Kim Delaney was born on Nov. 29, 1961 in Philadelphia, PA. She began modeling in high school, and moved to New York City to pursue this career further. At this point, she began studying acting at the William Esper Studio; in 1981, she landed her first professional screen role on the soap opera "All My Children" (ABC 1970-2011). She stayed with the series until 1984, at which point she began collecting roles in films like "That Was Then This Is Now" (1985), "The Delta Force" (1986), and "Campus Man" (1987). After a few years of minor parts on popular television series, Delaney landed a starring role on "NYPD Blue" (ABC 1993-2005), on which she played the character Detective Diane Russell. She stayed with the series until the end of its run, after which she played a guest role on the popular dramedy "The OC" (Fox 2003-07), followed by a starring role on the drama series "Army Wives" (Lifetime 2007-2013). In 2018, ABC announced development on a sequel series to "NYPD Blue," in which Delaney was cast among other original stars.