• Jillian Noel Hennessy is a Canadian actress known for her roles in “Crossing Jordan”, “RoboCop 3”, and “Law & Order”
• She has won awards such as the Gracie for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series and the Golden Satellite Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
• She is 49 years old, of mixed Ukrainian Roma, Irish, French, Swedish and Austrian ancestry, and has an estimated net worth of 12 million
• She is married to actor Paolo Mastropietro and they have two children together
• She has had over 55 acting gigs, including recent projects such as “We Are Unsatisfied”, “Crypto” and “City on a Hill”

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Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 25, 1968
SpousePaolo Mastropietro
MarkBrown hair
FactHer father, John, was a meat salesman, which required considerable travel and resulted in frequent moves. Her mother, Maxine, left the family when Jill was small. She also has a younger brother, John Jr.

What happened to Jill Hennessy from “Law & Order”? Her Wiki

Jillian Noel Hennessy was born on 25 November 1968 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, so her nationality is Canadian, her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she is 49 years old. Nonetheless, Hennessy remains youthful-looking and radiant ,and is aging gracefully. She is widely known as the actress who worked on projects such as “Crossing Jordan”, in which she played the main character, Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, “RoboCop 3” and “Law & Order”. Working hard has allowed Jill to establish a name for herself in the acting world, resulting in her being rewarded with awards such as Gracie for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series, and Golden Satellite Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

Net Worth

12 million.

Early Life, Twin and Family

Jill was born to John and Maxine Hennessy. Her father was a meat salesman and her mom, who worked as a secretary, left the family back in 1982. As a result of that, Jill was raised by her grandma, Eleanor in Kitchener, located in Ontario. Hennessy has a twin sister Jacqueline, and a brother named John Paul Hennessy. When it comes to her ethnicity, she is Caucasian and her family is of mixed Ukrainian Roma, Irish, French, Swedish and Austrian ancestry. Jill naturally has light brown hair and dyes it blonde, which suits her complexion perfectly. She has brown eyes and. She was a student of Stanley Park Senior Public School, and later on attended Grand River Collegiate Institute.
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Acting Career

Jill made her acting debut with the role of Escort Twin in “Dead Ringers” in 1988, and working at a rapid pace, portrayed Elisabeth / Marla in two episodes of “Deadly Nightmares” in the following year, then joined the cast of “Friday the 13th: The Series”, opposite Louise Robey and Chris Wiggins. In 1993, Hennessy was cast to play Claire Kincaid in the worldwide beloved and positively appraised TV series, “Law & Order”, ultimately appearing in its 63 episodes through 1996. Concurrently the actress worked on “The Paper”, which follows the story of a man who faces serious life changes as he gets a tempting job offer. In 2001 Jill joined the cast of “Crossing Jordan”, playing the main character in the series following the story of Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh as she tries to solve cases, with such as Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor and Steve Valentine. Having finished with that in 2007, the actress portrayed Brenda Bartlett in “Lymelife”, a comedy movie which received a generally positive response from the audience.

Latter Career

In 2011, Jill began working on the drama sport series entitled “Luck”, opposite Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina, and in 2013 played Karyn in “Jo”, a crime mini-series. In 2015, she played the role of Jane Fellows in eight episodes of “Madam Secretary”, finishing with the project in the following year, and was then cast to play Alicia Carr in “Shots Fired”, before in 2018 portraying Cynthia in “Crawford”, which follows the story of a dysfunctional family with three children. When it comes to Hennessy’s latest projects, those include “We Are Unsatisfied”, “Crypto” and “City on a Hill”, which are all yet to be released. Overall, this successful actress has had more than 55 acting gigs so far, and there is more to come for her.

Husband, Children and Social Media

She has been married to Paolo Mastropietro for 18 years – their low-key wedding took place in Italy, but was still covered in the media. They have two children, Marco Mastropietro and Gianni Mastropietro. Her husband is also an actor, best known from working on projects such as “Exit Wounds” and “Cradle 2 the Grave”.

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General Info

Full NameJill Hennessy
Date Of BirthNovember 25, 1968
Height1.73 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Musician, Film producer, Film director, Actor, Businessperson
EducationMonash University, University of Melbourne


SpousePaolo Mastropietro
ChildrenMarco Mastropietro, Gianni Mastropietro
ParentsJohn Hennessy, Maxine Hennessy
SiblingsJacqueline Hennessy, John Paul "J.P." Hennessy Jr.


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
MoviesWild Hogs, Exit Wounds, Lymelife, RoboCop 3, Chutney Popcorn, Dead Ringers, Most Wanted, The Women of Camelot, A Smile Like Yours, Autumn in New York, Small Town Murder Songs, Nuremberg, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dawn Rider, Love in the Time of Money, The Paper, Two Ninas, Komodo, Molly, Pipe Dream, If I ...
TV ShowsLuck, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan

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#Marks / Signs
1Canadian accent
2Brown hair


1When you're an actor working in the theater, you would never say anything to the writer, never alter the dialogue, never dream to ask for changes.


