Jill Hennessy

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  • Birth Name: Jillian Hennessy
  • Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

Before she came to prominence as a no-nonsense assistant district attorney on the TV crime series Law & Order, this beauty first launched a career in her native Canada. A burgeoning interest in music led to a part in the musical Buddy, and she subsequently relocated to New York. In 1993, she put her music on hold when she landed her pivotal role on Law & Order and left after three years to pursue other opportunities. For the rest of the decade, she played supporting parts in a number of independent films before returning to series television in 2001 as a medical examiner on Crossing Jordan. The series concluded in 2007, and since then she's pursued television and film roles while focusing on her music career and raising a family.

Fast Facts

  • Speaks Italian, French, Spanish and German.
  • Song "The Ballad of Jill Hennessy" by Mollycuddle was written about her.
  • Used to play guitar and sing in the New York subway for money.
  • In 1988's Dead Ringers, her first movie role, Hennessy and her twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, played twin prostitutes.
  • Made her Broadway debut in the Buddy Holly musical Buddy in 1990.
  • Opened Hennessy's Tavern in Northvale, NJ, in 1999.
  • Performed Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and Tom Waits' "You're Innocent When You Dream" on the 2003 Crossing Jordan soundtrack.
  • Released debut album, Ghost in My Head, in 2009.

Awards

  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jacqueline Hennessy — Sister
  • John Hennessy — Father
  • Eleanor Hennessy — Grandmother
  • John Paul Hennessy — Brother
  • Marco Mastropietro — Son
  • Paolo Mastropietro — Husband
  • Maxine Hennessy — Mother
  • Gianni Mastropietro — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Jillian Hennessy
  • Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Profession: Actor

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