Jonathan Frederick "Jon" Tenney (born December 16, 1961) is an
American actor. He played
Fritz Howard in TNT's The
Closer and continues in its spinoff Major Crimes.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
Tenney was born in Princeton, New Jersey. His mother, Dr. Lillian
Sandra Baum was a psychiatrist and his father, Frederick Haworth
Tenney was a research physicist. His maternal grandparents were
Polish Jewish immigrants, while his paternal forebears were of English
ancestry. He received his
B.A. degree from
Vassar College in
1984, where he majored in drama and philosophy. He later attended
The Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 19
Tenney made his acting debut in a touring production of Mike Nichols'
The Real Thing. He worked steadily on and off-Broadway, and in
regional theater. At New York City, his stage credits include Biloxi
The Substance of Fire and The Heiress. He began working on
television, starring in a number of short-lived series, including
Steven Bochco's Brooklyn South, Kristin Chenoweth's 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.
From 2005 to 2012, Tenney played
Special Agent Fritz Howard, the
husband of Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) in TNT's The Closer
and its spin-off
Major Crimes since 2014, with Howard becoming an LAPD
deputy chief in the third season. Later, he portrayed Dr. Simon
Craig, a love interest of
Nora Walker (Sally Field) in Brothers &
Sisters. In 2013, he starred with
Rebecca Romijn in TNT's King
& Maxwell, as Sean King, a former Secret Service agent and lawyer
who works as a private investigator. The series was canceled after
one season. In 2014, he was cast in a recurring role on Shonda Rhimes'
drama series Scandal.
Tenney appeared in several films, including the villainous CEO of
Benbrook Oil Company in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and the
friend of Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry) in Fools Rush In. He also
starred in small roles for some films, including Tombstone, Beverly
Hills Cop III, Nixon, Music from Another Room and the 2009 horror film
remake of The Stepfather. He also appeared in John Cameron
Mitchell's film, Rabbit Hole. He portrayed Martin Jordan in the
2011 superhero film Green Lantern.
Tenney was married to
Teri Hatcher from 1994 to 2003, and had a
daughter, Emerson Rose Tenney. He married producer Leslie
Urdang on June 16, 2012.
Guilty by Suspicion
Beverly Hills Cop III
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
The Twilight of the Golds
Fools Rush In
Music from Another Room
With Friends Like These...
Advice from a Caterpillar
You Can Count On Me
Buying the Cow
The Divorced Man
As Cool As I Am
The Best of Me
Love the Coopers
Spenser: For Hire
Alone in the Neon Jungle
Episode: "The Brothers Silverberg"
Tales from the Crypt
Episode: "Half-Way Horrible"
Adams / Tony Madden
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
The Outer Limits
Episode: "Bits of Love"
Patrol Sgt. Francis 'Frank' Xavier Donovan
Will & Grace
Episode: "Moveable Feast"
Episode: "Family Values"
Without a Trace
Mr. Benjamin Palmer
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Special Agent Fritz Howard
Father Carrington / Lawyer #2 / Man (voices)
Brothers & Sisters
Dr. Simon Craig
Special Agent/LAPD deputy chief Fritz Howard
King & Maxwell
Hand of God
FBI Agent Vance
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Jon Tenney profile". FilmReference.com.
^ "Paid Notice - Deaths TENNEY, DR. LILLIAN BAUM". New York Times.
2007-03-11. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
^ "All in the Family". Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly.
^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the
original on 2011-11-11.
^ Laura Hitchcock (February 5, 2007). "Speeding the plow once again".
Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
Jon Tenney Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
^ Margy Rochlin (August 3, 2012). "Case Closed? The Squad Looks
Familiar". New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
^ Matt Richenthal (October 19, 2009). "
Jon Tenney Nabs Recurring Role
on Brothers & Sisters". TVFanatic.com. Retrieved June 13,
^ Vlada Gelman (January 15, 2013). "TNT Greenlights Private Eye Series
Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn". TVLine.com. Retrieved June
^ 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.
^ "Fools Rush In (1997)". Retrieved June 13, 2013.
Jon Tenney and Amber Heard Join The Stepfather Remake". MovieWeb.
February 27, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
^ "Oh, Esposito and Tenney Complete 'RABBIT HOLE' Film Casting".
Broadway World. May 17, 2009. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
The Closer Star
Jon Tenney Joins Green Lantern". ComingSoon.net.
April 11, 2010.
Teri Hatcher biography". People.com. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
^ Keck, William (May 2, 2006). "Hatcher has eye on love". USA Today.
Retrieved June 13, 2013.
^ Jay Bobbin (June 10, 2013). "
Jon Tenney of TNT's 'King &
Maxwell': It's good to be the King". Zap2it.com. Retrieved June 13,
Jon Tenney on IMDb
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