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Also Known As: Jillian Noel Hennessy Died:
Born: November 25, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Edmonton, Alberta, CA Profession: actor, director, musician, screenwriter, restaurateur, bartender, waitress

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Raven-haired actress Jill Hennessy's self-confidence and maturity led to early success as a cast member of the enduring crime drama series "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), in the role of Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid for three seasons. Perhaps due in part to the nomadic nature of her childhood, Hennessy refused to limit her creative output, picking up parts in feature films like Ron Howard's ensemble drama "The Paper" (1994) and a supporting role in the indie biopic "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1995). After her departure from "Law & Order," she had more small turns on the big screen in projects such as the romantic-comedy "A Smile Like Yours" (1997), as well as the cliché-ridden action movie "Most Wanted" (1997). Hennessy made a return to television in the historical miniseries "Nuremburg" (TNT, 2001), as an attorney assisting Nazi war crimes prosecutor Alec Baldwin, prior to starring in a series of her own, "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07). As driven medical examiner Jordan Cavannaugh, she doggedly pursued justice for those no longer able to secure it for themselves. After "Crossing Jordan" completed its run, there were more film roles for Hennessy, such as the critically panned, but...

Raven-haired actress Jill Hennessy's self-confidence and maturity led to early success as a cast member of the enduring crime drama series "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), in the role of Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid for three seasons. Perhaps due in part to the nomadic nature of her childhood, Hennessy refused to limit her creative output, picking up parts in feature films like Ron Howard's ensemble drama "The Paper" (1994) and a supporting role in the indie biopic "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1995). After her departure from "Law & Order," she had more small turns on the big screen in projects such as the romantic-comedy "A Smile Like Yours" (1997), as well as the cliché-ridden action movie "Most Wanted" (1997). Hennessy made a return to television in the historical miniseries "Nuremburg" (TNT, 2001), as an attorney assisting Nazi war crimes prosecutor Alec Baldwin, prior to starring in a series of her own, "Crossing Jordan" (NBC, 2001-07). As driven medical examiner Jordan Cavannaugh, she doggedly pursued justice for those no longer able to secure it for themselves. After "Crossing Jordan" completed its run, there were more film roles for Hennessy, such as the critically panned, but commercially successful, "Wild Hogs" (2007) and the independent family melodrama "Lymelife" (2008). While never a major marquee name, Hennessy's talent and likability allowed her to continue to work on projects both pragmatic and personal.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dawn Rider, The (2012)
2.
 Downers Grove (2012)
3.
 Roadie (2011)
5.
 Lymelife (2008)
6.
 Wild Hogs (2007)
7.
 Dead Broke (2006)
8.
 Love in the Time of Money (2002) Ellen Walker
9.
 Exit Wounds (2001) Annette Mulcahy
10.
 Autumn in New York (2000) Lynn
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Raised in Canada; family moved frequently because of father's work
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Became interested in a performing career at age 12 after parents' separation
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Lived with father and siblings in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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As a teenager, began performing with an improvisational comedy troupe in Canada
1987:
Moved to Toronto at age 18
1988:
Feature film debut in a bit part as half a pair of twin prostitutes in "Dead Ringers"; her sister played the other twin
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Supported herself as a bartender, waitress and street performer
1990:
At age 20, moved to NYC
1990:
Made Broadway debut as the musician's Puerto Rican wife in the musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"
1993:
Joined the cast of the acclaimed NBC police and courtroom drama "Law & Order" playing assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid
1993:
First prominent feature film role, "Robocop 3"
1996:
Announced she was leaving cast of "Law & Order"
1997:
Appeared as an architect who tries to seduce a construction worker in the comedy "A Smile Like Yours"
1997:
Co-starred with Keenen Ivory Wayans as an eyewitness to a political assassination in "Most Wanted"
1999:
Played the lesbian lover of an Indian woman who decides to serve as a surrogate mother in "Chutney Popcorn"
1999:
Cast as the doctor who "cures" the title character's autism in "Molly"
2000:
Returned to the legal world as the assistant to the chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals in "Nuremberg" (TNT)
2000:
Wrote, co-directed (with Elizabeth Holder) and starred in the comedy "The Acting Class"; twin sister Jacqueline has featured role; former TV co-stars Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth and Benjamin Bratt co-star
2001:
Cast as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot" (NBC)
2001:
Returned to series TV as an unconventional medical examiner on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"
2002:
Landed featured role in the romantic comedy "The End of Love"; film featured at the Sundance Film Festival
2007:
Cast as Tim Allen's wife in the comedy adventure "Wild Hogs"
2008:
Co-starred with Rory Culkin and Alec Baldwin in the family comedy drama "Lymelife"
2011:
Acted alongside Ron Eldard and Bobby Cannavale in "Roadie"
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Education

Grand River Collegiate Institute: Kitchener , Ontario -

Notes

In 1999, she and her future husband opened Hennessy's Tavern in Northvale, New Jersey.

On leaving "Law & Order", Hennessy told TV Guide (May 4, 1996): "I'm closing a chapter. It's bittersweet, but I'm psyched. Am I going to be begging for quarters in Central Park or doing what I've always wanted to do--feature films? Going into the unknown, that's my motif in life. I follow what my gut tells me to do."

"Remove the anger, and Jill is Jordan. She's not precious but down-to-earth and bawdy. Jill can run with the big dogs." --"Crossing Jordan" co-star Miguel Ferrer to TV Guide, November 24-30, 2001.

"I'm a laid back, guitar-playing chick!"---Hennessy to Biography, Summer 2004.

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husband:
Paolo Mastropietro. Actor, bartender. Eloped in Cantalice, Italy in October 2000; remarried in a ceremony at NYC's City Hall performed by Mayor Rudy Giuliani in January 2001.

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grandmother:
Eleanor Hennessy. Helped to raise children after parents' divorce.
father:
John Hennessy. Sales and marketing executive. Separated from Hennessy's mother in 1982.
mother:
Maxine Hennessy. Secretary. Left her husband and children in 1982; Hennessy told <i>TV Guide</i> (November 30, 2001) that her mother "requested that we not be in touch with her, and I'm not sure where she is today".
sister:
Jacqueline Hennessy. Magazine editor, former model, actor. Twin; with sister played prostitutes in "Dead Ringers" (1988); appeared with Hennessy in "The Acting Class".
brother:
John Paul Hennessy. Freestyle BMX bike rider. Born c. 1974.
son:
Paolo Mastropietro, Jr..
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