Kim Delaney

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Kim Delaney
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Delaney at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards in 2011
Born (1961-11-29) November 29, 1961 (age 59)
Years active1981–present
(m. 1984,divorced)

(m. 1989;div. 1994)

Kim Delaney (born November 29, 1961) [1] is an American actress known for her starring role as Detective Diane Russell on the ABC drama television series NYPD Blue , for which she won an Emmy Award. Early in her career, she played the role of Jenny Gardner in the ABC daytime television drama All My Children . She later had leading roles in the short lived TV drama Philly , part of the first season of CSI: Miami , and the first six seasons of Army Wives .


Early life

Delaney, an Irish American, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joan and Jack Delaney, the only daughter of five children. [2] [3] Delaney's mother was a homemaker and her father a senior union official in the United Auto Workers. [4] [5] She was raised Roman Catholic. [5] Delaney has brothers Ed, John, Keith and Patrick. [2] While she was attending J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, she worked as a model for the Elite agency. [6] Upon graduation, she went to New York and found employment there as a model. At the same time, she studied acting with William Esper. [7]


Delaney first became known for her stint as innocent teenager Jenny Gardner Nelson on the soap opera All My Children , which also was her first job. [8] She played the character from August 1981 to August 1984, earning a 1983 Daytime Emmy Award nomination, [2] as well as a loyal fan base; a profile of the actress a decade later noted,

"Delaney left the soap in 1984, but fans still remember her as Jenny. 'They come up and will say they've followed everything I've done, and they stopped watching the show after I left, and they're so happy to see me on NYPD Blue, because they love the character.'" [8]

After leaving All My Children, Delaney began acting in feature films. In 1985, she appeared with Emilio Estevez in That Was Then... This Is Now , a film version of the S. E. Hinton novel of the same name. In 1986, she played a young nun in the military action movie The Delta Force , starring Chuck Norris. In 1987, Delaney was cast as Amanda Jones in Some Kind of Wonderful opposite Peter Gallagher, but new director Howard Deutch recast both roles with his future wife Lea Thompson and Craig Sheffer before filming. Also in 1987, she appeared both as Jessie in Christmas Comes to Willow Creek , and as associate attorney Leslie Kleinberg during the 2nd season of L.A. Law . In 1988, Delaney starred in the thriller The Drifter . In 1994, she appeared in the film The Force.

In 1988, Delaney became a regular on the CBS television series Tour of Duty . After leaving the show in 1989 to give birth to her son with husband Joseph Cortese, her character was killed in an explosion—just as her All My Children character had died five years earlier.

In the years immediately following her departure from her two early television series, her film and TV roles tended to be few and of low quality, in the opinion of both the critics and the actress herself. A 1996 profile article in Entertainment Weekly , on the occasion of her landing a prestigious television role at the end of this period, noted:

"Delaney's résumé is spotted with ridiculous roles that range from a nun in the Chuck Norris action movie, The Delta Force , to a possessed nymphomaniac in the soft-core horror film, Temptress. 'There's a lot of things I did to pay the mortgage,' Delaney says resignedly." [3]

Roles from this period include her 1992 appearance as Lucky Santangelo in the television miniseries, Lady Boss .

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Kim Delaney in 2006

In 1995, Delaney began portraying NYPD Blue Detective Diane Russell. Originally slated for only four episodes, the role became permanent [3] after her character's relationship with Detective Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) became a hit with viewers. [3] In this role, she was nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, winning at the 1997 Emmy Awards. [9]

In 2001, NYPD Blue producer Steven Bochco chose Delaney for the lead in the new television series Philly and she was written out of NYPD Blue. Despite critical acclaim, the show lasted only one season.

In 2002, Delaney was the female lead on the new CBS drama series CSI: Miami , a spin-off of sorts from the hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation . [4] She was written off the series after just 10 episodes; Entertainment Weekly suggested that it had been due to a lack of chemistry between Delaney and star David Caruso. [10]

After briefly returning in 5 episodes of NYPD Blue (one at the end of season 10 and a four-episode story arc mid-way through Season 11), Delaney starred in the 2004 NBC miniseries 10.5 , and its 2006 sequel, 10.5: Apocalypse . The following year, she began a recurring role on The O.C. In 2006, Delaney starred in an episode of Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King titled "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band," about Rock and Roll Heaven. Delaney next appeared twice on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in early 2007, guest-starring on the episodes "Philadelphia" and "Florida".

