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Overview (3)

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Birth NameJillian Noel Hennessy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jill Hennessy will next be seen in Showtime's newest drama "City on a Hill" with Kevin Bacon, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Jill starred in the special event series "Shots Fired" on FOX and was the lead in the Mike Clattenburg comedy "Crawford" on CBC. She was a guest star in the pilot of "Yellowstone" with Kevin Costner for the Paramount Network. Jill was a recurring character on the CBS drama "Madam Secretary" and was featured in several episodes of the CBS drama "The Good Wife". Jill was also a regular on the HBO series "Luck", which starred Dustin Hoffman, as well as the international series "Jo" shot in Paris opposite Jean Reno. She is best known for her starring roles on NBC's "Law & Order" and "Crossing Jordan" (the #1 new drama). Jill was nominated for a People's Choice Award for her work in "Crossing Jordan" and won a Golden Satellite Award for her work in TNT's "Nuremberg" with Brian Cox and Alec Baldwin. Jill will be featured in the upcoming Lionsgate film "Crypto" starring Luke Hemsworth and Kurt Russel as well as "Standing Up, Falling Down" with Billy Crystal. Jill's other film credits include, "Lymelife" with Alec Baldwin, "Roadie" with Bobby Cannavale and Ron Eldard , "Small Town Murder Songs" with Peter Stormare, "Chutney Popcorn" by Nisha Ganatra, "The Paper" by Ron Howard with Robert Duval, "Wild Hogs" with John Travolta and Tim Allen, "I Shot Andy Warhol" by Mary Herron with Lili Taylor and "Exit Wounds" with Steven Segal. She also played Buddy Holly's wife, Maria-Elena, in the Broadway production of "The Buddy Holly Story". As a singer/songwriter, Jill wrote all of the music and lyrics on her debut album, "Ghost In My Head". She performed on the Lilith Tour with Sarah McLachlan, The Indigo Girls and the Dixie Chicks and was featured on The Indigo Girls' live album "Staring Down The Brilliant Dream". Jill also wrote all the music and lyrics on her second album, "I Do", which was released in October 2015. She is at work writing her third album.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jill Hennessy

Spouse (1)

Paolo Mastropietro (1 October 2000 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Brown hair
Canadian accent

Trivia (24)

Her grandmother, Eleanor Hennessy, was a huge influence in her early life. At fifteen, Jill began modeling in Toronto. Her grandmother drove her all over town.
Her father, John, was a meat salesman, which required considerable travel and resulted in frequent moves. Her mother, Maxine, left the family when Jill was small. She also has a younger brother, John Jr.
Described by Miguel Ferrer as being a non-angry version of her Crossing Jordan (2001) character Jordan Cavanaugh.
Voted one of the "Fun and Fearless Females" by Cosmopolitan Magazine (2002.)
Had a second marriage ceremony on January 11, 2001 at New York City Hall with Rudy Giuliani officiating.
She used to busk (play the guitar and sing for money) in the New York City subway.
Sometimes makes appearances at music events as a guest guitarist where she usually performs barefoot.
She is such a fan of the folk duo Indigo Girls that a poster of the act hangs in the kitchen set of her character in Crossing Jordan (2001).
She and Paolo Mastropietro welcomed a son, Marco Mastropietro, on 17 September 2003.
Finalist for role of Dana Scully on The X-Files (1993).
Speaks Italian, French, Spanish and German
Has a song named after her: "The Ballad of Jill Hennessy" by Mollycuddle.
Barely graduated from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada's Grand River Collegiate (high school), while her twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, has a Master's degree in French Literature.
Her mother, Maxine, is a secretary in Montreal and a fantastic cook. Jill's father, John Paul Sr., is a meat salesman and a sales & marketing executive in Canada. She has a twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, who is an actress and a journalist, and a younger brother, John Paul Jr.
Loves riding motorcycles with her husband.
Has Irish, Italian, Swedish, French and Ukrainian ancestry.
She loves to cook, and opened Hennessy's Tavern in Northvale, New Jersey in 1999. The Tavern served "comfort food." Hennessy's Tavern closed in 2011.
Has a twin sister, named Jacqueline Hennessy, with whom she used to perform in an act named (what else?) "Jack and Jill".
Mother, with Paolo Mastropietro, of second son, Gianni Mastropietro, who was born on November 21, 2007 in New York.
She has worked with Kyle Secor on three different series: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Crossing Jordan (2001).
Best known by the public for her role as A.D.A. Claire Kincaid on Law & Order (1990) and for her starring role as the title character in Crossing Jordan (2001).
Her acting mentor was: Steven Hill.
Credits Steven Hill as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Surrogate granddaughter of Steven Hill.

Personal Quotes (1)

When you're an actor working in the theater, you would never say anything to the writer, never alter the dialogue, never dream to ask for changes.

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