Amy Brenneman

Actor, Producer, TV series creator
Though she hailed from a family steeped in the law, actress Amy Brenneman displayed her natural gifts for performing at an early age. After spending several years in a traveling company that performed classic plays in ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1964 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

The Leftovers 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Lesser Prophets 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reign 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Face of Love 2014 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Private Practice 2007 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Eleanor Stone (Actor)

Downloading Nancy 2009 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

Shelly Barnes (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Grey's Anatomy 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jane Austen Book Club 2007 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Lorna (Actor)

Off the Map 2005 (Movie)

Adult Bo (Actor)

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home For the Holidays 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am My Mother's Daughter 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

ATF 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Suburbans 1999 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Your Friends & Neighbors 1998 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Nevada 1997 (Movie)

Chrysty (Actor)

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

Madelyne Thompson (Actor)

Fear 1996 (Movie)

Laura Walker (Actor)

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Casper 1995 (Movie)

Amelia (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Eady (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Middle Ages 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Nevada 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

Though she hailed from a family steeped in the law, actress Amy Brenneman displayed her natural gifts for performing at an early age. After spending several years in a traveling company that performed classic plays in small towns across America, Brenneman made a name for herself with a memorable, but ultimately short-lived stint as a morally ambiguous cop on the gritty "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). She parlayed that early success into several feature roles; most notably in the crime thriller "Heat" (1995), before returning to the small screen for "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005), a legal drama partially based on her mother's life and career that Brenneman helped create and produce. Over the course of six seasons, Brenneman received consistent critical acclaim, as well as a few Emmy Award nominations. Despite continued work in features, including a noted performance as part of the ensemble cast in "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" (Showtime, 2001), Brenneman was a prominent regular on shows like "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007- ), where she made the greatest strides of her career.

Relationships

Russell Brenneman

Father

Frederica Brenneman

Mother
Served on Connecticut State Supreme Court

Andrew Brenneman

Brother
Born c. 1961

Matthew Brenneman

Brother
Born c. 1960

Brad Silberling

Husband
Directed the feature "Casper" (1995) married Sept. 30, 1995

Charlotte Silberling

Daughter
Born March 20, 2001 father, Brad Silberling

Bodhi Silberling

Son
Born June 8, 2005 father, Brad Silberling

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1987
Took one semester off to study native dance in Nepal; while at Harvard, she co-founded Cornerstone Theater Company

Milestones

2008

Re-teamed with Al Pacino for the thriller, "88 Minutes"

2007

Cast as Psychiatrist, Dr. Violet Turner in the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off, "Private Practice" (ABC)

2007

Cast in the feature adatation of "The Jane Austen Book Club," as Sylvia a 50-something year old who is going through a troubling separation

2005

Starred with Joan Allen and Sam Elliott in "Off the Map" directed by Campbell Scott

2005

Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women

2000

Acted in the Sundance screened feature "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her" (aired on Showtime in 2001)

1999

Featured in the independent police drama "Lesser Prophets" with fellow "NYPD Blue" veteran Jimmy Smits

1999

Returned to series TV as a jurist and single mother in "Judging Amy" (CBS); Silberling directed the pilot; also executive produced and was one of the series' creators; received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Lead Actress from 2000-2002 and a SAG no

1999

Starred as the titular painter in the HBO biopic "Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist"

1998

Played an unhappily married woman in Neil LaBute's "Your Friends and Neighbors"

1998

Had recurring role as a love interest to Kelsey Grammer's "Frasier" (NBC)

1997

Co-produced and co-starred in the independent film "Nevada"

1997

Had leading role in the Off-Broadway play "God's Heart"

1996

Appeared in the stalker thriller "Fear"

1996

Starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the actioner "Daylight"

1995

Played Christina Ricci's deceased mother in "Casper"; helmed by Silberling

1995

Featured opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Michael Mann's "Heat"

1995

Co-starred in the divorce-themed comedy-drama "Bye Bye, Love"

1993

Played Officer Janice Licalsi on the ABC series, "NYPD Blue"; earned Emmy (1994, 1995) nominations for Best Supporting Actress; future husband Brad Silberling directed episodes

1992

Starred in "Saint Joan of the Stockyards" at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut

1992

Made series debut on the acclaimed but short-lived CBS series, "Middle Ages"

1990

Appeared in the Cornerstone Theater's adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's, "The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife"

Raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut

Bonus Trivia

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Brenneman is one of the co-founders of the Cornerstone Theater Company.

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"When people get upset you know something is happening. But why do something if you're not going to touch a nerve?" - Brenneman in USA Today, Feb. 22, 1994

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"People always talk about how they don't like shooting love scenes. I really don't mind it. I don't know what that says about me." - Brenneman to Us Weekly, February 1995

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On her role as producer for "Judging Amy" (CBS): "I do find it's a very different part of my brain that works. Producing is the bird's-eye-view, the big picture, while acting is purely moment-to-moment. It helps cut down on the paranoia that actors usually feel that things are going on they don't know about. It's about information, when I don't have information, I can go into a paranoid, grouchy place, you can kind of breathe easier." - Brenneman to the Daily News, Oct. 13, 1999

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Brenneman on some critics' assertion that "Judging Amy" (CBS) is too much like NBC's hit drama "Providence": "What's infuriating is, why can't there be two shows about women? There can be a bunch of shows about male cops and nobody thinks twice about it." - quoted in USA Today, Nov. 2, 1999

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Brenneman's first big break was in a Tampax commercial

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