Rizzoli & Isles Cast Bios
Det. Jane Rizzoli
This year, Angie Harmon received a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress for her performance as Det. Jane Rizzoli in TNT's hit drama Rizzoli & Isles. Prior to her work on the series, Harmon was known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael on the Emmy®-winning drama Law & Order. Other credits include a lead role in the series Women's Murder Club, based on a best-selling novel by James Patterson, and the television movie Living Proof, in which she played real-life breast cancer activist and philanthropist Lilly Tartikoff.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Harmon has spent most of her life in front of the camera. Both of her parents were models, and she began modeling when she was a baby. At the age of 15, she won a model search and was featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine. She also won a Spectrum Model Search contest, which lead to the successful modeling career that made her a household name in the 1990s. Harmon worked as a runway model for fashion greats Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, and appeared on the covers of ELLE, Cosmopolitan and Esquire magazines.
Upon graduation from high school, where she was on both the track team and drill team, Harmon traveled between New York and Los Angeles, where she began to study acting. She made her feature film debut opposite Sam Rockwell in the independent Lawn Dogs, for director John Duigan. The film screened at both the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Harmon made her network television series debut starring opposite Eric Roberts as the rookie member of the FBI's elite crime unit on the series C-16: FBI.
Harmon's film credits include the lead role of Abby in The Good Mother and a starring role opposite Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan in the independent feature Seraphim Falls. She was also seen in Fun with Dick and Jane and Agent Cody Banks.
Harmon's work also extends beyond television and film. In January 2013, she was appointed as a UNICEF Ambassador and is committed to using her talent and recognition to fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children. For the past two years, she has appeared as the spokesperson for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's End Trafficking Project, raising awareness about child trafficking and mobilizing communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. She traveled to Nicaragua in January 2014 to bring attention to the horrors of child trafficking within the Central American country and across the globe. During her trip, Harmon witnessed UNICEF programs to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse and spoke with adolescent girls and boys about their experiences. In addition to her work on End Trafficking, she has used social media to garner support for UNICEF's emergency relief efforts for children in Syria and the Philippines, as well as promoting the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.
Harmon serves as a board member for The Alliance for Children's Rights and The Children's Institute. The Alliance for Children's Rights works to provide free legal services to children who have been abused and neglected and as a result are living in foster care. The Children's Institute helps children in Los Angeles' most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.
This year Angie Harmon collaborated with the ethical lifestyle accessories brand Red Earth to create her own signature collection. Designed in the U.S. and handmade in Kenya, Red Earth works directly with exquisite artisans in Africa to help grow and support their businesses, to create jobs and further commerce. Angie’s collection will be available for purchase in April 2015.
Dr. Maura Isles
A talented and versatile actress in both film and television, Sasha Alexander can currently be seen playing Dr. Maura Isles on TNT's hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, as well as Helene Runyon on Showtime’s critically-acclaimed dramedy Shameless in a recurring guest-star role. Alexander was previously known for her role as Special Agent Caitlin Todd in the first two seasons of the popular drama NCIS. She was also a regular on the critically acclaimed drama Dawson's Creek, as well as Presidio Med and The Nine. In addition, Alexander has had guest-starring roles on such popular shows as Friends, House and Greg the Bunny. She also played the romantic lead opposite Rhys Darby in the movie Coming & Going, which premiered on TNT in July 2011.
On the big screen, Alexander was part of the all-star cast of the hit film He's Just Not That Into You and co-starred with Jim Carrey in the movie Yes Man. Her other feature film credits include Mission: Impossible III, with Tom Cruise; Tenure, opposite Luke Wilson; and Love Happens, alongside Aaron Eckhart. She has also appeared in many independent films, including The Last Lullaby, for which she won the Best Actress Award at the San Diego Film Festival; Play Dead; and All Over the Guy, opposite Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Goldberg. In 2013, Alexander co-starred in Michel Compte's The Girl from Nagasaki, a modern adaptation of Madame Butterfly.
Alexander studied acting in London with Cecily Barry and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She graduated from USC's prestigious School of Cinema and Television, where she studied directing. She resides in Los Angeles, with her husband, film director Edoardo Ponti, and two children.
As a mother, Alexander has been a passionate advocate of sustaining an environmentally healthy household. She's a supporter of Healthy Child, Healthy World, an organization that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. Additionally, Alexander is heavily involved with the UN Foundation and their amazing programs for empowering and educating young women around the world, including GirlUp and the Shot@Life Campaign.
Lorraine Bracco's multifaceted performances in all arenas have earned her a global fan base. She is perhaps best known for her role as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, who treated New Jersey Mafia heavyweight Tony Soprano on HBO's hit series The Sopranos. Her concise, understated portrayal earned her multiple Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations. Additionally, Bracco is an Academy Award® nominee for her performance as a mobster's wife in Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas. She also starred as Drew Barrymore's mother in Riding in Cars with Boys, directed by Penny Marshall, and had a recurring role on NBC's Lipstick Jungle.
