division between her personal and her professional life.