5 surprising facts about 'Rizzoli & Isles' star Angie Harmon

By: Start TV Staff    Posted: January 17, 2023, 11:14AM

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Rizzoli and Isles star, Angie Harmon, had an early career in modeling that took her all over the world during her childhood. Born and raised in Texas, whenever fellow models she would meet around the globe asked where she was from, rather than saying "America" or "The United States," Harmon would simply reply "Texas." 

From modeling to acting and even directing, Angie Harmon has found herself all across the realm of entertainment. Treating each potential opportunity and project with great enthusiasm, she's shown no signs of stopping just yet. 

While you may be impressed with her career now, here are 5 things you may not have known about Angie Harmon:


She was discovered by David Hasselhoff

Angie Harmon got her start in acting when she ran into David Hasselhoff on a plane. Hasselhoff offered her a role on his show Baywatch Nights, which she declined at first because she had only done modeling until then and never even took an acting class. Coincidentally enough, a friend she was also on the plane with happened to be auditioning for Baywatch Nights who convinced her to come along to her audition. Hasselhoff recognized her from the plane and made the same offer where she accepted and took on her first television role on Baywatch Nights as Ryan McBride.


She's done voice acting work

In the late 90's and early 2000's, Angie Harmon was the voice behind Commissioner Barbara Gordan in both the Batman Beyond animated series and film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. While she's primarily stuck to live-action since then, she's also voiced the character Lady Trigel in Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defenders series. 

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Jane Rizzoli wasn't the first detective she played

Before she was chasing the bad guys all over Boston as Detective Jane Rizzoli, Harmon played Detective Lindsday Boxer in the short-lived series Women's Murder Club. Here she played a homicide detective who worked together with a medical examiner and a newspaper reporter to catch various criminals. Sound familiar? While Women's Murder Club only lasted 1 season, a few of their plots and ideas were eventually reused in the Rizzoli & Isles tv series.


Both her parents were professional models

Modeling runs in Harmon's family as both her parents were prominent models in the 70's. Her mother, Daphne Caravageli, worked primarily on the runway while her father, Larry Harmon, appeard in many Texas advertisements. They had Angie start modeling at a young age where she won Seventeen Magazine's cover model contest at the age of 15 and began her career in modeling shortly after.


She really wants to play Marvel's She-Hulk

Since as early as 2012 during an interview with Conan O'Brien, Angie Harmon has expressed intense enthusiasm to play She-Hulk for Marvel Studios. You can find her often sharing her love for the character on both her Twitter and Instagram as well. She's made note of She-Hulk's legal background, having to defend superheroes whenever they get in trouble with the law. With Harmon having 3 years already acting as an ADA attorney on Law & Order, she sees herself perfect for the part.  While Marvel has recently casted a She-Hulk for a television series, perhaps there's still a future for a Harmon She-Hulk with her continued voice acting work in an animated feature.

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tidelman 1 day ago
What about Law & Order? She was an excellent ADA for a long time there - the first we saw and admired her.
Camille 10 months ago
I watch Start TV Chicago on Ch2-2 and always make sure I'm sitting down exactly at 9:00 P.M. Love these two ladies and actually the entire crew. Bruce McGill as a good guy is terrific. The entire show is worth watching over and over again. I put it in the same category as "Blue Bloods", the family is all important.
Beverly 10 months ago
Since I don't have cable tv to watch I have a HDTV antenna and get Start Tv. I just love watching these shows everyday. Angie is such a good actress. I just love her and Sasha together. I wish they could revive this show to bring them back. I just wonder what they are doing now! Love an update!

EdSullivan 22 months ago
I always thought she had a super-hero face. Her body, not so much.
Candis 24 months ago
I love the show so so so so so much

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