• American actress Veronica Hamel born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1943.
• Gained fame for her roles on ‘Hill Street Blues’, ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Beyond the Poseidon Adventure’.
• Has a net worth of over $4 million.
• Married to actor Michael Irving from 1971 to 1981.
• Had a successful career in acting and modeling.

Known for movies

Short Info

FactNamed on 'Us" magazine's "Best Dressed" list for 1983.

What happened to Veronica Hamel from “Law & Order”?

Veronica Hamel was born on 20 November 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, which means that her nationality is American, her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she approaching 75 years of age. Nonetheless, Veronica remains looking youthful and radiant and has aged gracefully. She is widely known as the actress who worked on projects such as “Hill Street Blues”, in which she played the role of Joyce Davenport, “Cannonball”, and “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure”. Working hard allowed Veronica to establish a name for herself in the acting world, which also resulted in her being rewarded with awards such as Q Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series for her work in “Hill Street Blues”

Net Worth

Pver $4 million.

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Veronica made her acting debut with a support role in the film  “Klute” in 1971 and followed by appearing in the TV series “Kojak” as Elenora in 1975. In the same year, the actress joined the cast of “Joe Forrester”, however, her career really skyrocketed when she was cast to play the role of Linda Maxwell in “Cannonball!”, the movie which follows the story of the secret Coast to Coast auto race across America, and working on which allowed her to collaborate with actors such as David Carradine, Bill McKinney and Gerrit Graham. Having finished with the mentioned project, she worked on “Apple Pie” in the next year, and appeared in three episodes of “Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue”, opposite Lesley Ann Warren, Marc Singer and David Dukes, and which won a Golden Globe award.

Latter Career

In 1979, the actress had another support role, this time in “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure”, working with Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas and Peter Boyle. Then in 1981 she joined the cast of the long-running TV series “Hill Street Blues” portraying Joyce Davenport, and ultimately appeared in all 144 episodes of the series. The mentioned series received generally positive response from the audience and was rewarded with numerous awards such as a Golden Globe in the category of Best Television Series – Drama, and Primetime Emmy in several categories including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Series, in addition to being nominated for 109 other awards. After that, the actress worked on TV movies such as “She Said No” opposite Lee Grant, Ray Baker and Judd Hirsch, and in 1998 she played the main character of “The Last Leprechaun”, and appeared in an episode of the critically appraised series, “Touched by an Angel”. In 2001, Hamel began working on “Philly”, portraying Judge Marjorie Brennan, and finishing in the next year. Overall, Veronica has had 52 acting gigs.

Husband, Children and Social Media

She was married to Michael Irving, the actor known for working on projects such as “Hangar 18”, “Lou Grant” and “How To Be”. The couple married in 1971, but their relationship fell though as they divorced ten years later. They didn’t have any kids, and actually Veronica has never had children.

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Unfortunately, Hamel isn’t active on Twitter or Instagram, nonetheless, her fans still talk about her on social media. One fan of Hamel and “Hill Street Blues” posted a tweet reading “Did you know? The role of Joyce Davenport was the last to be cast. They were filming the pilot before Veronica Hamel won the part.”

Early Life, Twin and Family

Veronica’s father was a Philadelphia based carpenter, whereas her mother was a housewife. Speaking about her ethnicity, the actress is Caucasian and is widely known for her strikingly beautiful features. When it comes to her education, Veronica attended Temple University. Prior to becoming a renowned actress, she worked as a secretary, eventually being discovered by Eileen Ford and going on to work as a model, and appearing in a commercial for Virginia Slims cigarettes. She has dark hair and light green eyes, which suits her complexion perfectly. She sometimes dyes her hair blonde, which also looks good on her. According to the photos available on the internet, she had a fit figure back in the day.


1The last commercial on American television for cigarettes aired on January 1, 1971 at 11:59 p.m. EST during a break of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). The commercial was for Virginia Slims and featured Hamel.
2In 1972 she and her then husband became the new owners of Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were--in the words of a retired Justice Department official--"standard FBI issue." This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedys and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.
3Offered the role of an original Angel in the TV series Charlie's Angels (1976). She declined and Jaclyn Smith was cast instead.
4Attended Temple University
5Named on 'Us" magazine's "Best Dressed" list for 1983.
6Former fashion model, discovered by Eileen Ford.




Lost2004-2010TV SeriesMargo Shephard
Bone Eater2007TV MovieCommissioner Hayes
Third Watch2002-2003TV SeriesBeth Taylor
Determination of Death2002Virginia 'Ginny' Halloran
Philly2001-2002TV SeriesJudge Marjorie Brennan
The Fugitive2001TV SeriesDr. Diana Thayer
The Division2001TV SeriesCommissioner Myrna Roberts
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesJudge Dolores Chaphin
The Last Leprechaun1998Laura Duvann
Stranger in My Home1997TV MovieJennifer
Home Invasion1997/ITV MovieGeorgia Patchett
Talk to Me1996TV MovieSadie
In the Blink of an Eye1996TV MovieMicki Dickoff
Here Come the Munsters1995TV MovieLily Munster
Secrets1995TV MovieEtta Berter
A Child's Cry for Help1994TV MovieDr. Paula Spencer
Shadow of Obsession1994TV MovieRebecca Kendall
The Conviction of Kitty Dodds1993TV MovieKitty Dodds
The Disappearance of Nora1993TV MovieNora Freemont
Baby Snatcher1992TV MovieBianca Hudson
Deadly Medicine1991TV MovieKathleen Holland
Stop at Nothing1991TV MovieNettie Forbes
She Said No1990TV MovieElizabeth 'Beth' Early
Taking Care of Business1990Elizabeth
Brotherhood of the Rose1989TV Mini-Series uncredited
Twist of Fate1989TV Mini-SeriesDeborah
A New Life1988Kay Hutton
Hill Street Blues1981-1987TV SeriesJoyce Davenport
Kane & Abel1985TV Mini-SeriesKate Kane
Sessions1983TV MovieLee / Randy Churchill
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls1981TV MovieJennifer North
The Hustler of Muscle Beach1980TV MovieSheila Dodge
When Time Ran Out...1980Nikki
Eischied1980TV SeriesShannon Marshall
The Gathering, Part II1979TV MovieHelen
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure1979Suzanne Constantine
Dallas1979TV SeriesLeanne Rees
The Eddie Capra Mysteries1978TV Series
Ski Lift to Death1978TV MovieAndrea Mason
Starsky and Hutch1976-1978TV SeriesVanessa / Marianne Tustin
The Gathering1977TV MovieHelen
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue1977TV Mini-SeriesLaura Koshko
Family1977TV SeriesVicki Webber
Apple Pie1976Artist
The Rockford Files1976TV SeriesMarcy Brownell / Sandy Lederer
Cannonball!1976Linda Maxwell
City of Angels1976TV Series
Switch1976TV SeriesNabilla
The Bob Newhart Show1976TV SeriesRosemary
Joe Forrester1975TV Series
Kojak1975TV SeriesElenora
Klute1971Model (uncredited)


Baby Snatcher1992TV Movie co-executive producer
Deadly Medicine1991TV Movie co-executive producer


Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHerself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Hill Street Blues - Behind the Badge2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHerself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985TV SeriesHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The Duck Factory1984TV SeriesHerself
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award from Favourite TV Dramatic Program
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Hour Magazine1981-1982TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Overall New TV Program
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Archive Footage

Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 62009TV MovieMargo Shephard (uncredited)


Won Awards

1985Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)

Nominated Awards

1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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