• Jon Tenney is an American actor best known for his role as Fritz Howard in the TV series “Major Crimes”.
• He was born in Princeton, New Jersey and has both Polish-Jewish and English ancestry.
• He rose to fame with his roles in “Tombstone” (1993) and “The Phantom” (1996).
• He has had a number of prominent roles throughout his career, most notably in “The Closer” (2005-2012).
• He has an estimated net worth of $6 million and is currently working on the romantic drama film “Wild Mountain Thyme”.

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Short Info

SpouseLeslie Urdang, Teri Hatcher
FactWas studying at Juilliard when he left to play a role in the National Tour of "The Real Thing," by Tom Stoppard.

Who is Jon Tenney?

Jon Tenney is an American actor, who has had a number of prominent roles in films and TV series, but is perhaps best known to the world as Fritz Howard in the TV series “Major Crimes” (2012-2018). At the start of his career, he was Behan in the film “Tombstone” (1993), and another prominent role was as Jimmy Wells in the film “The Phantom” (1996), in addition to other successful projects.

Jon Tenney Biography- Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Jonathan Frederick Tenney on the 16th December 1961, in Princeton, New Jersey USA, he is the son of Frederick Haworth Tenney, who was a research physicist, and his mother Dr. Lillian Sandra Baum, a psychiatrist.

From his mother’s side, he is of Polish-Jewish descent, while his father has English ancestry. He attended Vassar College, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in drama and philosophy. Later he enrolled at the Juilliard School’s drama division with Group 19 (1986-1990).

Career Beginnings

Jon’s career started in the mid-‘80s, appearing in minor roles in the TV series and television movies, such as “Spenser: For Hire” (1986) and “Nasty Hero” the following year, until 1988 when he was chosen as Feke in his first recurring role in the TV series “The Dirty Dozen”. In 1990 he secured his first notable role as Peter Bauer in the TV series “Equal Justice” (1990-1991), and during the ‘90s he had more success, enjoying popularity with roles in the film “Watch It” in 1993, and the same year as Behan in “Tombstone”.

Rise to Stardom

The role of Behan had put him on the map of popularity and he used the momentum to continue with prominent roles. He was Levine in the comedy film “Beverly Hills Cop III”, then played John Milner in the adventure drama film “Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home”, and also co-starred in the family-adventure film “Lassie”, all in 1994. He continued to build further his fame in the second half of the decade, co-starring in the romantic comedy-drama film “Fools Rush In” (1997), with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, and playing Patrol Sgt. Francis X. Donovan in the TV series “Brooklyn South” (1997-1998). He finished the decade with the regular role of Mitch Green in the TV series “Get Real” (1999-2000).

Jon Tenney

Jon continued with television roles, firstly appearing as Tommy Ballantine in the TV comedy series “Kristin” (2001), then in 2004 he was Hank Riley in the TV series “The Division”, while it was in 2005 that he secured one of his most prominent roles, chosen as Fritz Howard in the TV crime-drama series “The Closer”, in which he starred alongside Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, and Corey Reynolds. The series was extremely popular and won a number of awards, including a Golden Globe, while Jon received several SAG award nominations for his work in the TV series.

Continual Success

While his stint on “The Closer” lasted, he wasn’t very active in pursuing other roles, but still appeared in a few projects.

These included the crime thriller film “The Stepfather” (2009) and the role of Dr. Simon Craig in the TV series “Brothers & Sisters.

In 2010 he had a notable role in the Academy Award-nominated drama film “Rabbit Hole”, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Dianne Wiest, and from 2012 to 2018 he portrayed Fritz Howard in the TV series “Major Crimes”, which was yet another successful project on which Jon worked.

A decline in Popularity and Most Recent Work

From 2012 to 2015, Jon’s career stagnated somewhat, as he only had minor roles in indie films, such as “The Best of Me” among others.

In 2014 he was selected for the role of Andrew Nichols in the TV series “Scandal”, and throiugh 2016 featured in 15 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series.

In recent years, Jon played Ray in the television movie “Story of a Girl” (2017), and in 2018 he was Doctor Dorn in the romantic comedy-drama film “The Seagull”, with Annette Bening, Corey Stoll and Glenn Fleshler starring. Furthermore, he was Alan Jones in the TV crime drama series “True Detective” (2019), and starred in the horror drama film “I See You” (2019), next to Helen Hunt and Judah Lewis. Currently, Jon is working on the romantic drama film “Wild Mountain Thyme” that will star Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Dornan.

Jon Tenney Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

Jon Tenney is an award-winning actor, who has so far appeared in more than 70 films and TV series, all of which have contributed to his wealth. According to sources, Jon Tenney’s wealth has been estimated at ver $6 million, as of mid- 2020.

Jon Tenney stands 6ft (1.8m) tall, while he weighs approximately 171lbs ~ 78kgs. His vital statistics are unknown, but he has an athletic figure. His eyes are brown, and he has black hair.

Jon Tenney Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children

Jon’s ex-wife is the Golden Globe Award-winning actress Terri Hatcher.

She is best known to the world as Susan Mayer in the TV drama series “Desperate Housewives” (2004-2012), and also as Lois Lane in the TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993-1997). The two were married from 1994 until 2003, and have a daughter together, Emerson Tenney, born in 1997.

Sometime later, Jon started a romance with producer Leslie Urdang, a film producer and theatre executive. She came to limelight with the film “Rabbit Hole” (2010), which was well welcomed by the public and critiques, resulting in an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for the main star of the film, Nicole Kidman.

Jon Tenney News and Facts

Jon has made a great comeback to the big screen in recent years. with his role in the horror “I See You”, bringing him newfound fame. He was featured in several articles that depict his dedication, including one by Variety.