Delaney played the main role of Claudia Joy Holden on the Lifetime Television series Army Wives . In November 2012, a few weeks after the end of season six, it was announced that Delaney would not be returning for the show's seventh season, with a short storyline that her character had died. [11]

In early 2016, Delaney was cast in God Bless the Broken Road , a feature film based on the song of the same name. [12] It was released in the United States on September 7, 2018. [13] In September 2020, Delaney joined the cast of General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton; she made her first appearance on October 6. [14]

Personal life

Delaney has been married and divorced twice. She married actor Charles Grant, also known as Charles Flohe, on July 22, 1984. [15] Her second marriage, to actor Joseph Cortese from 1989 to 1994, produced a son named Jack, [2] [16] born circa 1990. [17] She was engaged for a time to producer Alan Barnette. [2] [4]

Like her character in her breakout role on the television series NYPD Blue , Delaney has struggled with alcoholism. In 2002, Delaney was arrested in Malibu, California, for suspicion of drunk driving after she refused to take a breathalyzer test. [18] She subsequently pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years' probation, fined, and ordered to take a defensive driving course. [10] In 2003, after being dropped from the cast of CSI: Miami , Delaney checked herself into an alcohol rehab center. [19] In 2005, she lost custody of her then 15-year-old son after endangering his life by forcing him to ride with her when she drove while intoxicated, which her son testified was not the first such incident. [17] In 2011, Delaney was pulled from the stage before finishing a long, slurred, odd speech at an award ceremony recognizing the work of former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. [20]



1983 First Affair Cathy
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Cathy Carlson
1986 The Delta Force Sister Mary
1986 Hunter's Blood Melanie
1987 Campus Man Dayna Thomas
1987 Cracked Up Jackie
1987 Christmas Comes to Willow Creek Jessie
1988 The Drifter Julia Robbins
1988 Something Is Out There Mandy Estabrook
1988Take My Daughters, PleaseEvan
1991HangfireMaria Montoya Slayton
1991 Body Parts Karen Chrushank
1994The ForceSarah Flynn
1995Project: MetalbeastAnne De Carlo
1995 Darkman II: The Return of Durant Jill Randall
1995TemptressKarin Swann
1995Serial KillerSelby YoungerDirect to video
2000 Mission to Mars Maggie McConnell
2004 Sudbury Sally Owens
2018 God Bless the Broken Road Patti Hill


1981–1984 All My Children Jenny Gardner Nelson Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1986 The Equalizer Sally Ann CarterEpisode: "Unnatural Causes"
1986 Hotel Marie LockhartEpisode: "Forsaking All Others"
1987Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister SpiritSusan Warrenfieldtelevision film
1987 L.A. Law Leslie Kleinberg4 episodes
1989–1990 Tour of Duty Alex Devlin18 episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Gloria FlemingEpisode: "The Sacrifice"
1992 Lady Boss Lucky Santangelo television film
1992 The Fifth Corner Erica Fontainetelevision film
1993 The Disappearance of Christina Lilly Krofttelevision film
1995Tall, Dark and DeadlyMaggie Springertelevision film
1995–2003 NYPD Blue Det. Diane Russell 137 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1998–99)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1998–99)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1997–98)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (1997–99)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1996–2000)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series
1996Closer and CloserKate Saunderstelevision film
1997All Lies End in MurderMeredith 'Mere' Scialotelevision film
1997 The Devil's Child Nikki DeMarcotelevision film
2001Love and TreasonLt. Kate Timmonstelevision film
2001–2002 Philly Kathleen Maguire22 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2002 CSI: Miami Megan Donner 10 episodes
2004InfidelityDanielle Montettelevision film
2004 10.5 Dr. Samantha Hilltelevision film
2005 The O.C. Rebecca Bloom5 episodes
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Dr. Samantha Hilltelevision film
2006 Nightmares and Dreamscapes Mary RivinghamEpisode: "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Captain Julia Millfield2 episodes
2007–2012 Army Wives Claudia Joy Holden 104 episodes
2011Finding a FamilyIleanatelevision film
2015To Appomattox Mary Todd Lincoln Television mini-series
2016 Murder in the First Dr. Nancy Redman2 episodes
2017Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home AgainKim Kellsertelevision film
2018 Chicago Fire Mother of Kelly Severide, Jennifer Sheridan3 episodes
2020–present General Hospital Jackie Templeton Recurring role
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series (2021)

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