Veronica Hamel

Actor, Model
An intelligent brunette who went from playing public defender Joyce Davenport on "Hill Street Blues" to becoming a fixture in TV-movies, Veronica Hamel began her showbiz career as an Eileen Ford model. After about a ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

The Last Leprechaun 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bone Eater 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Philly 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Invasion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk to Me 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Care of Business 1990 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Twist of Fate 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

Kay Hutton (Actor)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering, Part II 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Suzanne Constantine (Actor)

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

Nikki (Actor)

Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

Linda Maxwell (Actor)

City of Angels 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

A Child's Cry For Help (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Snatcher (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Medicine (TV Show)

Actor

Determination of Death (TV Show)

Actor

Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Actor

In the Blink of an Eye (TV Show)

Actor

Kane & Abel (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Obsession (TV Show)

Actor

She Said No (TV Show)

Actor

Ski Lift to Death (TV Show)

Actor

Stop at Nothing (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger in My Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Disappearance of Nora (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Actor

Twist of Fate (Movie)

Deborah (Actor)

Biography

An intelligent brunette who went from playing public defender Joyce Davenport on "Hill Street Blues" to becoming a fixture in TV-movies, Veronica Hamel began her showbiz career as an Eileen Ford model. After about a decade as a model, she turned to acting. Based in New York, Hamel appeared in Off-Off Broadway productions and toured in a road company of "Cactus Flower" before settling in Los Angeles in 1975. She was soon appearing in TV episodics, such as "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Rockford Files," as well as telefilms like "City of Angels" (NBC, 1976). Hamel's profile in TV grew after she appeared as Helen Thornton in the Emmy-winning "The Gathering" (ABC,1977), and its 1979 NBC sequel. By the time "Hill Street Blues" came along in 1980, the buzz on Hamel was already there--she was to be a star. Due to an actors' strike, the premiere of the series was delayed until 1981, but its debut brought Hamel instant recognition. Her character was a bit too serious, maybe even dour, but she worked in a harsh world. She seemingly could only relax with her lover, police captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J Travanti), whom Joyce affectionately dubbed "Pizza Man." The role earned Hamel five Emmy nominations and led to her being cast as the survivor Jennifer in the 1981 CBS remake of "Jacqueline Susann's 'Valley of the Dolls'." Once "Hill Street" departed the airwaves, Hamel began churning out TV-movies in both the thriller and tearjerker genres. Among her numerous credits are "The Conviction of Kitty Dodds" (CBS, 1993), as a woman who escapes from prison who saves a man's life and caught, "The Shadow of Obsession" (NBC, 1994), as a college professor framed for a crime, and "A Child's Cry for Help" (NBC, 1994) as a doctor who cares too much. In 1995, Hamel showed her flair for comedy assuming the role if Lily Munster (originated by Yvonne DeCarlo) in "Here Come the Munsters" (Fox).

EDUCATION

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Milestones

2001

Had a recurring role as a judge on the ABC series "Philly", produced by Steven Bochco

1997

Starred in the CBS telefilm "Stranger in My Home"

1996

Acted in the ABC movie "Talk Time"

1995

Did comic turn in "Here Come the Munsters" (Fox)

1990

Last feature film to date "Taking Care of Business"

1988

Co-starred in Alan Alda's "A New Life"

1981

Starred in miniseries remake of "The Valley of the Dolls"

1977

Co-starred in miniseries "79 Park Avenue"

1976

Made feature film debut in "Cannonball"

1975

Moved to Los Angeles

Made stage debut in Off-Off-Broadway production of "The Big Knife"

Appeared in touring company of "Cactus Flower"

Was model with Eileen Ford Agency for ten years

TV series debut as Joyce Davenport on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

Bonus Trivia

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In an April 4, 1994 interview in the New York Post, Hamel revealed she had been offered a key role in the feature film "The Natural" but had to turn it down because of her "Hill Street Blues" schedule.

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