Rizzoli & Isles
American model turned actress Angie Harmon first came to prominence for
playing tough private detective Ryan McBride in the syndicated
television show “Baywatch Nights” (1995-1997). She gained
even more popularity and fame thanks to her turn as sexy ADA Abbie
Carmichael in the award winning series “Law & Order”, a
role she played from 1998 to 2001. She picked up SAG nominations for
four consecutive years for the latter. Recently, Harmon is popular
among TV audiences for playing the title role of police detective Jane
Rizzoli on the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010-?),
from which she nabbed a 2012 Gracie Allen Award. The Highland Park,
Texas native actress has also acted in many films, including
“Agent Cody Banks” (2003), “The Deal” (2005),
“Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), “End Game” (2005) and
“Seraphim Falls” (2006).
Harmon has been married to husband Jason Sehorn since 2001. They have three daughters together.
Childhood and Family:
Of Greek, German and Native American descent, Angela Michelle Harmon,
who would later be popular as Angie Harmon, was born on August 10,
1972, in Dallas, Texas, to models Daphne Harmon (born in 1950) and
Larry Harmon (born in 1943). Angie’s parents divorced when she
was a toddler.
Following in the food steps of her parents, Angie began modeling at an
early age. At 15, she won the national cover contest for Seventeen
Magazine. She returned home to Dallas after national modeling gigs in
New York to complete high school at Highland Park High School and
graduated in 1990. Shortly thereafter, she won Spectrum Model Search
and followed by some lucrative modeling gigs.
Angie met Jason Sehorn (born on April 15, 1971), now a former NFL
athlete, after she attended a New York Giants football game. She was
proposed by her boyfriend on the “Tonight Show with Jay
Leno” on March 13, 2000. The couple married on June 9, 2001 and
welcomed their first child, daughter Finley Faith, in October of 2003.
Their second daughter, Avery Grace, was born on June 22,
2005, while their third daughter, Emery Hope, followed on December 18,
Angie is a Republican. She and her husband supported John McCain for president in 2008. She is a a devout Christian.
Law & Order
Angie Harmon began her career as a model. She graced the runways for
Donna Karan,Isaac Mizrahi Valentino, Calvin Klein, Ralph
Lauren, Giorgi Armani and Versace and also appeared in many magazines
such as Vogue, Glamour, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Esquire and
Cosmopolitan. After a few years of modeling, and taking some acting
lessons, she decided to give acting a try by relocating to Los Angeles.
Harmon's first break arrived when she was discovered by David
Hasselhoff on an airline flight. The actor offered the brunette beauty
an audition for his spin off show, “Baywatch Nights”,
even though she had no acting experience. She
recalled, “It's a real life Cinderella story. Acting had
been my dream since I was a kid, but this was my first audition for a
television series. I didn't want to blow it”.
Harmon finally secured the lead role of private detective Ryan McBride
in “Baywatch Nights” (1995), the spin off of the popular
television series “Baywatch”. Portraying a tough-as-nails
character, Harmon achieved fame thanks to the huge success of the show.
She was on the show from its debut on September 30, 1995 until it ended
on May 16, 1997.
Harmon made a guest appearance in an episode of
“Renegade” called “Offshore Thunder”, which
aired on November 6, 1995, and reprised her role as Ryan McBride in a
1996 episode of “Baywatch” called “Sail Away”.
In 1997, she made her big screen debut in “Lawn Dogs”, a
drama film directed by John Duigan and starring Mischa Barton and Sam
Rockwell. It met with critical acclaim and won numerous awards at film
festivals in Europe.
After “Baywatch Nights” came to an end, Harmon landed a
regular role as FBI agent Amanda Reardon on the ABC drama series
“C-16: FBI”, opposite Eric Roberts. Unluckily for Harmon,
the show failed to top the rating charts and was canceled after 12
In 1998, Harmon experienced a big breakthrough when she joined the cast
of NBC’s long-running crime drama “Law & Order”
by playing sexy Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael. She
stayed with the show until 2001 and was nominated for Screen Actors
Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama
Series four times in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Her character
also appeared in six episodes of “Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit” between 1999 and 2000.
In the new millennium, Harmon provided the voice of Commissioner
Barbara Gordon on three episodes of the animated television series
“Batman Beyond” (2000) and the direct-to-video animated
film “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker” (2000). She also
co-starred with Charlie Sheen in Steve Rash’s comedy film
“Good Advice” (2001, played Page Hensen), starred in the
television movie “Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story”
(2002), played Ronica Miles in the hit “Agent Cody Banks”
(2003), which starred Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff, appeared with
Christian Slater, Selma Blair, Robert Loggia and Colm Feore in the
thriller movie “The Deal” (2005) and portrayed Veronica
Cleeman in the remake “Fun with Dick and Jane” (2005),
starring Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni as the title characters. She
also was cast as persistent newspaper reporter in “End
Game” (2006), opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., starred in the direct
to video “Glass House: The Good Mother” (2006) and was
featured in the western film “Seraphim Falls” (2006),
starring Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Michael Wincott, Tom Noonan, and
Harmon returned to the small screen as a regular cast in the NBC short
lived medical series “Inconceivable” (2005), opposite
Ming-Na, Jonathan Cake and Mary Catherine Garrison. She then appeared
in the pilot of “ Secrets of a Small Town” (2006) before
landing the leading role of Lindsay Boxer on the ABC legal drama
“Women's Murder Club”, which ran on the network from
October 12, 2007 to May 13, 2008. In 2008, she portrayed a
philanthropist named Lilly Tartikoff in the Lifetime television movie
“Living Proof”, which was directed by Dan Ireland and
starred Harry Connick, Jr. She went on to guest starred in
“Samantha Who?” (2009) and “Chuck” (2010).
Harmon returned to the TV spotlight when she was cast in the main role
of Detective Jane Rizzoli on the TNT police procedural series
“Rizzoli & Isles”, opposite Sasha Alexander as medical
examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The show premiered on July 12, 2010. In 2012,
Harmon won a Gracie Allen in the category of Outstanding Female Actor
in a Leading Role in a Drama Series or Special for her work on the
series. The show's fifth season is slated to begin in summer 2014.
Gracie Allen: Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series or Special, “Rizzoli & Isles,” 2012