5 things you didn't know about Jill Hennessy of Crossing Jordan

By: Start TV Staff    Posted: June 28, 2019, 12:20PM

We're all aware of how Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh is the complete package – intelligent, confident and always looking to nab bad guys. It shouldn't come as any surprise that Jill Hennessy, the actress behind our favorite medical examiner, is just as cool in her day-to-day life as she is in her role on Crossing Jordan. Want to know just how cool? Read on to be inspired by a badass.


"The Ballad of Jill Hennessy" is a low-key folk hit.

It’s well known that Hennessy plays her own music and it's even featured on Crossing Jordan, but what you may not know is that there is also a song written in her honor. “The Ballad of Jill Hennessy” is a folk-rock ballad written and performed by Minneapolis-based band Mollycuddle. Hennessy was so thrilled with the song, she even offered to play rhythm guitar on the track.


She played music in the streets of New York.

Hennessy did a stint on Broadway in the show Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Between shows and rehearsals, she was hanging out with her theater friends, busking on the streets of the city.


She has a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Hennessy was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2007, representing their noted Pillar of Excellence in television. Other inductees that year include actress Catherine O’Hara and musical group Nickelback.


She owned a bar for over 10 years.

Just when you thought she couldn’t get any cooler, she does. In 1999, Hennessy opened up a bar-style restaurant called Hennessy’s Tavern in Northvale, N.J. Born from her love to cook, the tavern specialized in comfort foods and home-cooked meals. The restaurant lived for over a decade, closing its doors for good in 2011.


Hennessy is a low-key biker.

It's true – she loves to ride motorcycles. It’s a longtime hobby that she and her husband share; they’ve even been known to take long trips together.

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104 1 month ago
I love Jill Hennessy, she is a great actress and oh so pretty.
Karen 5 months ago
I loved Jill Hennessy in Law and Order-I’m a big L&O fan! I loved the “are they or aren’t they” between Claire Kincaid and Jack McCoy. I was so mad when they killed Claire off! And in a car crash, of all things! Jill and Sam Waterston had a real chemistry, and I always wished he’d done a guest role on Crossing Jordan.
Karen 6 months ago
It was so great she picked our great state of NJ to put a bar in. So sad it closed. Your the best jill love your show!!♥️♥️♥️
Kerry 20 months ago
Nothing i read about Jill Hennessey surprised me, i always figured she was that Cool 💜
nymets1963 35 months ago
I've been to Hennessy's a number of times and I loved it. I was sad when it changed hands...

De 38 months ago
OMG...I adore Jill and her character on Crossing Jorden. I watched it when it originally aired and now watch at 1pm everyday here in E NC...she is so hot and talented...i didn't know about her bikes but its no surprise she's so cool..my dream was to open a cafe bar...on my bucket list! I also love Harleys and rode all the time as a teen with some Pagens...motorcycle club in NY, L.I.
Anyway..I believe we would be good friends..
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