Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

Highest Rated: 88% The Paper (1994)

Lowest Rated: 6% A Smile Like Yours (1997)

Birthday: Nov 25, 1968

Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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.

Highest rated movies

The Paper
Standing Up, Falling Down
Small Town Murder Songs
Two Ninas
The Road to Galena
Exit Wounds




33% 92% The Road to Galena Teresa Baird (Character) - 2022
87% 86% Standing Up, Falling Down Vanessa (Character) - 2019
9% 24% Don't Sleep Cindy Bradford (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 65% If I Had Wings Sandy Taylor (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 23% Dawn Rider Alice (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town Agnes Leacock (Character) - 2012
68% 32% Roadie Nikki (Character) $7.6K 2011
79% 48% Small Town Murder Songs Rita (Character) $30.9K 2010
63% 52% Lymelife Brenda Bartlett (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Game of Life Brenda (Character) - 2007
14% 61% Wild Hogs Kelly Madsen (Character) $168.2M 2007
18% 26% Love in the Time of Money Ellen Walker (Character) $6.3K 2002
33% 45% Exit Wounds Annette Mulcahy (Character) $51.8M 2001
19% 54% Autumn in New York Lynn (Character) $37.8M 2001
No Score Yet 80% Jackie Ethel Joan: The Women of Camelot Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 73% Nuremberg Unknown (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Broke Kate (Character) - 1999
14% 53% Molly Susan Brookes (Character) $17.4K 1999
67% 51% Two Ninas Mike (Character) $11.0K 1999
No Score Yet 78% Row Your Boat Patti (Character) - 1998
6% 19% A Smile Like Yours Lindsay Hamilton (Character) $3.3M 1997
15% 39% Most Wanted Dr. Victoria Constantini (Character) $6.3M 1997
88% 66% The Paper Deanne White (Character) $36.6M 1994
6% 15% RoboCop 3 Dr. Marie Lazarus (Character) $8.9M 1993


No Score Yet 80% City on a Hill Jenny Rohr (Character) 2021-2022
No Score Yet 58% Bull Ellen (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crawford Cynthia (Character) 2018
84% 95% Shots Fired Alicia Carr (Guest Star) 2017
91% 80% The Blacklist Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Jane Fellows (Guest Star) 2015-2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Rayna Hecht (Guest Star) 2014
82% 81% Luck Jo Carter (Character) 2012
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
No Score Yet 100% Crossing Jordan Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (Character) 2001-2007
No Score Yet 90% Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2004-2006
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nuremberg Elsie Douglas (Character) 2000
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Claire Kincaid (Character) 1993-1996
91% 100% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet 100% Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1989