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      Jill Hennessy

      Jill Hennessy

      Highest Rated: 89% The Paper (1994)

      Lowest Rated: 6% A Smile Like Yours (1997)

      Birthday: Nov 25, 1968

      Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      The Paper
      Standing Up, Falling Down
      Small Town Murder Songs
      Roadie
      Two Ninas
      Lymelife
      The Road to Galena
      Exit Wounds

      Photos

      Jill Hennessy Jill Hennessy in attendance for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends VIP Night, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY February 20, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for The American Museum Of Natural History 2018 Gala, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY November 15, 2018. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for DOLORES Premiere, Metrograph, New York, NY August 21, 2017. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Jill Hennessey at arrivals for THE INFILTRATOR Premiere, AMC Loews Lincoln Square, New York, NY July 11, 2016. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for HE NAMED ME MALALA Premiere, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY September 24, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for HAPPYish SHOWTIME Series Premiere, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, New York, NY April 20, 2015. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for The Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala: Saint-Saens' 'Samson et Dalila', Lincoln Center, New York, NY September 24, 2018. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for First Season Premiere of LUCK on HBO, Mandalay Bay Theatre, Las Vegas, NV January 26, 2012. Photo By: MORA/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for LUCK Series Premiere on HBO, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA January 25, 2012. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for LUCK Series Premiere on HBO, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA January 25, 2012. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for LUCK Series Premiere on HBO, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA January 25, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jill Hennessy at arrivals for LUCK Series Premiere on HBO, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA January 25, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Madam Secretary, Tim Daly (L), Jill Hennessy (R), 09/21/2014, ©CBS ROBOCOP 3, Stanley Anderson, Jill Hennessy, Robert John Burke, Remy Ryan, Robert DoQui, Daniel Von Bargen, 1993. (c) Orion Pictures. MOST WANTED, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jill Hennessy, 1997, © New Line Cinema EXIT WOUNDS, Jill Hennessey, DMX, Steven Seagal, 2001, (c)Warner Bros. LYMELIFE, from left: Jill Hennessy, Alec Baldwin, 2008. ©Screen Media Films LYMELIFE, from left: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, 2008. ©Screen Media Films LYMELIFE, from left: Jill Hennessy, Rory Culkin, 2008. ©Screen Media Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      36% 82% The Road to Galena Teresa Baird (Character) - 2022
      87% 86% Standing Up, Falling Down Vanessa (Character) - 2019
      9% 23% Don't Sleep Cindy Bradford (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 64% If I Had Wings Sandy Taylor (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 22% Dawn Rider Alice (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Agnes Leacock (Character) - 2012
      68% 32% Roadie Nikki (Character) $7.6K 2011
      79% 48% Small Town Murder Songs Rita (Character) $30.9K 2010
      64% 52% Lymelife Brenda Bartlett (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Game of Life Brenda (Character) - 2007
      14% 61% Wild Hogs Kelly Madsen (Character) $168.2M 2007
      18% 26% Love in the Time of Money Ellen Walker (Character) $6.3K 2002
      33% 45% Exit Wounds Annette Mulcahy (Character) $51.8M 2001
      20% 53% Autumn in New York Lynn (Character) $37.8M 2001
      No Score Yet 80% Jackie Ethel Joan: The Women of Camelot Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 73% Nuremberg Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Broke Kate (Character) - 1999
      14% 52% Molly Susan Brookes (Character) $17.4K 1999
      67% 51% Two Ninas Mike (Character) $11.0K 1999
      No Score Yet 76% Row Your Boat Patti (Character) - 1998
      15% 40% Most Wanted Dr. Victoria Constantini (Character) $6.3M 1997
      6% 19% A Smile Like Yours Lindsay Hamilton (Character) $3.3M 1997
      89% 66% The Paper Deanne White (Character) $36.6M 1994
      9% 15% RoboCop 3 Dr. Marie Lazarus (Character) $8.9M 1993

      TV

      Credit
      61% 60% Accused Lynn Corbett (Guest Star) 2023
      88% 86% City on a Hill Jenny Rohr (Character) 2021-2022
      No Score Yet 59% Bull Ellen (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crawford Cynthia (Character) 2018
      84% 95% Shots Fired Alicia Carr (Guest Star) 2017
      91% 78% The Blacklist Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 80% Madam Secretary Jane Fellows (Guest Star) 2015-2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Rayna Hecht (Guest Star) 2014
      82% 81% Luck Jo Carter (Character) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Jordan Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (Character) 2001-2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2004-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot Unknown (Character) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nuremberg Elsie Douglas (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Claire Kincaid (Character) 1993-1996
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1989
      No Score Yet 68% Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1989