Kim Delaney

Actor, Producer, Model
A willowy brunette who segued from soap star to primetime performer, Kim Delaney began her career as a model while still attending high school in her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating, she headed to ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

10.5 Apocalypse 1994 - 1995, 2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Army Wives 1994 - 1995, 2005 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1987 - 1988, 1994 - 2001, 2005 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1994 - 2001, 2003, 2005 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The O.C. 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Infidelity 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Philly 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Radio Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Totally Tube 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis Franz: Out of the Blue 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

Maggie McConnell (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Child 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

It Just Takes One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Darkman II: The Return of Durant 1995 (Movie)

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Serial Killer 1995 (Movie)

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The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Metalbeast 1994 (Movie)

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The Force 1994 (Movie)

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The Temptress 1994 (Movie)

Karin Swann (Actor)

Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fifth Corner 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Body Parts 1991 (Movie)

Karen Chrushank (Actor)

Hangfire 1991 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The Sacrifice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tour of Duty 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Campus Man 1987 (Movie)

Dayna Thomas (Actor)

Hunter's Blood 1987 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

The Drifter 1987 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Sister Mary (Actor)

That Was Then...This Is Now 1985 (Movie)

Cathy Carlson (Actor)

10.5 (TV Show)

Actor

All Lies End in Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Closer and Closer (TV Show)

Actor

Cracked Up (TV Show)

Actor

Finding a Family (TV Show)

Actor

First Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Treason (TV Show)

Actor

Something Is Out There (TV Show)

Actor

Take My Daughters, Please (TV Show)

Actor

Tall, Dark and Deadly (TV Show)

Actor

The Broken Cord (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A willowy brunette who segued from soap star to primetime performer, Kim Delaney began her career as a model while still attending high school in her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating, she headed to NYC to try her hand at a career and was signed by the prestigious Elite Modeling Agency. Soon, her face was decorating the covers of such popular magazines as Seventeen and Glamour. At the same time, Delaney was training for a crossover career in acting, studying with well-known NYC teacher William Esper. Her determination paid off when she landed the role of the virginal teen heroine Jenny Gardner on the long-running ABC daytime serial "All My Children" in 1981. Over the course of her three years on the show, her character, who was from the wrong side of the tracks, underwent numerous trials as she attempted to hook up with her true love, the all-American Greg Nelson (portrayed by Laurence Lau).

Not one to stay put for very long, Delaney was chafing under the confines of her contract and the rigors of working in daytime. Although she had appeared in the CBS movie "First Affair" in 1983 and earned a Daytime Emmy nod, the actress opted to walk away from "All My Children" while her character was at the height of her popularity. When Jenny was killed by a deranged stalker, fans mourned, but Delaney had already set her sights on feature films.

Delaney made an auspicious debut in Hollywood as the girl who comes between friends Emilio Estevez and Craig Sheffer in the teen drama "That Was Then ... This Is Now" (1985) but the film proved only modestly intriguing to its target audience. Having been raised Catholic, it was perhaps not much of a stretch for her to play a nun in "The Delta Force" (1986; interestingly, her ex-husband Charles Grant also acted in the film). Like a lot of actresses, though, she had a hard time finding juicy roles, instead relegated to genre fare like the college comedy "Campus Man" (1987). Delaney did land one intriguing part, that of a woman who picks up a hitchhiker and after a night of passion, finds herself unable to be rid of him in the low-budget thriller "The Drifter" (1988).

Returning to the small screen, Delaney landed a 1987 recurring role on the hit NBC series "L.A. Law" in the first four episodes of the show's second season. Several unexceptional TV-movies followed before the actress co-starred with Joe Cortese (who would become her second husband) in the NBC sci-fi miniseries "Something Is Out There" in 1988. The following year, she was hired for the recurring role of journalist Alex Devlin in the Vietnam-set drama "Tour of Duty" but left the series when she became pregnant with her son.

After time out for motherhood, Delaney was again cast as a reporter, this time one on the trail of a undercover agent suspected of murder in the short-lived spy drama "The Fifth Corner" (NBC, 1992). She offered a strong performance opposite Jimmy Smits in the based-on-fact drama "The Broken Cord" (ABC, 1992), about a couple who adopt a Native American child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She rounded out that year cast in the title role in the NBC miniseries adaptation of "Jackie Collins' Lady Boss".

Delaney then got sidetracked in number of subpar projects (like 1994's direct-to-video "Temptress" and "Darkman II: The Return of Durant"). She caught a break landing the role of alcoholic cop Diane Russell in a four-episode arc on "NYPD Blue" in 1995. Again cast opposite Smits (as Det. Bobby Simone), the actress sizzled in the part and the producers made overtures to the actress to have the character return on a regular basis. While Delaney had been prone to walking away from success in the past, she made the commitment and joined the permanent cast of the popular police drama in the fall of 1995. Over the course of her six-year run on the drama, Russell coped with her relationship with Simone, his untimely death and other troubles. In 1997, she received the Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. While working on the show, she managed to find time to appear in several telefilms, including "The Devil's Child" (ABC, 1997), a spin on "Rosemary's Baby" that marked her debut as a producer.

