Quick Facts of Luna Lauren Velez

  • Full NameLuna Lauren Velez
  • Net Worth$3 Million
  • Date of Birth02 November, 1964
  • NicknameVelez
  • Marital Status Divorced
  • BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York
  • Ethnicity Peurto Rican
  • Religion Christian
  • ProfessionActress
  • Nationality American
  • Active Year1994-present
  • Eye colour Brown
  • Hair colour Black
  • BuildMesomorph
  • SpouseMark Gordon (m. 1997 to d.v. 2003)
  • Height5 feet 4½ inches (1.64 m)
  • Body MeasurementSlim
  • Education Alvin Ailey Dance School
  • Online PresenceInstagram (49.2k followers), Twitter (11k followers)
  • Horoscope Scorpio
Lauren Velez

Lauren Velez is an American actress, most popular for her role as Maria LaGuerta in the American television crime drama series, Dexter. She is also best known for her appearance in the comedy-drama movie, I Like It Like That as Lisette Linares for which she won an Independent Spirit Awards for Best Female Lead.

Velez is a divorced woman as of 2019. She was formerly married to Mark Gordon. Does she share any children from her marriage? Explore more about Velez’s personal life below.

Who Is Lauren Velez? Bio & Wiki

Lauren Velez was born as Luna Lauren Velez on 2nd November 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Moreover, she is of American nationality and hails from Puerto Rican descent. Her father is a New York City Police Department officer. She grew up with her twin sister, Loraine Velez, a singer and actress.

Childhood photo of Lauren Velez while dancing on the stage.
Childhood photo of Lauren Velez while dancing on the stage.

Velez attended a drama school where she participated in many musical plays like Fiddler on the Roof. Later, she enrolled at the Alvin Ailey Dance School with a scholarship. Velez went to learn acting at the Acting Studio where she became friends with an artistic director, James Price.

Inside Of Lauren Velez’s Career

Lauren Velez started her career from the American comedy-drama movie, I Like It Like That where she played the role of Lisette Linares in 1994. Later, she appeared as Elaine Santos in the suspense drama movie, City Hall in 1996. She also featured in the romantic comedy movie, I Think I Do as Carol in 1997. Her other movie credits are Rosewood Lane, The First Purge, etc.

Lauren Velez arrives at the official Showtime after party for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Verandah Room at The Peninsula Hotel on 11th January 2009, in Beverly Hills, California. 
Lauren Velez arrives at the official Showtime after party for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Verandah Room at The Peninsula Hotel on 11th January 2009, in Beverly Hills, California. Source: Zimbio

Velez made her appearance in the American television mystery series, The Cosby Mysteries where she played the role of Claudine Palmeri in an episode of The Hit Parade in 1995. Furthermore, she starred as Detective, Nina Moreno in the police drama series, New York Undercover from 1995 to 1999. She also guests appeared in many TV shows including Law & Order, Numbers, etc.

How Much Is Lauren Velez’s Net Worth?

Lauren Velez has an impressive net worth of $3 Million as of 2019. Having a fruitful wealth, she also makes a lucrative fortune from her other works which include advertisements, cameo roles, etc. She earns a salary in the range of $1.5 to $2 Million yearly. Some of her hit movies with their budget and box office collections are;

Movies Box Office Collection Budget IMDb
On 16th February 1996 – City Hall $20.3 Million $8 Million (est.) 6.2
On 20th June 1997I Think I Do $345,478 $100,000 (est.) 6.8
On 4th July 2018The First Purge $137 Million $13 Million 5.1
On 14th December 2018 –  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse $375.5 Million $90 Million 8.5
On 14th June 2019Shaft $18.8 Million $30-$35 Million 6.4

Velez co-starred with Preston Bailey who has a net worth of $1 Million and Christina Robinson whose wealth is $0.5 Million in the American television crime drama mystery series, Dexter. She also appeared with many famous actors who have maintained a handsome wealth.

Velez is active in the entertainment industry from a very long time and there also are interesting upcoming projects of her. So, these projects will definitely aid Velez to add an extra amount to her bank account. Currently, she is probably living a luxurious life.

Lauren Velez’s Personal Life: Married, Husband, Children

Lauren Velez met her husband, Mark Gordon, an American producer for the first time on the set of A Pyromaniac’s Love Story where Gordon worked as a producer and Velez on the starring. After working for many years, they expressed their feelings and became engaged.

The couple tied the knot in 1997, in Brooklyn, New York. In their wedding, they invited their close friends and relatives. After being in a marital relationship for six years, the pair separated in 2003 due to irreconcilable differences. They don’t have any children from their marriage.

Lauren Velez (L) and husband Mark Gordon arrive at the opening night of "In The Heights" at the Pantages Theatre on June 23, 2010 in Hollywood, California
Lauren Velez and her husband, Mark Gordon arrive at the opening night of In The Heights at the Pantages Theatre on 23rd June 2010, in Hollywood, California.                                                                                            Source: Zimbio

Other than that, Velez isn’t involved in any extra-marital relationship affairs with any other person. So far, there are no rumors and controversies regarding her personal life and career.

Velez is active on social media and has a huge number of fan following. Moreover, she loves to share photos while traveling to new and exotic places. Currently, she resides in New York with her family and friends.

Interesting Facts About Lauren Velez

  • Lauren Velez is very close to her twin sister, Larraine.
  • Velez worked with Terry Kinney and Katheryn Winnick in Oz.
  • She stands at the height of 5 feet inches (1.64 m).
  • She is now 54 years old.
  • Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.