Dana Delany Net Worth, Career & Personal Life

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Updated 2019/12/28 at 4:55 PM
Dana Delany net worth
Dana Delany net worth

This is Dana Delany net worth. This page features the net worth and biography of popular American producer and actress, Dana Delany. She is a sensational award-winning actress, and it is only right that we pen down these important facts and information for your reading.

Who is Dana Delany?

She is an American producer, actress, and also activist. She began her entertainment career in 1974.

After Dana appeared in a few small roles at the start of her career, her breakthrough came when she starred as Colleen McMurphy in China Beach, an ABC television drama between 1988 to 1991.

Further recognition came her way for her appearances in films such as Light Sleeper, Tombstone, Exit to Eden, The Margaret Sanger StoryFly Away HomeTrue Women, and Wide Awake.

In the 2000s, Dana appeared in main roles on various short-lived television series, including the likes of Pasadena, Presidio Med, and Kidnapped. From 2007 ‘ to 2010, she starred as Katherine Mayfair on Desperate Housewives, for which she earned a Prism Award in 2009.

She then starred as Megan Hunt in Body of Proof, an ABC medical drama, from 2011–2013. From 2014-2017 she appeared in Hand of God as Chrystal Harris.

Dana Delany Early Life

Dana Delany, born Dana Welles Delany on the 13th of March 1956, is one of the three children of Jack and Mary Delany. She was born in New York City, United States. Her siblings are Corey Delany and Sean Delany.

Dana grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts for her senior year.

She graduated in 1974 with an M academic honor of “cum laude”, an honor which was awarded to 80 out of 378 graduating seniors. At Wesleyan University, she majored in theater, and during vacations, she worked in summer stock productions. She graduated in 1978.

Dana Delany Career

After college, Dana Delany found acting work in New York City. This was in daytime soap operas such as As the World Turns and Love of Life. 

She supported herself by making appearances in television commercials for products. Her role in the Broadway show, A Life won her critical acclaim in 1983 in Nicholas Kazan’s off-Broadway Blood Moon.

Dana moved to Hollywood and in the next few years, she found work starring as a guest in TV shows like Moonlighting, Thirtysomething, P.I, and Magnum.

In 1991, People magazine chose Dana Delany as one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people in the world. In the years following her debut in China Beach, She worked steadily in movies, television, and theater.

She also added to her qualities, the establishment of herself as a vital voice talent. She won leading roles in several feature films such as A Promise to Keep, HousesitterTrue women, Resurrection, Light Sleeper, and Fly Away Home. She also made an appearance in the television mini-series Wild Palms.

In 1995, she featured in the Broadway show Translations, and two years later, she decided to return to Philips Academy, her Alma mater in order to work as an artist-in-residence with theater students.  

In 1998, She rejected the opportunity to star as Carrie Bradshaw in the show Sex and the City. She declined the offer due to the negative audience and criticism she got with Exit to Eden, a film that shared certain similarities with the one she was being offered.

She also played a gun-toting mother in one episode of the television series Family Law in 1999. Dana Delany is also very talented at voice acting. Periodically, she has performed substantial voice work.

In 1993, she voice acted as Andrea Beaumont in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, an animated feature film that was based on the popular television show Batman: The Animated Series.

This was followed by a cast in Superman: The Animated Series as Lois Lane. Also, she was mentioned by name in a variation of the theme song of Animaniacs, a Warner Bros. production. She also featured in a host of other DC animated films.

Dana Delany continued to work on a variety of projects,  TV series, and feature films. She appeared in Good Guys/Bad Guys in 2000 and Pasadena in 2001. She starred in the film Final Jeopardy in the year 2001, a film in which she was the co-producer.
In 2002 she played the role of a doctor in the television series Presidio Med and appeared in television movies such as A Time to Remember in 2003, and Baby for Sale in 2004.
She also appeared in films by indie film producers, including The Outfitters (1999), Mother Ghost (2002), and Spin.

She starred as Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in 2003. Between 2004 to 2006, she played many guest roles on television shows, such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Battlestar Galactica, Kidnapped, Related, KojakBoston Legal, and The L Word. 

Dana Delany appeared as Dana Delany (herself) in Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany, a television documentary. 

In 2007, she appeared in the following films: A Beautiful Life, Multiple touches of Sarcasm, and Camp Hope. Three years later, she was an FBI agent in the television series Castle. She also voiced the character Margaret Rosenblatt in the 2010 film Firebreather.

In 2011, She played an intelligent neurosurgeon turned medical examiner in Body of Proof. In April 2011, She was 9th place on People magazine’s yearly 100 Most Beautiful list. In May same year, she was the host of the fourth yearly Television Academy Honors.

Dana Delany appeared in the crime drama Freelancers, a film that also stars Robert De Niro, 50 Cent, and Forest Whitaker. She was a primetime guest host on Turner Classic Movies in December 2016.

