Jill Hennessy

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Jill Hennessy
BornJillian Noel Hennessy
(1968-11-25) November 25, 1968 (age 45)
Edmonton, Alberta
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1988–present
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Jill Hennessy
BornJillian Noel Hennessy
(1968-11-25) November 25, 1968 (age 45)
Edmonton, Alberta
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1988–present

Jillian Noel "Jill" Hennessy (born November 25, 1968) is a Canadian actress and musician known for her television roles on Law & Order and Crossing Jordan and in films such as RoboCop 3 and Most Wanted.

Early life[edit]

Hennessy was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Her father, John Hennessy, was a meat salesman and sales/marketing executive, a job that required considerable travel and resulted in frequent moves for the family. Her mother, Maxine, a secretary, left the family in 1982, leaving her daughter to be partially raised by her paternal grandmother, Eleanor, in Kitchener, Ontario.[1] She has a younger brother, John Paul "J.P." Hennessy, Jr., and an identical twin sister, Jacqueline, who is a magazine writer and TV show host in Canada. Hennessy has Irish, French, Swedish and Italian ancestry on her father's side, and mostly Ukrainian Gypsy, as well as Austrian, ancestry on her mother's.[2] She attended Stanley Park Senior Public School, then graduated from Grand River Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario[3] and used to busk in the Toronto subway.[citation needed]


Hennessy and her sister played twin call girls in 1988's Dead Ringers. She was short listed for the role of Dana Scully on The X-Files according to Gillian Anderson, the actress who eventually got the role.[4]

She appeared on Broadway in the musical Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story in 1990.

In 1993, she played Dr. Marie Lazarus in RoboCop 3.

In 1993, Hennessy was cast as assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid in the NBC crime drama Law & Order. She played the role for three seasons, ultimately leaving the show in 1996.

In 1999, she played Lisa in Chutney Popcorn. In 2000, Hennessy wrote, produced, and co-directed with Elizabeth Holder an independent film called The Acting Class. Inspired by a true story, the mockumentary looks at the trials and tribulations of a dysfunctional acting class. The film co-starred her sister, and included cameos by a number of Hennessy's former Law & Order co-stars. She also starred in the film Nuremberg as Elsie Douglas.

In 2001, she portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the film Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot. In 2003, she made a cameo appearance in the film Abby Singer. From 2001 to 2007, she appeared on the TV show Crossing Jordan as Jordan Cavanaugh. She portrayed Tim Allen's character's wife in the 2007 film Wild Hogs. On June 9, 2007, she received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Hennessy has recorded an album in Austin, Texas, Ghost in My Head,[5] which was released in June 2009. She performed as a guest of the Indigo Girls on a November 2009 show of Mountain Stage[6] and was the focus of a show for herself later that same month.[7] She performed on the Village Stage of the 2010 edition of Lilith Fair.[8]

Hennessy starred in the independent crime thriller, Small Town Murder Songs, in 2010. She also appeared as a veterinarian in the HBO series Luck, while serving as an endorser of Zaxby's "Zalads" in a pair of television commercials during 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Hennessy is multi-lingual, speaking English, Italian, French, Spanish and German. Hennessy plays the guitar and sings, and enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, Paolo Mastropietro, to whom she has been married since 2000. They had a second marriage ceremony in January 2001, which took place at New York City Hall with Mayor Rudy Giuliani officiating. Their son, Marco, was born on September 17, 2003 and a second son, Gianni, was born on November 21, 2007.

Hennessy's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

The Minneapolis-based band Mollycuddle wrote the song "The Ballad of Jill Hennessy" in honor of the actress.[9] Hennessy was reportedly very pleased, and offered to perform with the band on rhythm guitar.[10]


1988Dead RingersMimsy
1993RoboCop 3Dr. Marie Lazarus
1993Trip nach TunisKathryn Darby
1994Paper, TheThe PaperDeanne White
1996I Shot Andy WarholLaura
1996Kiss & TellInterrogator Angela Pierce
1997Smile Like Yours, AA Smile Like YoursLindsay Hamilton
1997Most WantedDr. Victoria Constantini
1998Weekend GetawayLilyShort film
1998Dead BrokeKate
1999Florentine, TheThe FlorentineBrenda
1999Row Your BoatPatti
1999Two NinasMike the Bartender
1999Chutney PopcornLisa
1999MollySusan Brookes
2000Acting Class, TheThe Acting ClassAmanda Smythe / Jill / Anonymous
2000NurembergElsie DouglasTelevision movie
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2001Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of CamelotJackie KennedyTelevision movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2000Autumn in New YorkLynn McCale
2001Exit WoundsAnnette Mulcahy
2002Love in the Time of MoneyEllen Walker
2002Pipe DreamMarina Peck
2007Wild HogsKelly Madsen
2007Game of LifeBrenda
2008LymelifeBrenda Bartlett
2010Small Town Murder SongsRita
2011RoadieNikki Stevens
2012Sunshine Sketches of a Little TownAgnes LeacockTelevision movie
Nominated—Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film
2012Dawn RiderAlice
2013If I Had WingsSandy Taylor
1988War of the WorldsPattyEpisode: "Goliath Is My Name"
1989Hitchhiker, TheThe HitchhikerMarlaEpisode: "Striptease"
1989Hitchhiker, TheThe HitchhikerElisabethEpisode: "Pawns"
1989–90Friday the 13th: The SeriesVarious4 episodes
1990C.B.C.'s Magic HourHookerEpisode: "The Prom"
1990War of the WorldsScottEpisode: "Max"
1990CounterstrikeLexEpisode: "The Dealbreaker"
1992Flying BlindLauren BenjaminEpisode: "Crazy for You... and You"
1993–96Law & OrderA.D.A. Claire Kincaid68 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995–97)
1996Homicide: Life on the StreetA.D.A. Claire KincaidEpisode: "For God and Country"
2001–07Crossing JordanDr. Jordan Cavanaugh115 episodes
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2004–06Las VegasDr. Jordan Cavanaugh3 episodes
2011–12LuckJo10 episodes
2013JoSister Karyn8 episodes
2014The Good WifeRayna Hecht2 episodes


  1. ^ Jill Hennessy Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ Jill Hennessy chat - baltimoresun.com
  3. ^ Michelle Tauber (December 3, 2001). "Jill of All Trades". www.people.com. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/13/gillian-anderson-david-duchovny-revisit-the-origins-of-the-x-files/
  5. ^ "Jill Hennessy.com". 
  6. ^ "Indigo Girls On Mountain Stage". npr.org. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jill Hennessy On Mountain Stage". npr.org. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ Gil Kaufman (December 10, 2009). "Lilith Fair To Feature Mary J. Blige, Colbie Caillat, Jill Scott, More". www.mtv.com. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ The Ballad of Jill Hennessy audio
  10. ^ Pop of Futures Past Jon Dolan, Minneapolis/St. Paul CityPages, February 3, 1999

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