Jill Hennessy

Actor, Musician, Director
Raven-haired actress Jill Hennessy's self-confidence and maturity led to early success as a cast member of the enduring crime drama series "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), in the role of Assistant District Attorney ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1968 in Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Actor (33)

The Curse of Downers Grove 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Luck 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Roadie 2012 (Movie)

Nikki (Actor)

Small Town Murder Songs 2011 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

The Dawn Rider 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lymelife 2009 (Movie)

Brenda Bartlett (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2001 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

Kelly Madsen (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1993 - 1996, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1993 - 1996, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Love in the Time of Money 2002 (Movie)

Ellen Walker (Actor)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

Annette Mulcahy (Actor)

Two Ninas 2001 (Movie)

Mike--The Bartender (Actor)

Autumn in New York 2000 (Movie)

Lynn (Actor)

Chutney Popcorn 2000 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Komodo 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

Susan Brookes (Actor)

Row Your Boat 1998 (Movie)

Patti (Actor)

A Smile Like Yours 1997 (Movie)

Lindsay Hamilton (Actor)

Dead Broke 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Most Wanted 1997 (Movie)

Victoria Constanini (Actor)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Deanne White (Actor)

Flying Blind 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

Dr Marie Lazarus (Actor)

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Raven-haired actress Jill Hennessy's self-confidence and maturity led to early success as a cast member of the enduring crime drama series "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), in the role of Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid for three seasons. Perhaps due in part to the nomadic nature of her childhood, Hennessy refused to limit her creative output, picking up parts in feature films like Ron Howard's ensemble drama "The Paper" (1994) and a supporting role in the indie biopic "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1995). After her departure from "Law & Order," she had more small turns on the big screen in projects such as the romantic-comedy "A Smile Like Yours" (1997), as well as the cliché-ridden action movie "Most Wanted" (1997). Hennessy made a return to television in the historical miniseries "Nuremburg" (TNT, 2001), as an attorney assisting Nazi war crimes prosecutor Alec Baldwin, prior to starring in a series of her own, "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07). As driven medical examiner Jordan Cavannaugh, she doggedly pursued justice for those no longer able to secure it for themselves. After "Crossing Jordan" completed its run, there were more film roles for Hennessy, such as the critically panned, but commercially successful, "Wild Hogs" (2007) and the independent family melodrama "Lymelife" (2008). While never a major marquee name, Hennessy's talent and likability allowed her to continue to work on projects both pragmatic and personal.

Relationships

John Hennessy

Father
Raised his children with the help of family after his wife left in 1982

Maxine Hennessy

Mother
Left her husband and children in 1982 Hennessy told TV Guide (Nobermber 30, 2001) that her mother "requested that we not be in touch with her, and I'm not sure where she is today"

John Hennessy

Brother
Born c. 1974

Jacqueline Hennessy

Sister
Twin with sister played prostitutes in "Dead Ringers" (1988) appeared with Hennessy in "The Acting Class" (2000)

Eleanor Hennessy

Grandmother
Helped to raise Jill and her siblings after her parents' divorce

Paolo Mastropietro

Husband
Eloped in Cantalice, Italy on October 1, 2000 had a second marriage ceremony in January 2001 at New York's City Hall performed by Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Gianni Mastropietro

Son
Born Nobermber 21, 2007 father is Paolo Mastropietro

Marco Mastropietro

Son
Born September 17, 2003 father is Paolo Mastropietro

EDUCATION

Grand River Collegiate Institute

Kitchener , Ontario

Milestones

2011

Acted alongside Ron Eldard and Bobby Cannavale in "Roadie"

2008

Co-starred with Rory Culkin and Alec Baldwin in the family comedy drama "Lymelife"

2007

Cast as Tim Allen's wife in the comedy adventure "Wild Hogs"

2002

Landed featured role in the romantic comedy "The End of Love"; film featured at the Sundance Film Festival

2001

Returned to series TV as an unconventional medical examiner on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"

2001

Cast as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot" (NBC)

2000

Wrote, co-directed (with Elizabeth Holder) and starred in the comedy "The Acting Class"; twin sister Jacqueline has featured role; former TV co-stars Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth and Benjamin Bratt co-star

2000

Returned to the legal world as the assistant to the chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals in "Nuremberg" (TNT)

1999

Cast as the doctor who "cures" the title character's autism in "Molly"

1999

Played the lesbian lover of an Indian woman who decides to serve as a surrogate mother in "Chutney Popcorn"

1997

Co-starred with Keenen Ivory Wayans as an eyewitness to a political assassination in "Most Wanted"

1997

Appeared as an architect who tries to seduce a construction worker in the comedy "A Smile Like Yours"

1996

Announced she was leaving cast of "Law & Order"

1993

First prominent feature film role, "Robocop 3"

1993

Joined the cast of the acclaimed NBC police and courtroom drama "Law & Order" playing assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid

1990

At age 20, moved to NYC

1990

Made Broadway debut as the musician's Puerto Rican wife in the musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"

1988

Feature film debut in a bit part as half a pair of twin prostitutes in "Dead Ringers"; her sister played the other twin

1987

Moved to Toronto at age 18

Supported herself as a bartender, waitress and street performer

As a teenager, began performing with an improvisational comedy troupe in Canada

Lived with father and siblings in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Raised in Canada; family moved frequently because of father's work

Became interested in a performing career at age 12 after parents' separation

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm closing a chapter. It's bittersweet, but I'm psyched. Am I going to be begging for quarters in Central Park or doing what I've always wanted to do, feature films? Going into the unknown, that's my motif in life. I follow what my gut tells me to do." – Hennessy on leaving "Law & Order" to TV Guide, May 4, 1996

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In 1999, the actress and her future husband opened Hennessy's Tavern in Northvale, NJ.

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"Remove the anger, and Jill is Jordan. She's not precious but down-to-earth and bawdy. Jill can run with the big dogs." – "Crossing Jordan" co-star Miguel Ferrer to TV Guide, Nov. 24-30, 2001

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"I'm a laid back, guitar-playing chick!" – Hennessy to Biography, Summer 2004

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