1Surrogate granddaughter of Steven Hill.
2Credits Steven Hill as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
3Her acting mentor was: Steven Hill.
4Best known by the public for her role as A.D.A. Claire Kincaid on Law & Order (1990) and for her starring role as the title character in Crossing Jordan (2001).
5She has worked with Kyle Secor on three different series: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Crossing Jordan (2001).
6Mother, with Paolo Mastropietro, of second son, Gianni Mastropietro, who was born on November 21, 2007 in New York.
7Has a twin sister, named Jacqueline Hennessy, with whom she used to perform in an act named (what else?) "Jack and Jill".
8She loves to cook, and opened Hennessy's Tavern in Northvale, New Jersey in 1999. The Tavern served "comfort food." Hennessy's Tavern Closed in 2011.
9Has Irish, Italian, Swedish, French and Ukrainian ancestry.
10Loves riding motorcycles with her husband.
11Her mother, Maxine, is a secretary in Montreal and a fantastic cook. Jill's father, John Paul Sr., is a meat salesman and a sales & marketing executive in Canada. She has a twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, who is an actress and a journalist, and a younger brother, John Paul Jr.
12Barely graduated from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada's Grand River Collegiate (high school), while her twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, has a Master's degree in French Literature.
13Has a song named after her: "The Ballad of Jill Hennessy" by Mollycuddle.
14Speaks Italian, French, Spanish and German
15Finalist for role of Dana Scully on The X-Files (1993).
16She and Paolo Mastropietro welcomed a son, Marco Mastropietro, on 17 September 2003.
17She is such a fan of the folk duo Indigo Girls that a poster of the act hangs in the kitchen set of her character in Crossing Jordan (2001).
18Sometimes makes appearances at music events as a guest guitarist where she usually performs barefoot.
19She used to busk (play the guitar and sing for money) in the New York City subway.
20Had a second marriage ceremony in January 2001 at New York City Hall with Rudy Giuliani officiating.
21Voted one of the "Fun and Fearless Females" by Cosmopolitan Magazine (2002.)
22Described by Miguel Ferrer as being a non-angry version of her Crossing Jordan (2001) character Jordan Cavanaugh.
23Her father, John, was a meat salesman, which required considerable travel and resulted in frequent moves. Her mother, Maxine, left the family when Jill was small. She also has a younger brother, John Jr.
24Her grandmother, Eleanor Hennessy, was a huge influence in her early life. At fifteen, Jill began modeling in Toronto. Her grandmother drove her all over town.




Shots Fired2017TV Series post-productionAlicia Carr
Lost in Time2016/IIIpost-productionDoctor Katherine James
The Other2016/IcompletedCindy Bradford
Confidential2016Doctor Katherine James
Madam Secretary2015-2016TV SeriesJane Fellows
The Good Wife2014TV SeriesRayna Hecht
If I Had Wings2013Sandy Taylor
Jo2013TV SeriesKaryn
Dawn Rider2012Alice Gordon
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town2012TV MovieAgnes Leacock
Luck2011-2012TV SeriesJo
Small Town Murder Songs2010Rita
Lymelife2008Brenda Bartlett
Crossing Jordan2001-2007TV SeriesDr. Jordan Cavanaugh
Game of Life2007/IIBrenda
Wild Hogs2007Kelly Madsen
Las Vegas2004-2006TV SeriesDr. Jordan Cavanaugh
Pipe Dream2002Marina Peck
Love in the Time of Money2002Ellen Walker
Exit Wounds2001Annette Mulcahy
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot2001TV MovieJackie Kennedy
Autumn in New York2000Lynn McCale
Nuremberg2000TV Mini-SeriesElsie Douglas
The Acting Class2000Amanda Smythe / Jill / Anonymous
Chutney Popcorn1999Lisa
Molly1999Susan Brookes
Two Ninas1999Mike the Bartender
The Florentine1999Brenda
Row Your Boat1999Patti
Weekend Getaway1998ShortLily
Dead Broke1998Kate
Kiss & Tell1997Interrogator Angela Pierce
Most Wanted1997Dr. Victoria Constantini
A Smile Like Yours1997Lindsay Hamilton
Law & Order1993-1996TV SeriesClaire Kincaid
Homicide: Life on the Street1996TV SeriesClaire Kincaid
I Shot Andy Warhol1996Laura
The Paper1994Deanne White
Trip nach Tunis1993Kathryn Darby
RoboCop 31993Dr. Marie Lazarus
Flying Blind1992TV SeriesLauren Benjamin
Counterstrike1990TV SeriesLex
War of the Worlds1988-1990TV SeriesScott / Patty
Friday the 13th: The Series1989-1990TV SeriesLifeguard / Secretary / Vampire Woman / ...
E.N.G.1990TV SeriesWoman #2
C.B.C.'s Magic Hour1990TV SeriesHooker
The Hitchhiker1989TV SeriesElisabeth / Marla
Dead Ringers1988Escort Twin (as Jillian Hennessy)


JoTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2013 music - 1 episode, 2013
Crossing Jordan2001-2003TV Series performer - 3 episodes


Crossing Jordan2007TV Series 1 episode
The Acting Class2000co-director


The Acting Class2000executive producer / producer


The Acting Class2000

Camera Department

The Acting Class2000camera operator

Production Designer

The Acting Class2000


Today2005-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2012TV SeriesHerself
The Hour2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
Canadian Country Music Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Sundance Skippy2010DocumentaryHerself
Rachael Ray2009TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHerself
Deep Inside2007TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2004-2007TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996-2007TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2007TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Host
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The View2005TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005TV SeriesHerself
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The Apprentice2004TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Abby Singer2003Herself
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2002TV SpecialHerself
MADtv2001-2002TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHerself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-2002TV SeriesHerself
Seitenblicke2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHerself
The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
75th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2001TV MovieHerself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHerself
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
The Best of Ed's Night Party1996VideoHerself
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHerself


Won Awards

2007GracieGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Female Lead in a Drama SeriesCrossing Jordan (2001)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNuremberg (2000)

Nominated Awards

2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesSunshine Sketches of a Little Town (2012)
2012VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting Actress in a Canadian FilmSmall Town Murder Songs (2010)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)

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