Tracey Needham

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Tracey Needham
Born Tracey Renee Needham
(1967-03-28) March 28, 1967 (age 50)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Tommy Hinkley (1995–present)
Children 1

Tracey Needham is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Paige Thatcher on Life Goes On during the series' second to fourth seasons (1990–1993), then on the first season of JAG as Lt. Meg Austin (1995–1996), and as Inspector Candace DeLorenzo on The Division (2001-2003).


Needham was born on March 28, 1967, in Dallas, Texas,[1] where her father was a homebuilder. When she was eight, the Needhams moved to Denver, Colorado, and her father's work dictated that the family move back and forth between the two cities. Needham was fully grown (she stands 5'11") by the eighth grade, and later, when she took to heart a high-school theater director's snippy advice that she was too tall to appear on stage, she worked on the technical crew instead. After her high-school graduation, Needham traveled through Europe and Australia. In 1988, she went to Los Angeles to study acting and audition for roles. She made her TV acting debut on Jake and the Fatman. After a few more acting classes, she landed the part of Paige Thatcher, the big sister, on Life Goes On, beginning in the series' second season.[1]

While growing up, she was always jumping into football games and wanted to be treated equally and not have boys take it easy on her. Later she would call on her own past experiences to play the strong but feminine Lt. (j.g.) Meg Austin in the first season of JAG. As the female star of a military action-adventure series, Needham portrayed a Navy judge advocate who was also a computer-weapons expert.

She married actor Tommy Hinkley in January 1995[2] and they have a daughter, Katie, born in 1999.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Jake and the Fatman Gloria Connor Episode: "Rhapsody in Blue"
1989–1990 Coach Ann Episodes: "Carnival Knowledge" and "Dauber's Got a Girl"
1990 Shannon's Deal Gail Episode: "Sanctuary"
1992 Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story Bonnie Parker TV Movie
1993 Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story Rena TV Movie
1990–1993 Life Goes On Paige Thacher Series regular, 40 episodes
1993 Lush Life Sarah TV Movie
1994 Sensation Maryann
1995–1996 JAG Lt. j.g. Meg Austin Series regular, 20 episodes
1997 Total Security Ellie Jones Series regular, 13 episodes
1997 Last Stand at Saber River Lorraine Kidston TV Movie
1995–1997 VR.5 Samantha Bloom 4 episodes
1997 Buried Alive II Roxanne TV Movie
1997 Tupperware Party Stacey Short film
1999 Justice Gina Gallagher TV Movie
2000 The Pretender Rachel Daly Episode: "School Daze"
2000 919 Fifth Avenue Julia Van Degen TV Movie
2001 The Ponder Heart Elsie Fleming TV Movie
2001–2003 The Division Inspector Candace 'C. D.' DeLorenzo Series regular, 66 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jessica Abernathy Episode: "Bad Words"
2004 Angel in the Family Sarah TV Movie
2005 CSI: Miami Cheri Lyle Manning Episode: "Recoil"
2006 Murder 101 Cheryl Collins TV Movie
2006 Criminal Minds Marilyn Copeland Episode: "What Fresh Hell?"
2006 The Last Miracle Dr. Jacobs Short film
2006 Without a Trace Joanie McMurphy Episode: "Shattered"
2007 Veronica Mars Kathleen Barry 3 episodes
2010 The Last Harbor Sarah Sharpe


  1. ^ a b "Tracey Needham". Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Tracey Needham Biography (1967-)". Retrieved 2014-01-12. 

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