Award-winning actress Kim Delaney was born on November 29, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started her career as a model, beginning as early as her high school years. At the same time, she moved to New York and studied acting with renowned teacher William Esper. She rose to popularity in 1981, when she joined the cast of the daytime soap All My Children. Her character, innocent teenager Jenny Gardner, was popular throughout her run. Her storyline was a classic soap romance; she falls in love with Greg Nelson (Laurence Lau), and they work out their relationship amidst numerous obstacles. She left the show in 1984, at the height of her popularity; her character was subsequently killed off.
Delaney then pursued a career in film, appearing in features such as That Was Then… This is Now, The Delta Force, Hunter’s Blood and The Drifter. In 1989, she joined the cast of the military drama Tour of Duty, where she played war journalist Alex Devlin; she left a year later. In 1995, she joined the cast of the successful police drama NYPD Blue, where she played Diane Russell, a police officer who battles her personal demons. Her role gave her two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, and eventually gave her an Emmy in 1997 for Best Drama Supporting Actress.
When her on-screen partner, Jimmy Smits, left NYPD Blue, the producers thought they wouldn’t be able to give Delaney’s character the attention she deserved. Thus, they cast her in the short-lived legal drama Philly, where she played the lead role, single mother and lawyer Kathleen Maguire. The program was cancelled after a season due to low ratings; she then returned to NYPD Blue in a recurring capacity. She then joined the cast of CSI: Miami, playing the female lead Megan Donner; however, she was written out of the story halfway through the first season, apparently because of the lack of chemistry between her and co-star David Caruso.
After a recurring role in The OC and a regular role in the miniseries 10.5, Delaney joined the cast of the drama Army Wives. There she played the role of Claudia Holden, an “army wife” who believes her husband’s (Brian McNamara) promotion didn’t push through because of politics.
- In 2002, she was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu, CA. She was, however, released the next morning and scheduled for a court appearance in February.
- She used to be a highly in-demand teen model.
- She is a graduate of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in Philadelphia in 1977.
- She has four brothers. Ed and John before her, then Keith and Patrick. They are a tax lawyer, a television sports producer, a bartender and an accountant.
2011: Finding a Family (TV movie) - Ileana
2007-2011: Army Wives (TV series) - Claudia Joy Holden
2007: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Captain Julia Millfield
2006: Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (TV mini-series) - Mary Rivingham
2006: 10.5: Apocalypse (TV movie) - Dr. Samantha Hill
2005: The O.C. (TV series) - Rebecca Bloom
2004: 10.5 (TV movie) - Dr. Samantha Hill
2004: Infidelity (TV movie) - Danielle Montet
2004: Sudbury (TV movie) - Sally Owens
1995-2003: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Det. Diane Russell
2002: CSI: Miami (TV series) - Megan Donner
2001-2002: Philly (TV series) - Kathleen Maguire
2001: Love and Treason (TV movie) - Lt. Kate Timmons
2000: Mission to Mars - Maggie McConnell
1997: The Devil's Child (TV movie) - Nikki DeMarco
1997: All Lies End in Murder (TV movie) - Meredith 'Mere' Scialo
1996: Closer and Closer (TV movie) - Kate Saunders
1995: Temptress - Karin Swann
1995: Serial Killer (video) - Selby Younger
1995: Darkman II: The Return of Durant (video) - Jill Randall
1995: Tall, Dark and Deadly (TV movie) - Maggie Springer
1995: Project: Metalbeast - Anne De Carlo
1994: The Force (video) - Sarah Flynn
1993: The Disappearance of Christina (TV movie) - Lilly Kroft
1992: The Fifth Corner (TV series) - Erica Fontaine
1992: Lady Boss (TV movie) - Lucky Santangelo
1992: The Broken Cord (TV movie) - Suzanne
1991: Body Parts - Karen Chrushank
1991: Hangfire - Maria Montoya Slayton
1990: Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Gloria Fleming
1989-1990: Tour of Duty (TV series) - Alex Devlin
1988: Take My Daughters, Please (TV movie) - Evan
1988: Something Is Out There (TV movie) - Mandy Estabrook
1988: The Drifter - Julia Robbins
1987: Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (TV movie) - Jessie
1987: Hooperman (TV series)
1987: L.A. Law (TV series) - Leslie Kleinberg
1987: Cracked Up (TV movie) - Jackie
1987: Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (TV movie) - Susan Warrenfield
1987: Campus Man - Dayna Thomas
1986: Hotel (TV series) - Marie Lockhart
1986: Hunter's Blood - Melanie
1986: The Delta Force - Sister Mary
1986: The Equalizer (TV series) - Sally Ann Carter
1985: That Was Then... This Is Now - Cathy Carlson
1981-1984: All My Children (TV series) - Jenny Gardner Nelson/Jenny Gardner
1983: First Affair (TV movie) - Cathy