Producer Steven Bochco recognized that Delaney's talents weren't always being given a proper forum in an ensemble-driven series like "NYPD Blue", so when she opted to leave at the end of her contract in 2001, he created the ABC legal drama "Philly" expressly for her. The role Bochco wrote was a dream part for any actress -- a divorced woman juggling raising a son as well as maintaining a high-powered law practice. Delaney tore into her first series lead and proved more than capable of carrying a drama series. In 2002, she co-starred with David Caruso in the CBS crime series "CSI: Miami."

Relationships

Alan Barnette

Companion
met in 1992 when both worked on "The Broken Cord" (ABC) announced engagement in February 1997 has son Cameron (born c. 1989) from previous marriage

Joe Cortese

Husband
born in 1949 married in 1989 divorced in 1994

Jack Cortese

Son
born in 1990 father, actor Joe Cortese

Jack Delaney

Father
retired head of United Auto Workers local

Joan Delaney

Mother

Ed Delaney

Brother
older

John Delaney

Brother
older

Keith Delaney

Brother
younger

Patrick Delaney

Brother
younger

Charles Grant

Husband
born in 1957 married in 1981 divorced in less than a year

EDUCATION

William Esper Studio

New York , New York

J.W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2007

Co-starred on the Lifetime ensemble drama "Army Wives"

2005

Joined cast of "The O.C." during the 2004-05 season

2004

Starred in the NBC disaster miniseries "10.5"

2002

Co-starred in the CBS drama mystery "CSI: Miami" but was dropped from the cast after shooting just 10 episodes; network thought Delaney's character was becoming less integral to the series; speculations that friction between Delaney and co-star David Car

2001

Starred in the Steven Bochco-produced ABC legal drama "Philly"; debuted in fall; role of feisty lawyer Kathleen Maguire created for her by Bochco

2001

Portrayed the wife of a naval officer who turns in her husband after discovering he was selling military secrets in the CBS drama "Love and Treason"

2000

Had featured role in "Mission to Mars"

1997

Debut as co-executive producer on the ABC movie "The Devil's Child"; also starred

1996

Portrayed a wheelchair-bound author in the Lifetime movie "Closer and Closer"

1995

Starred in the USA Network thriller "Tall, Dark and Deadly"

1995

Had title role in the direct-to-video release "Temptress"

1995

Joined "NYPD Blue" in recurring role of Detective Diane Russell in spring; became regular as of the 1995-1996 season; teamed romantically onscreen with Smits; left show in spring 2001

1992

Had regular role on the short-lived NBC spy drama "The Fifth Corner"

1992

Starred opposite Jimmy Smits in the fact-based ABC movie "The Broken Cord," about fetal alcohol syndrome

1992

Acted opposite then-husband Joe Cortese in the NBC miniseries "Jackie Collins' Lady Boss"

1988

Starred opposite future second husband Joe Cortese in the NBC miniseries "Something Is Out There"

1988

Joined cast of the CBS Vietnam-era series "Tour of Duty," playing journalist Alex Devlin; left in 1989 when she became pregnant

1987

Played female lead in "Campus Man"

1987

Had recurring role on the popular NBC legal series "L.A. Law"; Jimmy Smits was featured in the cast

1986

Co-starred in "The Delta Force" playing a nun; first husband Charles Grant (then billed as Charles Floye) was also in the cast

1986

Made guest appearance on the CBS series "The Equalizer"

1985

Feature film debut in "That Was Then ... This Is Now"

1983

TV-movie debut in "First Affair" (CBS)

1981

Signed as client by the Elite Modeling Agency; appeared on covers of Seventeen and Glamour

1981

Had regular role of the virginal Jenny Gardner on the ABC daytime serial "All My Children"; earned Daytime Emmy nomination in 1983

Began modeling while still in high school

Raised in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia

Was a spokesperson for Revlon Ultima II cosmetics

Bonus Trivia

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"Kim has an unabashed sexuality." – David Milch, co-creator and executive producer of ABC's "NYPD Blue"

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About some of her choices in film roles, Delaney explained to USA Today (Nov. 14, 1995): "Some movies you do, you know they're terrible, but you do them for a reason – money."

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"She's got this charisma. She became outrageously popular with the public." – Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin on "All My Children") in People, Dec. 18, 1995

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"I've never paid that much attention to the press or what people say to me – producers, boyfriends – that's for all the stuff you've done, they don't really know you'." – Delaney quoted in the Daily News' TV insert New York Vu, Feb. 18-24, 1996

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On her role as Det. Russell on "NYPD Blue", Delaney told Entertainment Weekly (Dec. 13, 1996) – "I've been waiting for years to play a character like this."

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"There are moments sometimes when [life] feels like a lot to handle. But I know that if I don't fall apart, then I'll be able to do it all." – Delaney quoted in Us, February 1999

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In January 2002, Delaney was arrested on suspicion of driving with intoxicated outside her Malibu home. She received probation and sentenced to attend a safe-driving course after pleading no contest to reckless driving. The court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to charge her with drunk driving.

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In May 2006, Delaney checked into the Promises Rehab Center in Malibu, CA

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On Sept. 23, 2011, Delaney was escorted off stage during a speech in front of members of the military at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The actress was incoherent and, at times, slurred and veered off the script from the teleprompter.

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