The Cast of Law & Order: What Are They Up To Now? (2022)


Clocking in as the longest running, hour-long, primetime television drama, Law & Order,ran on NBC for 20 years. Its highly popular format catapulted a number of it’s actors to stardom. Here’s what they looked like then and now.

Selenis Leyva – Mariluz Rivera

Though Selenis Leyva made better known today as motherly inmate, Gloria Mendoza on the hitNetflix series,Orange is the New Black, she’s more used to acting on the other side of the prison bars. Selenis played the detective Mariluz Rivera onLaw & Order beginning in 1999, and stayed with the show until the series wrapped in 2010. During that time, her character also made a crossover appearance onLaw & Order: Criminal Intent, which she followed up with a run on the seriesBlue Bloods.

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Sam Waterston – Jack McCoy

Sam Waterston may not have been a member of the original cast of the series, but after he joined Law & Order in 1994, he became a series mainstay, anchoring the show as the Executive Assistant District Attorney until the show’s finale in 2010. Following his 16 year run on Law & Order, he has appeared as the newsroom director Charlie Skinner in the Aaron Sorkin drama, The Newsroom, and is currently starring in the Netflix show Grace And Frankie alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

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Carey Lowell – Jamie Ross

Second wife of Richard Gere, following his divorce from Cindy Crawford, Carey Lowell hasn’t been able to escape the clutches ofthe court room as she’s been embroiled in a bitter divorce from the former Hollywood heartthrob. She began herLaw & Orderjourney in 1996, when she first began appearing as Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross, a role she continued to play for 5 years, until her departure in 2001. She was most recently seen starring in the filmC Street, as Magnolia Fallon in 2017.

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Jesse L. Martin – Ed Green

Jesse L. Martin joined the cast of Law & Order as Ed Green in 1999, and quickly became Jerry Orbach’s main investigative partner. Martin continued playing Green for a full 10 years, only leaving the show in 2009, a year before the series wrapped.While Martin may have gotten his start in the hit Broadway showRENT in 1996,Law & Order made him a bonafide television star. Since then, he has gone on to play yet another detective in the CW show, The Flash,as Detective Joe West.

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Carolyn McCormack – Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Carolyn McCormack began appearing as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet onLaw & Orderin 1991, when the producers realized they needed to add more women to a cast that was thus far entirely male. She functioned as the police psychologist, but the creators of the show were never quite sure how best to utilize her character, and she was demoted to just being a recurring presence, causing her to leave the show in season 7. She would continue to appear sporadically until 2013. In 2017, she appeared inMaggie Black.

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Chris Noth – Mike Logan

Perhaps best known as “Mr. Big”, one of the main love interests of theSex in the City women, Chris Noth first made a name for himself playing Detective Mike Logan in the early years ofLaw & Order.He appeared as Mike Logan for 5 years, from the show’s premiere in 1990 until 1995. Following up on his success as the on again off again Mr. Big, he portrayed another no good husband for 7 years onThe Good Wife.He played Don Ackerman inManhunt: Unibomber this year.

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S. Epatha Merkerson – Anita Van Buren

S. Epatha Merkerson as Anita Van Buren is the single most featured actor onLaw & Order. She began her run on the show in 1991, shortly after the show began, and closed out the series when it wrapped in 2010. Beginning in 2015, she started appearing in theChicagoseries, as Sharon Goodwin, a role she has played onChicago Fire, Chicago Med,andChicago PD, which pays homage in it’s procedural format to shows likeLaw & Order.

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Steven Hill – Adam Schiff

Another Law & Orderoriginal cast member, Steven Hill first began acting on television as long ago as 1949. Joining the cast of Law & Order when it first went into production, he played District Attorney Adam Schiff until his retirement from the screen in 2000, after 10 years on the show. Producers cast Hill because as a veteran television actor, he added prestige to the new series, and they often took his suggestions on the direction his character should be taking. Hill passed away in 2016 at the age of 94.

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Leslie Hendrix – Dr. Elizabeth Rogers

Leslie Hendrix was one of the first females to be cast in a featured role onLaw & Order, joining the cast as Dr. Elizabeth Rogers in 1992. She remained with the original incarnation of the show until the series wrapped in 2010, but also took time to appear in several of the show’s spin offs, includingLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, from 1999 to 2000, as well as one episode ofLaw & Order: Trial by Jury in 2005, andLaw & Order: Criminal Intent.She now plays Kathryn onGotham.

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Benjamin Bratt – Rey Curtis

Making appearances onLaw & Order as Rey Curtis from 1995 to 2009, he was a regular on the show for 5 years before he quit to pursue films in 1999, a period of time which overlapped with his relationship with Julia Roberts. The union ultimately didn’t last, but Bratt has continued to be a regular on television, with regular guest appearances in the medical dramaPrivate Practice, and24. He has also been playing Sophia Vergara’s ex husband on the ABC comedyModern Family since 2010.

