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Amy Brenneman

Highest Rated:   86% Heat (1995)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Suburbans (1999)
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Birthplace:   New London, Connecticut, USA
Possessing an earthy, natural brunette beauty which allows her to effortlessly shift from glamorous to down-to-earth at the drop of a hat, actress Amy Brenneman first caught the attention of television viewers with her Emmy-nominated performance on the popular television series NYPD Blue. Though she would later gravitate to a feature career with roles in such films as Heat (1995), Daylight (1996), and Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), her television career continued to flourish as she took on the role of a single mother and Family Court judge in Judging Amy. Born the youngest of three children in New London, CT, Brenneman's mother was a superior court judge and her father an environmental attorney while she was growing up in nearby Glastonbury. Her love for acting blossoming in her pre-teen years, Brenneman would later study comparative religion at Harvard University. During her college years, performances with the American Repertoire Theater and the Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theater found the burgeoning actress honing her skills in the work of such playwrights as Shakespeare and Aeschylus. In addition to acting during college, Brenneman also founded the Cornerstone Theater Company, a traveling troupe dedicated to performing around the country and encouraging locals to participate in the show. Relocating to New York City following a five-year stint with Cornerstone, Brenneman found work as a substitute teacher in Brooklyn while continuing to appear frequently on-stage. Brenneman made her small-screen debut in a 1992 episode of Murder She Wrote, and was soon headlining her own series with that same year's Middle Ages. After her yearlong stint on NYPD Blue it was time to make the leap to the big screen, and following 1995's Bye Bye, Love, Brenneman would go on to appear in features while gradually climbing the credits. With the exception of her leading-lady role in the little-seen Nevada, Brenneman's frequent supporting roles would always manage to stand out no matter how formidable her co-stars' talents. Putting her childhood experiences to creative use in Judging Amy, the show proved an enduring success with its sincere blend of drama and family conflict. Moving into the new millennium, Brenneman essayed the role of artist Mary Cassatt in the made-for-television feature Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist (1999), and took on substantial roles in the theatrical releases Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (2000) and Off the Map (2003). Brenneman is married to director Brad Silberling, whom she met while working on NYPD Blue. When Judging Amy ended its run in 2004, she had a three year layoff, reappearing in The Jane Austen Book Club, and taking a major part in the Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice. Her small-screen commitments didn't keep her out of movie houses; she was cast in 88 Minutes and Mother and Child.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
42% Words And Pictures
  • Elspeth Croyden
2014
42% The Face of Love
  • Ann
2014
79% Mother and Child
  • Dr. Eleanor Stone
2010
5% 88 Minutes
  • Shelly Barnes
2008
17% Downloading Nancy
  • Carol
2008
65% The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Sylvia
2007
75% Nine Lives
  • Lorna
2005
70% Off the Map
  • Bo (as an adult)
2003
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
74% Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
  • Kathy
2000
0% The Suburbans
  • Grace
1999
No Score Yet Artists' Specials
  • Mary Cassatt
1999
77% Your Friends & Neighbors
  • Mary
1998
No Score Yet Nevada
  • Chrysty
1998
No Score Yet Lesser Prophets (The Last Bet)
  • Annie
1997
26% Daylight
  • Madelyne Thompson
1996
39% Fear
  • Laura Walker
1996
86% Heat
  • Eady
1995
44% Casper
  • Amelia Harvey
1995
19% Bye Bye, Love
  • Susan
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
21% Heartbeat
2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
78% Reign
2013
  • Marie de Guise
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Faye
87% The Leftovers
2014-2015
  • Laurie Garvey
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Violet Violet Turner
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Violet Turner
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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