Full Name: Jillian Hennessy
Birth Date: November 25, 1968
Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Born November 25, 1968, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to John and Maxine, Hennessy is one of three children, including younger brother John Paul and twin sister Jacqueline (Jacq for short). During her childhood, Jill's family moved some nine times in 12 years all over Canada. When John and Maxine Hennessy split in 1982, the children lived with their father. Jill's grandmother, Eleanor, spent much time with the young Hennessys, driving the 15-year-old Jill to modeling school in Toronto. Hennessy went into modeling for the money, though acting was always her true love.
At the age of 18, Hennessy went to Toronto to act. However, she wasn't propelled into the spotlight immediately. Instead, she played a slew of vampires and prostitutes in TV series such as The Hitchhiker and Friday the 13th, and the 1988 thriller Dead Ringers, with Jeremy Irons, in which she and her twin sister Jacq played twin hookers. Jacq graduated from the University of Waterloo and went on to graduate school for French literature at the University of Manitoba. Jill stuck with acting.
In 1993 she landed the part of Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid on the hit show Law & Order. She would keep the role for three years but then leave when her contract was up, deciding to pursue other roles. During her years on the set of Law & Order, Hennessy played a small role in I Shot Andy Warhol. She also spent nights with a guitar in hand on stage with Andy Godsberg and Wally Nichols in the alternative folk band the New Originals.
Hennessy has also appeared as an architect in the comedy A Smile Like Yours in 1997 and with Keenen Ivory Wayans in Most Wanted as an eyewitness to a political assassination.
In 2001, Hennessy returned to television as Doctor Jordan Cavanaugh in the dramatic series Crossing Jordan. Hennessy played a Boston medical examiner with a tarnished past in this prime-time whodunnit. In 2002, Hennessey joined an impressive cast for the romantic comedy feature Pipe Dream.
Jill Hennessy Filmography
Wild Hogs (2007)
Walk Two Moons (2007) .... Sal's Mom
Oranges (2007) .... Brenda
"Crossing Jordan" .... Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh
- Double Down, Triple Threat (2005) TV Episode .... Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh
- Two of a Kind (2004) TV Episode .... Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh
Pipe Dream (2002) .... Marina Peck
Love in the Time of Money (2002) .... Ellen Walker
Exit Wounds (2001) .... Annette Mulcahy
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001) (TV) .... Jackie Kennedy
... aka Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Kennedy Women (USA: video title)
Autumn in New York (2000) .... Lynn McCale
Nuremberg (2000) (TV) .... Elsie Douglas
The Acting Class (2000) .... Amanda Smythe/Jill/Anonymous
Row Your Boat (2000) .... Patti
Komodo (1999) .... Victoria the Shrink
Molly (1999) .... Susan Brookes
Chutney Popcorn (1999) .... Lisa
Two Ninas (1999) .... Mike the Bartender
The Florentine (1999) .... Brenda
Dead Broke (1999) .... Kate
Weekend Getaway (1998) .... Lily
Most Wanted (1997) .... Dr. Victoria Constantini
A Smile Like Yours (1997) .... Lindsay Hamilton
"Law & Order" .... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid (1993-1996)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
Kiss & Tell (1996) .... Interrogator Angela Pierce
"Homicide: Life on the Street"
... aka Homicide (USA: informal short title)
- For God and Country (1996) TV Episode .... Claire Kincaid
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) .... Laura
The Paper (1994) .... Deanne White
Trip nach Tunis (1993) .... Kathryn Darby
RoboCop 3 (1993) .... Dr. Marie Lazarus
- Crazy for You... and You (1992) TV Episode .... Lauren Benjamin
... aka Force de frappe (France)
- The Dealbreaker (1990) TV Episode .... Lex
"War of the Worlds"
... aka War of the Worlds: The Second Invasion (USA: second season title)
- Max (1990) TV Episode .... Scott
- Goliath Is My Name (1988) TV Episode .... Patty
"Friday the 13th"
... aka Friday the 13th: The Series
... aka Friday's Curse (UK: repeat compilations title)
- Year of the Monkey (1990) TV Episode .... Secretary
- Night Prey (1989) TV Episode .... Vampire Woman
- Wedding in Black (1989) TV Episode .... Spanish Hooker
"C.B.C.'s Magic Hour"
- The Prom (1990) TV Episode .... Hooker
... aka Voyageur, Le (France)
- Pawns (1989) TV Episode .... Elisabeth
- Striptease (1989) TV Episode .... Marla
Dead Ringers (1988) (as Jillian Hennessy) .... Mimsy
... aka Alter ego (Canada: French title)
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