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Paul Sorvino – Sgt. Phil Cerreta

Paul Sorvino was brought in as Sergeant Phil Cerreta after the disgruntled George Dzundza quit the show after only one season. Sorvino played the level headed presence to balance out the more fiery Max Greevey and Mike Logan. Sorvino too would not stay onLaw & Order for very long, as he departed after a single season to pursue other projects, as well as to save his voice for opera singing. He will be seen inBad Blood later this year.

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Annie Parisse – Alexandra Borgia

Annie Parisse joined the theLaw & Order cast in 2002 as Alexandra Borgia, a role she played for 4 years until 2006. Though she followed up this run with roles in several different television shows since departingLaw & Order, including Vinyl andThe Following,it wasn’t until she was cast as Kara Stanton inPerson of Interestin 2011. She continued as Kara through 2016. Beginning this year, she has been playing Sam in the new Netflix television series,Friends from College.

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Jerry Orbach – Lennie Briscoe

Jerry Orbach’s turn as the detective Lennie Briscoe served as an grounding force onLaw & Order. His introduction in 1991followed on the heels of his success voicing the beloved Disney character, Lumiere in 1991’sBeauty and the Beast. Orbach is yet another of theLaw & Order cohort who got his start as a song and dance man. He originated the role of Billy Flynn in the original 1975 Broadway production of Chicago, and played Baby’s father in the originalDirty Dancing film. Orbach died in 2004.

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Elisabeth Rohm – Serena Southerlyn

Elisabeth Rohm made her first appearance onLaw & Order in 2001, when she began appearing as District Attorney Serena Southerlyn, a role she played until 2005. During that time, she voiced her character for threeLaw & Order live action video games. From 2009 to 2010, she appeared in the dramaHeroes as Lauren Gilmore. Rohm has been working steadily for years, rounding out her TV appearances with roles in two award winning, David O’Russell films,American HustleandJoy. In 2017, she was seen in the Netflix showFlaked as Alex.

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Richard Brooks – Paul Robinette

Richard Brooks started his run onLaw & Orderin 1990, when the series first went into production. He stayed with the show full time through 1993, when the producers were mandated by the network to bring on more leading females or be cancelled, and Dick Wolf decided to let him go. He wasn’t kicked off the show entirely though, and Brooks continued to reprise his role as Paul Robinette in guest appearances through 2006. More recently, he can be seen as Patrick Patterson inBeing Mary Jane.

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Richard Belzer – John Munch

Richard Belzer’s John Munch has become such a staple of his identity as performer that he not only played the character during the original run ofLaw & Order, as well asLaw & Order: Trial by Jury andLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, but has also appeared as John Munch onThe Beat, Arrested Development, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, 30 Rock, andthe Netflix series,The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. His lastLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit appearance was in 2016.

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Alana De La Garza – Connie Rubirosa

Continuing the trend of the District Attorney being played by a beautiful woman, Alana De La Garza began playing Connie Rubirosa in 2006. She appeared as her character inLaw & Order, Law & Order: LA,andLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit. De La Garza has taken her on screen courtroom expertise to other legal procedurals, as she also appeared inCSI: Miamias Marisol Delko, and has been playing Clara Seger onCriminal Minds: Beyond Borders since 2016.

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J.K. Simmons – Dr. Emile Skoda

In a list of actors who all have extensive filmographies, J.K. Simmons still manages to have one of the most extensive. He joined the cast ofLaw & Orderin 1994, and played Dr. Emile Skoda until the series wrapped in 2010, with several breaks here in there while he appeared in other projects. Dr. Skoda also made several cameos inLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitin 2000 and 2001, as well asNew York Undercover in 1998. He was recently in the critically acclaimed film,La La Land.

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Ice-T – Odafin Tutuola

Well known as a rapper, Ice-T first began hisLaw & Orderrun in 2000, when he was cast inLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role he is still playing.He also made a guest appearance on the originalLaw & Orderas Odafun Tutola, who quickly became a fan favorite, and appeared as Odafin Tutuola inChicago PD from 2014 to 2016, though he most frequently plays himself. In 2015, he starred in his own reality show with his wife Coco.

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Dennis Farina – Joe Fontana

Dennis Farina had big shoes to fill when he stepped in the role of Joe Fontana, who was brought intoLaw & Order in order to replace Lennie Briscoe after Jerry Orbach’s death in 2004. Farina’s character was unfortunately not well received, and he departed the show in 2006. Prior to his work onLaw & Order, Farina appeared as Lieutenant Colonel Anderson in the 1998 blockbuster,Saving Private Ryan alongside Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. He was last seen inLuck Stiff in 2014.

