Jillian Noel Hennessy was born on 25 November 1968, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, of very mixed Italian, Swedish, Irish, Austrian, Ukrainian Roma and French ancestry. Jill is a musician and actress, best known for being part of the television series “Law & Order” as prosecutor Claire Kincaid. She was also the lead another TV series “Crossing Jordan”, and all of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Jill Hennessy? As of late-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $12 million, mostly earned through her numerous acting endeavors. She has also appeared in several films, including “Robocop 3” and “Most Wanted”. She has also done independent film work, and as she continues her career it is expected that her wealth will increase.
Jill Hennessy Net Worth $12 million
At a young age, Jill’s family moved around a lot because of the demands of her father’s work in sales. She attended Stanley Park Senior Public School and after matriculating went to Grand River Collegiate Institute. To earn extra money she would often busk in the Toronto subway.
Jill made her debut alongside her twin sister in the 1988 film “Dead Ringers”, in which they played twin call girls. She was short listed for “The X-Files” in the role of Dana Scully but it was eventually given to Gillain Anderson. In 1990, she appeared in the Broadway musical “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” and three years later would be cast in “RoboCop 3” as Dr. Marie Lazarus. In the same year, she was cast in the crime drama “Law & Order” as assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid, a role she would play for three seasons until leaving the show with her character dying via a car crash.
In 1999, she then appeared in “Chutney Popcorn”, and the following year became part of the mockumentary “The Acting Class” – which she produced, wrote, and co-directed – about a dysfunctional acting class. She co-starred in the film alongside her twin sister, which also featured several cameo appearances. She then starred in the film “Nuremberg”, and two years later, she was cast in the film “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot”, portraying ex-first lady Jackie Kennedy. A cameo appearance followed in the film “Abby Singer”, all of which added to her net worth.
Her next long-term role would be in the television show “Crossing Jordan”, playing the lead Jordan Cavanaugh from 2001 to 2007, and would then appear as the wife of Tim Allen in the film “Wild Hogs”. She also received a star on the Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2007.
Hennessy is also known to do music work, recording the album “Ghost in My Head” which was released in 2009. She performed numerous times in the same year, including at the Village Stage of the 2010 Lilith Fair. In the same year, she starred in the independent film “Small Town Murder Songs”, and would appear in the HBO series “Luck”. One of her latest projects is her second album “I Do” released in 2015, so her net worth is still growing.
For her personal life, it is known that Jill has been married to Paolo Mastropietro since 2000. They had a second marriage ceremony in 2001, and now have two sons. Hennessy is multi-lingual, speaking German, French, Italian, Spanish, and English. She also enjoys riding motorcycles, singing, and playing the guitar.
Jill Hennessy Wiki
Date Of Birth
November 25, 1968
Place Of Birth
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
Monash University, University of Melbourne
Marco Mastropietro, Gianni Mastropietro
John Hennessy, Maxine Hennessy
Jacqueline Hennessy, John Paul “J.P.” Hennessy Jr.
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen 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
Wild 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 …
Luck, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan
When 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.
Surrogate granddaughter of Steven Hill.
Credits Steven Hill as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Her acting mentor was: Steven Hill.
Best 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).
She has worked with Kyle Secor on three different series: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Crossing Jordan (2001).
Mother, with Paolo Mastropietro, of second son, Gianni Mastropietro, who was born on November 21, 2007 in New York.
Has a twin sister, named Jacqueline Hennessy, with whom she used to perform in an act named (what else?) “Jack and Jill”.
She 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.
Has Irish, Italian, Swedish, French and Ukrainian ancestry.
Loves riding motorcycles with her husband.
Her 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.
Barely 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.
Has a song named after her: “The Ballad of Jill Hennessy” by Mollycuddle.
Speaks Italian, French, Spanish and German
Finalist for role of Dana Scully on The X-Files (1993).
She and Paolo Mastropietro welcomed a son, Marco Mastropietro, on 17 September 2003.
She 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).
Sometimes makes appearances at music events as a guest guitarist where she usually performs barefoot.
She used to busk (play the guitar and sing for money) in the New York City subway.
Had a second marriage ceremony in January 2001 at New York City Hall with Rudy Giuliani officiating.
Voted one of the “Fun and Fearless Females” by Cosmopolitan Magazine (2002.)
Described by Miguel Ferrer as being a non-angry version of her Crossing Jordan (2001) character Jordan Cavanaugh.
Her 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.
Her 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.