Nov. 29th, 1958
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Kim Delaney (born November 29, 1961) is an American actress best known for her starring role as Detective Diane Russell on the ABC drama television series, NYPD Blue, for which she has won an Emmy Award. Early in her career, she played the role of Jenny Gardner in the hugely popular ABC daytime television drama, All My Children. She later had leading roles in the TV dramas Philly, CSI: Miami and on the Lifetime television drama Army Wives.
Delaney, an Irish American, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joan and Jack Delaney. Delaney's mother was a homemaker and her father a union official and former head of the United Auto Workers. She was raised Roman Catholic. Delaney grew up in Roxborough and has four brothers: Ed, John, Keith, and Patrick. While she was attending J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, she worked as a model for the Elite agency. After her graduation, she went to New York and found employment there as a model. At the same time, she studied acting with 'William Esper'.
After leaving soap opera 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 'Lea Thompson' and 'Craig Sheffer' before filming. In 1987 she also appeared as Jessie in Christmas Comes to Willow Creek. In 1988 Delaney starred in the thriller "The Drifter". In 1994, Delaney appeared in the film The Force.
In 1995, Delaney began portraying the role of NYPD Blue Detective Diane Russell. Originally slated for only four episodes, the role became permanent after her character's relationship with Detective Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) became a hit with viewers. In this role, she won her first Emmy Award a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and was also nominated for two other Emmy Awards. After Smits left NYPD Blue, producer 'Steven Bochco' chose Delaney for the lead in the new television series, Philly. Despite critical acclaim, the show lasted only one season.
CBS then courted Delaney to take on the female lead on its new drama television series, CSI: Miami, a spin-off of sorts from the hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She was written off the series during the first season after just ten episodes; Entertainment Weekly suggested that it had been due to a lack of chemistry between Delaney and star 'David Caruso'.
After briefly returning in 4 episodes of NYPD Blue 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 with 'Steven Weber' in an episode of Nightmares and 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, it was announced that Delaney would not be returning for the show's seventh season, as her character was killed off.
Delaney has been married twice. Her first marriage to actor 'Charles Grant' lasted from 1984 to 1988. Her second marriage to actor 'Joseph Cortese' lasted from 1989 to 1994; the couple's son, John "Jack" Philip Cortese, was born in 1990. She was engaged to producer Alan Barnette from 1997 to 2006 and is currently single. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
In 2002, Delaney was arrested in Malibu, California, for suspicion of drunk driving after she refused to take a breathalyzer test. She subsequently pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two-years probation, fined, and ordered to take a defensive driving course.
- 2/19/02: She was given two years probation, a $300 fine and ordered to attend a safe driving class as a result of her arrest for drunken driving.
- 2002: She was arrested for drunk driving in Malibu, CA, when a witness called police to report an erratic driver. Police traced the license plate number they were given to Delaney and she was found at her home. After an investigation she was arrested and jailed. She was released the next morning and scheduled for a court appearance in February.
- Was a highly in-demand teen model.
- 1990: Son Jack Cortese born.
- 1997-2006: Was engaged to 'Alan Barnette' (qv)/.