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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 11, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actress, waitress

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Her beauty and Brooklyn roots set Jennifer Esposito apart, helping her to benefit from the late-1990s New York indie boom. She notched roles in acclaimed indies as well as two Spike Lee films, "He Got Game" (1998) and "Summer of Sam" (1999). Often cast as a police officer, Esposito remained frustratingly on the cusp of stardom, racking up supporting roles in big-screen disappointments that included "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998), "The Bachelor" (1999), "Dracula 2000" (2000), and "Master of Disguise" (2002). A brief marriage to Bradley Cooper raised tabloid eyebrows as well. She fared better on film with strong roles in "Don't Say a Word" (2001) and the Oscar-winner "Crash" (2004), but had her biggest successes on television, as Michael J. Fox's sassy secretary on "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), the starring role as the eldest sister on "Related" (The WB, 2005), and Christina Applegate's bitchy best friend on "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09). Although she did all she could with each part, Esposito deserved bigger and better roles, and fans and critics hoped she would be given the opportunity to prove it.

Her beauty and Brooklyn roots set Jennifer Esposito apart, helping her to benefit from the late-1990s New York indie boom. She notched roles in acclaimed indies as well as two Spike Lee films, "He Got Game" (1998) and "Summer of Sam" (1999). Often cast as a police officer, Esposito remained frustratingly on the cusp of stardom, racking up supporting roles in big-screen disappointments that included "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998), "The Bachelor" (1999), "Dracula 2000" (2000), and "Master of Disguise" (2002). A brief marriage to Bradley Cooper raised tabloid eyebrows as well. She fared better on film with strong roles in "Don't Say a Word" (2001) and the Oscar-winner "Crash" (2004), but had her biggest successes on television, as Michael J. Fox's sassy secretary on "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), the starring role as the eldest sister on "Related" (The WB, 2005), and Christina Applegate's bitchy best friend on "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09). Although she did all she could with each part, Esposito deserved bigger and better roles, and fans and critics hoped she would be given the opportunity to prove it.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Mamitas (2011)
3.
 Wish List (2010)
4.
 Conspiracy (2008)
5.
 American Crude (2008)
6.
 Breakin' All the Rules (2004) Rita Monroe
7.
 Taxi (2004) Lt Marta Robbins
8.
 Welcome to Collinwood (2002) Carmela
9.
 Master of Disguise, The (2002) Jennifer
10.
 Proposal, The (2001) Susan Reese
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Milestones close milestones

1995:
Made TV debut on the ABC soap, "The City" as Connie Soleito
1995:
Played a supporting role in the CBS remake of "The Sunshine Boys"; co-starred Woody Allen and Peter Falk
1997:
Made feature film debut in "Kiss Me, Guido"
1998:
Had a recurring role as a mobster's daughter on "New York Undercover" (FOX)
1998:
Joined the cast of the ABC series, "Spin City" as the Deputy Mayor's (Michael J. Fox) secretary, Stacy Paterno; left in the fourth season
1998:
First appearance in a Spike Lee film, "He Got Game"
1999:
Had breakthrough screen role as the love interest of a punk musician (Adrien Brody) in Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"
2000:
Co-starred in "Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000"
2001:
Played a detective in the Michael Douglas thriller, "Don't Say a Word"
2002:
Appeared in the Dana Carvey comedy, "Master of Disguise"
2002:
Played Carmela in the Russo Brothers' "Welcome to Collinwood"
2005:
Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut, "Crash"
2005:
Had a recurring role on the CBS drama, "Judging Amy"
2005:
Cast on the WB drama, "Related"
2007:
Played a love interest to Denis Leary's character in the FX series, "Rescue Me"
2007:
Cast as the title character's best friend and co-worker in the ABC comedy "Samantha Who?"
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Education

Moore Catholic High School: Staten Island , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Esposito made a guest appearance on "All My Children" in 1999 in order to work with her boyfriend Cameron Mathison.

"I want to be on 'NYPD Blue' before my life is over. I want to be a killer; I want to be a cop. . . . I could be [Rick Schroder's] love interest with a drug problem. I've already got it planned." --Jennifer Esposito quoted in TV GUIDE, February 27, 1999

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Benjamin Bratt. Actor. Met when she made guest appearance on "Law & Order" in 1996; had eight-month relationship.
companion:
Cameron Mathison. Actor. Appeared on "All My Children"; dated from summer 1998 to c. January 2000.
companion:
Jonny Lee Miller. Actor. Reportedly became involved in summer 2000 during filming of "Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000"; no longer together.
companion:
Chris Schupp. Restaurateur, model.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Esposito. Consultant, former music producer.
mother:
Phyllis Esposito. Interior decorator.

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