Jessica Namath- Biography, Career, and Relationships
Who is Jessica Namath?
Jessica Namath is an American actress mainly known for starring in documentary movies such as The Wedding Ringer (2015) and Namath (2012).
She rose to fame as the eldest daughter of famous American quarterback Joseph William Namath.
Jessica married Irish songwriter Brian Kennedy, but they broke up for obscure reasons. Additionally, Jessica Namath also has a daughter.
Let’s get started with some quick facts about Jessica Namath:
|Full Name||Jessica Namath|
|Age||37 years old|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, USA|
|Currently residing||New York City, New York, USA|
|Education||The Archer School for Girls |
University of Alabama
|Parents||Joseph William Namath (Father) |
Deborah Mays (Mother)
|Grand Parents||Frank Namath (Grandfather) |
|Siblings||Olivia Namath (Sister)|
|Spouse Name||Brian Kennedy (Ex-husband)|
|Children||John Kennedy (Son) |
Jemma Namath (Daughter)
|Profession||Actress, Photographer, and Social Environmentalist|
|Movies||The Wedding Ringer (2015),|
Early Life and Childhood
Jessica Namath was born in 1986. She hasn’t made her exact date of birth public. Jessica Namath is the daughter of American football quarterback Joseph William Namath and actress Deborah Mays Namath.
She finished high school at The Archer School for Girls. For higher studies, she went to the University of Alabama.
Joseph William Namath
Joseph William Namath, AKA Joe Namath, is the father of Jessica Namath. He was born on May 31, 1943, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA.
He is a former American football player who played with the New York Jets in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL).
Joe Namath played in the quarterback position. He is of Hungarian descent. His father, Janos Namath, was a steelworker.
Joe attended Beaver Falls High School in Pennsylvania. Throughout high school, Joe Namath excelled in all sports, primarily American football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated high school in 1961.
Joe Namath attended the University of Alabama to focus primarily on playing college football, but that extreme focus led him to drop out and pursue football full-time.
When he was 64 years old, Joe Namath was given a degree by the University of Alabama after completing an arts degree.
He had a very successful AFL career being the AFL MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 1968 and 1969 consecutively. He has also done a few acting roles.
Deborah Mays Namath
Deborah Mays Namath is the mother of Jessica and Olivia Namath. Born on September 1, 1964, Deborah is an American model turned actress.
She hasn’t completed her high school studies because she started working quite young. She most notably acted in the television show “The Great American Hero.”
Namath and Deborah met while taking a voice class in 1983. At that time, he was 39, and she was 22. They married in 1984 and were together for 16 years.
Deborah has made some comments regarding the divorce, citing that Joe Namath is an alcoholic. Adding to that was their 17 years of age difference. Finally, it was Joe’s abusive behavior that finally led to the divorce.
Related: Lifestory of Jessica Namath’s mother and father.
Olivia Rose Namath
Born on December 11, 1990, Olivia Rose Namath is Jessica’s younger sister. After her parents’ divorce in 2000, Olivia had a rough time dealing with the separation.
In 2007, when Olivia was only 17 years old and still in high school, she got pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Natalia. Natalia stayed with her grandmother Deborah in California.
Natalia’s father’s identity was only revealed after her birth. His name is Edwin Baker III, and he was 19 at the time of Natalia’s birth. Edwin has a poor police record of being arrested multiple times and is thus primarily absent from Natalia and Olivia’s lives.
In 2013, she got Edwin Baker at the Ca’d’Zan. Edwin Baker adopted Natalia as his daughter; now, she lives with the couple.
Brian Kennedy (Ex-husband)
Brian Kennedy is an Irish songwriter. From Jessica’s relationship with Brian, she has one son named John Kennedy, born in mid-2016. As of now, he is 7 years old.
Apart from John, she is also the mother of one daughter, Jemma Namath. Now the identity of Jemma’s dad is still up for debate but judging by the series of events; it looks like Brian might be her father.
In September 2016, Jessica filed a divorce against Brian, suggesting he was a drug and alcohol abuser.
The divorce of Jessica Namath from Brian Kennedy sparked a lot of controversies. Initially, it was Jessica who had claimed the main reason for the divorce to be the alcohol and drug abuse of Brian Kennedy.
So, she also sought custody of her children and child support. However, Brian backed himself by stating the obvious that her father, the rich retired football player, would easily be able to fund her and her children.
He made the claim that Jessica didn’t need his financial support. Jessica’s lawyers retaliated by claiming that Brian’s demands were an overreach in his right to get financial insights into the Namath family. Later, Brian won the case.
Jessica Namath made her acting debut in the documentary-style movie “Namath” by Ouisie Shapiro. Then, she appeared in the comedy movie “The Wedding Ringer” in 2015.
With these movies under her belt, she has been on an intermittent hiatus in her acting career. She is now working as an advocate for conserving the environment. Her social works have inspired millions around the globe.
The Net Worth of Jessica Namath
As of 2023, Jessica Namath’s net worth is around USD 500k.