In 2018, she was cast in The Code, a CBS Drama

Movies & TV Shows

Dana Delany has had a very active career which has been up and running since her grand entrance to the entertainment industry in 1974.

She has appeared in several TV shows, and movies, and also acted as a voice for characters in animated films. For her unique and talented performances, she earned many award nominations, some of which she eventually won. Below are the movies, TV shows, and awards (and nominations) she has starred in, and earned.


  • Literally, Right Before Aaron – (2017)
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – (2013)
  • Freelancers – (2012)
  • Multiple Sarcasms – (2010)
  • Camp Hope – (2010)
  • Drunkboat – (2010)
  • A Beautiful Life – (2008)
  • Flying Lessons – (2008)
  • Route 30 –  (2007)
  • Superman: Brainiac Attacks– (2006)
  • Getting to Know You – (2005)
  • Spin – (2003)
  • Mother Ghost – (2002)
  • The Right Temptation – (2000)
  • Outfitters – (1999)
  • The Curve – (1998)
  • Wide Awake – (1998)
  • Fly Away Home – (1996)
  • Live Nude Girls – (1995)
  • Exit to Eden – (1994)
  • Tombstone – (1993)
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – (1993)
  • Light Sleeper- (1992)
  • Housesitter- (1992)
  • Masquerade – (1988)
  • Patty Hearst – (1988)
  • Moon over Parador – (1988)
  • Where the River Runs Black – (1986)
  • Almost You – (1984)
  • The Fan – (1981)

TV Shows

  • 2015 – The Comedians
  • 2015 – No Second Chance
  • 2014–17 – Hand of God
  • 2011–13 – Body of Proof
  • 2010 – Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • 2010 – Castle
  • 2010 – Firebreather
  • 2007–12 – Desperate Housewives
  • 2007 – The Batman
  • 2006 – The L Word
  • 2006 – Battlestar Galactica
  • 2006 – The Woman with the Hungry Eyes
  • 2006 – Kidnapped
  • 2005–06 – Related
  • 2005 – Kojak
  • 2004 – Baby for Sale
  • 2004 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2004 – Boston Legal
  • 2003–05 – Justice League
  • 2003 – A Time to Remember
  • 2002–03 – Presidio Med
  • 2002 – Conviction
  • 2001–02 – Pasadena
  • 2001 – Family Law
  • 2001 – Final Jeopardy
  • 1999 – Resurrection
  • 1999 – Sirens
  • 1999 – Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story
  • 1998 – The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest
  • 1998 – The Patron Saint of Liars
  • 1998 – Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples
  • 1997 – Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man
  • 1997 – True Women
  • 1997 – Spy Game
  • 1996–2000 – Superman: The Animated Series
  • 1996 – For Hope
  • 1996 – Wing Commander Academy
  • 1995 – Fallen Angels
  • 1995 – Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story
  • 1994 – The Enemy Within
  • 1994 – Texan
  • 1993 – Wild Palms
  • 1993 – Donato and Daughter
  • 1992 – Cheers
  • 1990 – A Promise to Keep
  • 1988–91 – China Beach
  • 1988 – thirtysomething
  • 1987 – Sweet Surrender
  • 1986–87 – Magnum, P.I.
  • 1986 – A Winner Never Quits
  • 1986 – Liberty
  • 1985 – Moonlighting
  • 1984 – Threesome
  • 1984 – The Streets
  • 1981 – As the World Turns
  • 1978–79 – Love of Life
  • 1978 – Ryan’s Hope


  1. 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble ín a Comedy Series: Nominee)
  2. 1990, Golden Globe — (Best Performance by an Actress īn a Television Series – Drama: Nominee)
  3. 1991, Golden Globe — (Best Performance by an Actress ín a Television Series – Drama: Nominee)
  4. 2001, Emmy — (Outstanding Guest Actress ín a Drama Series: Nominee)
  5. 1992, Emmy — (Outstanding Lead Actress ìn a Drama Series: Winner)
  6. 1989, Emmy — (Outstandìng Lead Actress in a Drama Serìes: Winner)
  7. 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — (Outstandìng Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Seríes: Nominee)
  8. 1991, Emmy — (Outstandìng Lead Actress in a Drama Seríes: Nominee)
  9. 1990, Emmy — (Outstandìng Lead Actress in a Drama Seríes: Nominee)

Dany Delany Personal Life

There is no known marriage report concerning Dana Delany, nor is there any for her children. However, Dana Delany has reportedly had relationships with Henry Czerny (1993 to 1997), John Sacret Young (1990 to 1992), Don Henley (1987), and Treat Williams (1981 to 1984). She is currently in a relationship with Dave Holmes, her boyfriend.

Dana Delany Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $10,000,000 (Ten Million Dollars).

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