Jon Tenney

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Jon Tenney
Jon Tenney (cropped).jpg
Tenney in 2011
Born Jonathan Frederick Tenney
(1961-12-16) December 16, 1961 (age 54)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Teri Hatcher (m. 1994–2003)
Leslie Urdang (m. 2012)
Children Emerson Rose Tenney

Jonathan Frederick "Jon" Tenney[1] (born December 16, 1961) is an American actor, best known for his role as Fritz Howard on the TNT series The Closer and Major Crimes.

Early life[edit]

Tenney was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of Dr. Lillian Sandra Baum, a psychiatrist, and Frederick Haworth Tenney, a research physicist.[2] His maternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants, while his paternal forbears were of English ancestry.[1][3] He received his B.A. degree from Vassar College in 1984,[4] where he majored in drama and philosophy. He later attended The Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990).[5]


Tenney made his professional debut starring in a touring production of The Real Thing directed by Mike Nichols.[6] This led to his working steadily on and off-Broadway, as well as in regional theater.[6] His New York City stage credits include Biloxi Blues, The Substance of Fire, and The Heiress.[6] His later began career on television. He starred in the number of short-lived series, including Steven Bochco series Brooklyn South, the Kristin Chenoweth sitcom Kristin and guest appearances on Will & Grace, Murphy Brown, Spenser: for Hire, and Get Real. Series with Tenney as a regular were canceled on all four major networks.[7]

From 2005 to 2012, Tenney starred as Fritz Howard, the husband of Kyra Sedgwick's character Brenda Leigh Johnson on TNT's The Closer and its spin-off Major Crimes.[8] Later, he went on to portray Dr. Simon Craig, a love interest of Sally Field's character Nora Walker, on Brothers & Sisters.[9] In 2013, he starred with Rebecca Romijn in TNT's King & Maxwell, as Sean King, a former Secret Service agent and lawyer who now works as a private investigator.[10] The series was canceled after a single season. In 2014, he was cast in a recurring role on Shonda Rhimes' drama series Scandal.[11]

Tenney also appeared in several films. He starred as Benbrook Oil Company CEO villain John Milner in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, a lead in 1993's "Watch It", and as Matthew Perry's best friend in Fools Rush In.[12] In addition, Tenney has appeared in the following films in small roles: Tombstone, Beverly Hills Cop III, Nixon, Music from Another Room, and the 2009 remake of the horror film The Stepfather.[13] He also appeared in the John Cameron Mitchell film, Rabbit Hole.[14] He portrayed Martin Jordan in the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Tenney was married to actress Teri Hatcher from 1994 to 2003; they have a daughter, Emerson Rose Tenney, born on November 10, 1997.[16][17] He married producer Leslie Urdang on June 16, 2012.[18]



  1. ^ a b Boone, Roger S. (1992). Marjorie, Morgan, ed. Some Quaker Families, Scarborough/Haworth. Volume 3. Wichita, Kan.: Marjorie Morgan. p. 1582. OCLC 24404475. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jon Tenney profile". 
  3. ^ "Paid Notice - Deaths TENNEY, DR. LILLIAN BAUM". New York Times. 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  4. ^ "All in the Family". Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly. Spring–Summer 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  6. ^ a b c Laura Hitchcock (February 5, 2007). "Speeding the plow once again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jon Tenney Biography". Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  8. ^ Margy Rochlin (August 3, 2012). "Case Closed? The Squad Looks Familiar". New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Matt Richenthal (October 19, 2009). "Jon Tenney Nabs Recurring Role on Brothers & Sisters". Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Vlada Gelman (January 15, 2013). "TNT Greenlights Private Eye Series Starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn". Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ 12/07/2013 12:14 pm EST (2013-12-07). "Jon Tenney Joins 'Scandal' As Mellie's New Man". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  12. ^ "Fools Rush In (1997)". Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jon Tenney and Amber Heard Join The Stepfather Remake". MovieWeb. February 27, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Oh, Esposito and Tenney Complete 'RABBIT HOLE' Film Casting". Broadway World. May 17, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Closer Star Jon Tenney Joins Green Lantern". April 11, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Teri Hatcher biography". Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Keck, William (May 2, 2006). "Hatcher has eye on love". USA Today. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ Jay Bobbin (June 10, 2013). "Jon Tenney of TNT's 'King & Maxwell': It's good to be the King". Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

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