In addition to film and television, Bracco starred on Broadway as Mrs. Robinson in Terry Johnson's adaptation of The Graduate. She is also the author of a best-selling memoir On the Couch. Bracco's second book, To the Fullest, will be published by Rodale Books in winter 2015.
Bracco was born in Brooklyn to an Italian-American father and an English mother. Though she was voted the ugliest girl in sixth grade, she nonetheless became a Paris fashion model represented by the Wilhelmina Agency.
Bracco worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg and began to act in film. She appeared in several French comedies and worked with Italian film director Lina Wertmuller. Returning to the U.S., she studied at The Stella Adler Studio and the Actors Studio in New York City.
Bracco made her American feature film debut in Ridley Scott's 1987 thriller Someone to Watch over Me. Other film credits include The Pick-Up Artist, Switch, Radio Flyer, Medicine Man, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Hackers and Basketball Diaries.
Bracco lives in New York. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Felix Organization/Adoptees For Children, which provides opportunities & experiences for kids growing up in the foster care system.
Det. Vince Korsak
Since driving his motorcycle up the Delta House stairs as D-Day in National Lampoon's Animal House, Bruce McGill has been a constant and memorable screen presence. He has appeared in more than 140 films, television movies and series spanning the last five decades. Throughout his career he has consistently received rave reviews for his standout performances, showing no signs of slowing down. On the big screen, McGill portrayed Edwin Stanton in Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln, with Oscar®-winning actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. Earlier this year, McGill appeared in the comedy Ride Along, with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, which was #1 at the box office for three straight weeks. He also can be seen in hit thriller Run All Night, with Liam Neeson and Ed Harris.
McGill has appeared in more than 80 motion pictures, including Law Abiding Citizen, Obsessed, Oliver Stone's W, Vantage Point, Runaway Jury, Collateral, Matchstick Men and Cinderella Man. His appearance as southern attorney Ron Motley in Michael Mann's The Insider garnered high praise from critics and audiences alike. Other notable film work includes The Sum of All Fears, Shallow Hal, The Legend of Bagger Vance, My Cousin Vinny, The Last Boy Scout, Silkwood, The Lookout, Exit Wounds, Wildcats, Ali and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. A single-digit handicap golfer, McGill played Walter Hagen to perfection in The Legend of Bagger Vance, directed by Robert Redford. The character remains one of his favorite roles to date.
McGill's list of television credits is equally impressive, as he has starred in some of HBO's most critically acclaimed productions: portraying controversial journalist Peter Arnett in Live From Baghdad, painting a chilling portrait of LBJ cabinet member George Ball in Path to War and realistically capturing legendary Yankees manager Ralph Houk in 61. He has made memorable guest appearances on C.S.I, The Practice, Gideon's Crossing, Home Improvement, Star Trek: Voyager, The Commish, Quantum Leap and Miami Vice, among others. McGill may be best known as Jack Dalton, MacGyver's troublemaking best friend, which he portrayed for six seasons. A native Texan, McGill is proud to be the voice of the Longhorn Network, taking over that job from Walter Cronkite.
McGill began his acting career on stage in elementary school in San Antonio. After earning his bachelor's degree in acting from the University of Texas at Austin, he made his professional debut as a member of Rhode Island's Trinity Square Repertory Company.
After relocating to New York City, McGill began a long association with the New York Shakespeare Festival, appearing in Hamlet, produced by the legendary Joseph Papp; Henry V; and as Iago opposite Raul Julia's Othello for the NYSF's Shakespeare in the Park series. He also starred on Broadway for two years in My One and Only, with Tommy Tune and Twiggy. In 2007, he returned to the stage after 22 years with an acclaimed portrayal of Orson Welles in Orson's Shadow at the Pasadena Playhouse.
McGill was recently inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife Gloria, in Los Angeles, where he indulges in his passion for golfing, sailing, cooking and playing music whenever possible.
Frankie Rizzoli Jr.
Jordan Bridges comes from a long line of entertainers and has starred in a variety of productions in film, television and on the stage. His career highlights include the films J. Edgar, Mona Lisa Smile, The New Suit and Phantom. He has also appeared in the television shows Dollhouse, Bionic Woman, Without a Trace and Conviction. He also played recurring roles on Dawson's Creek and Charmed. On Broadway, he appeared in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Bridges is a graduate of Bard College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Idara Victor is an American actress born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her father is a writer and her mother a social worker, both from southern Nigeria.
At age 6, Victor started playing the piano and trained in dancing. She entered her first pageant by age 13 and won Miss New York Junior Teen.
Though discovered by an agent at a fashion show and pushed towards a career in modeling, Victor was drawn to acting. Her academic achievements led her to the Ivy League. She enrolled in the undergrad program of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied entrepreneurial management and marketing.
While in college, Victor performed plays with friends in parks around Philadelphia and studied acting privately. After school, she returned to New York City, where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and quickly began working both on Broadway and on television, with appearances in such award-winning shows as Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.
In addition to her role on Rizzoli & Isles, Victor has a recurring role on the AMC period drama Turn. She currently resides in Los Angeles.