Jon has also appeared in a couple of stage plays, including “The Real Thing” directed by Mike Nichols, because of which he left Juilliard School. Jon also made an appearance on Broadway in 1985, as a replacement in the play “Biloxi Blues”. He guest-starred with his ex-wife Terri in the TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” in 1996.

General Info

Full NameJon Tenney
Height1.85 m
ProfessionActor, Television Director
EducationJuilliard School, Vassar College


SpouseLeslie Urdang, Teri Hatcher
ChildrenEmerson Tenney
ParentsLillian Sandra Baum, Frederick Haworth Tenney


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesGreen Lantern, The Best of Me, Tombstone, Fools Rush In, Rabbit Hole, The Stepfather, Beverly Hills Cop III, Legion, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, You Can Count On Me, Buying the Cow, Lassie, Love the Coopers, Music from Another Room, The Phantom, As Cool as I Am, Looking for Comedy in the Musli...
TV ShowsThe Closer, Major Crimes, King & Maxwell, Brooklyn South, Equal Justice, Get Real, Kristin, Sixteen to Life, Dirty Dozen: The Series, Crime & Punishment (1993), Good Company, Joint Custody

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1His maternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants, while his father had English ancestry.
2Cousin of Jay Wolf and Thea Andrews.
3Darkly handsome American lead and support actor who played tough guy roles in the late 1980s and '90s.
4Was studying at Juilliard when he left to play a role in the National Tour of "The Real Thing," by Tom Stoppard.
5Mother was a psychiatrist, father a nuclear physicist.
6The youngest of four children.
7Wife Teri Hatcher filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. According to the petition submitted in Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple have agreed to joint custody of their five-year-old daughter, Emerson Tenney. [February 2003]
8Graduated from Vassar College.
9Father, with Teri Hatcher, of daughter Emerson Tenney (b. November 10, 1997).




Story of a Girl2017TV Movie post-productionRay
The Seagull2017post-productionDorn
Major Crimes2012-2016TV SeriesFritz Howard
Scandal2014-2016TV SeriesAndrew Nichols
Love the Coopers2015Dr. Morrissey
Hand of God2015TV SeriesNick Tramble
The Best of Me2014Harvey Collier
King & Maxwell2013TV SeriesSean King
As Cool as I Am2013Bob
The Closer2005-2012TV SeriesFritz Howard
The Newsroom2012TV SeriesWade Campbell
Hide Away2011The Divorced Man
Green Lantern2011Martin Jordan
Radio Free Albemuth2010FBI Agent #1
Rabbit Hole2010Rick
Legion2010Howard Anderson
Brothers & Sisters2009-2010TV SeriesDr. Simon Craig
The Stepfather2009Jay
American Dad!2009TV SeriesFather Carrington Lawyer #2 Man
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World2005Mark
Masters of Horror2005TV SeriesDavid Murch
Joint Custody2004TV SeriesHenry
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2004TV SeriesCharlie Macklin
The Division2004TV SeriesHank Riley
Without a Trace2004TV SeriesMr. Benjamin Palmer
The District2004TV SeriesDan Lustig
Second Born2003Leo
Sixteen to Life2003TV MovieJoe
Buying the Cow2002Andrew Hahn
Will & Grace2001TV SeriesPaul Truman
Kristin2001TV SeriesTommy Ballantine
Get Real1999-2000TV SeriesMitch Green
You Can Count on Me2000Bob Steegerson
Advice from a Caterpillar1999Suit
Love American Style1999TV MovieDavid (segment "Love And The Jealous Lover")
With Friends Like These...1998Dorian Mastandrea
Brooklyn South1997-1998TV SeriesPatrol Sgt. Francis X. Donovan
Music from Another Room1998Eric
Homegrown1998Helicopter Pilot
Fools Rush In1997Jeff
The Outer Limits1997TV SeriesAidan Hunter
Hollywood Boulevard1996Joey
Cybill1996TV SeriesJack
The Ring1996TV MoviePaul Liebman
The Twilight of the Golds1996Rob Stein
The Phantom1996Jimmy Wells
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1996TV SeriesChing Dave Miller
Good Company1996TV SeriesWill Hennessey
Nixon1995Reporter #1
Almost Perfect1995TV SeriesAdams / Tony Madden
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home1995John Milner
Lassie1994Steve Turner
Assassination1994ShortKevin Sans
Beverly Hills Cop III1994Levine
Tales from the Crypt1993TV SeriesAlex
Crime & Punishment1993TV SeriesKen O'Donnell
Watch It1993Michael
Equal Justice1990-1991TV SeriesPeter Bauer
Daughters of Privilege1991TV MovieEric Swope
Guilty by Suspicion1991Shopper Husband
Night Visions1990TV MovieMartin
Murphy Brown1989TV SeriesJosh Silverberg
Alone in the Neon Jungle1988TV MovieTodd Hansen
Dirty Dozen: The Series1988TV SeriesJanosz Feke
Nasty Hero1987TV MovieStu
Spenser: For Hire1986TV SeriesGarrett


Major Crimes2012-2015TV Series 4 episodes
The Closer2012TV Series 1 episode

Camera Department

Radio Free Albemuth2010photographs: of India courtesy of


Beginners2010very special thanks
Adam2009/Ivery special thanks


Whole Day Down2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Major Crimes: Crossing the Tape - Inside the Major Crimes Squad2013Video shortHimself
Major Crimes: Major Crimes - Major Challenge2013Video shortHimself
The Closer Series Finale: Red Carpet2012TV MovieHimself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Celebrity Liar2010TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Infanity2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Working with a Master: Joe Dante2006Video documentary short
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Series
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
Very Important Pennis1997TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Lassie1994Video GameSteve Turner


Nominated Awards

2011ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Closer (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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