Angie Harmon’s Most Memorable Film and TV Roles From Before ‘Rizzoli & Isles’

Today, Angie Harmon is best known for playing detective Jane Rizzoli in the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, which ran for 7 seasons from 2010 to 2016. Though her take on the relentless Boston Homicide Detective turned Harmon into a household name, she was already climbing the ladder to A-list status when she accepted the part. Harmon appeared in a handful of major films and well-known TV shows before becoming Jane Rizzoli. 

Angie Harmon of Rizzoli & Isles
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Angie Harmon starred in 2003’s ‘Agent Cody Banks’

Agent Cody Banks — an inspirational and aspirational film for adolescentsstarred a young Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, and Angie Harmon. The family-friendly, action-adventure flick-turned-franchise focused on the government training of Cody Banks. Banks: a child set to become a special agent for covert operations that require younger participants. 

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While the government spends thousands of dollars training Cody to take on any challenge — any intellectual hurdle or fist-to-fist combat — they don’t train him in how to talk to girls. And, one of those women he can’t talk to is portrayed by Angie Harmon — Ronica Miles. 

Ronica Miles is the CIA Agent appointed to Cody Banks. She has no tolerance for nonsense, she knows how to take down any opponent, and she is a stealth expert. She also is known for wearing a signature red uniform that dumbfounds Cody Banks, as notes. Angie Harmon boasts quite an impactful role in the movie, though she doesn’t have a ton of screen time. 

Angie Harmon played A.D.A Abbie Carmichael in ‘Law & Order’ from 1998 until 2001

Angie Harmon appeared in 72 episodes of Law & Order as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael. She also appeared in 5 SVU episodes. She plays a political conservative in the series who opposes gun control and favors the death penalty. She’s hard on crime and doesn’t trust criminal rehabilitation programs. 

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Though mostly sticking to her guns when it comes to politics and crime, certain cases threaten Carmichael’s worldview, begging her to see society from a perspective she may not always agree with. 

Harmon played Ryan McBride in ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Baywatch Nights’ 

Angie Harmon appeared as Ryan McBride in one episode of Baywatch in 1996: “Sail Away.” She also starred in the show’s follow-up series, Baywatch Nights, appearing in a total of 44 episodes throughout the show’s three-year run from 1995 to 1997. 

Baywatch Nights featured Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff), who moonlights as a P.I., alongside his two friends: Garner and Ryan (Harmon).  When a new man steps in to replace Garner, Mitch’s cases take on a supernatural element, as IMDb notes. In short, though Angie Harmon has been tied to Rizzoli & Isles since first appearing in the show, it was not her first major character, as the actress had previously starred in silver screen and small-screen productions alike.