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Tamara Tunie – Dr. Melinda Warner

Tamara Tunie started as a recurring guest onNYPD Blueas Lillian Fancy from 1994 to 1997, in between which, she made her firstLaw & Order appearance. After brief cameos inNew York Undercover, Tamara joined the cast ofLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit as Dr. Melinda Warner in 2000. She played the doctor for 15 years, and cameoed as her character onLaw & Order: Trial by Jury in 2005, as well asChicago Firein 2015. In 2017, she played lawyer inBetter Call Saul.

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Dann Florek – Donald Cragen

Dann Florek was another of the original cast members to joinLaw & Order when the show was picked up in 1990, but along with Richard Brooks, he was let go as a full time cast member in 1993. That was not the end of the line for Florek’s police chief character Donald Cragen, however. Though he made a number of guest appearances over the years, he became a regular member ofLaw & Order: SVU in 1999.He most recently appeared in the TV movieDisillusioned.

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Stephanie March – Alexandra Cabot

It’s not entirely clear if Stephanie March is better known for her role as Alexandra Cabot onLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, or for having been previously married to celebrity chef Bobby Flay. March joined the cast ofLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitin 2000, and remained in the role until 2012. Most recently,she appeared in 2015’sNeon Joe, Werewolf Hunter as Carol Blanton and also guest start in an episode each of TV showsNightcap andOdd Mom Outin 2016.

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David Lipman – Judge Morris Torledsky

David Lipman joined the cast ofLaw & Order as Judge Morris Torledsky in 1992, a role he played until 2005. Beginning in 2002, however, he also began appearing onLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit,but unlike most of his crossover counterparts, he would not be continuing his role as Judge Torledsky, rather he played the role of a different judge, Judge Arthur Cohen. He continued to make appearances onLaw & Order: SVU through 2009. David Lipman has not appeared in anything since 2014.

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John Fiore – Tony Profaci

Another of the detectives to debut with the series, John Fiore began hisLaw & Order run as Tony Profaci in 1990, and remained for 9 years. He starred inThe Sopranos from 2002 to 2004, playing Gigi Cestone. In 2014, John Fiore briefly reprised hisLaw & Order character on two episodes ofLast Week Tonight with John Oliver. He was most recently seen inPatriots Dayand will appear in the upcoming filmChappaquiddick which is completed and due to be released in 2017.

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Milena Govich – Nina Cassady

Beginning in 2005, Milena Govich starred inLaw & Order as a Nina Cassady, a detective for the New York Police Department. Though she only lasted one season onLaw & Order, she also played Jessica Rossi in the related show,Conviction in 2006.Law & Orderwould not be her last procedural drama, however, as she followed up her television success with a role inRescue Me as Candy. Govich has now become adirector, and her first short filmTemporary recently premiered at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

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Andrea Navedo – Ana Cordova

Andrea Nevedo is another Law & Order alumna who has become a bonafide television star. Navedo played Detective Ana Cordova for 3 years, from 2001 to 2004. She also made a singularLaw & Order: Criminal Intent appearance as a character named Adele in 2008, as well as a 3 episode arc onLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2013 as a character named Cynthia Mancheno. She has been playing Xiomara Villeneuva, Jane’s mother, sinceJane the Virgin first began airing in 2014.

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John Cariani – Julian Beck

John Cariani was first introduced to theLaw & Order universe when he appeared inLaw & Order: Criminal Intent in 2001, but in 2002, he was cast as a series regular in the originalLaw & Order series, as CSU Julian Beck, a forensic expert. Cariani stayed with the series for 5 years, before departing in 2007. Since then, he has appeared in a number of small film and television roles. He was recently inThe Blacklistand will appear in upcoming 2017 films such asPaper DreamsandNasa Seals.

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Peter McRobbie – Judge Walter Bradley

Peter McRobbie started his run onthe originalLaw & Orderin 1991, playing Judge Walter Bradley for nearly 20 years, until he left the show in 2009. He also appeared sporadically as Judge Walter Bradley onLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2003 until 2012, though his time appearing in procedural dramas was far from over. Most recently, he has been playing Father Lathom inDaredevil,a role he began playing in 2015,and in one episode of the 2017 series,The Defenders.

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Dianne Wiest – Nora Lewin

Dianne Wiest’s run onLaw & Order was just a blip in her extensive filmography that stretches all the way back to 1975. Like many other famousLaw & Order alumni, Dianne is a veteran of the stage, beginning her acting career with an appearance as Sandy in the stage play,The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Though Wiest was only onLaw & Orderfor 2 years, from 2000 until 2002, she has continued to work extensively since then, most recently starring as Joan inLife in Pieces.

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Anthony Anderson – Kevin Bernard

In one of the least popular casting choices throughout the run of the show, Anthony Anderson spent two years as Detective Kevin BernardonLaw & Order from 2008 until the series wrapped in 2010. Though many fans of the show were unimpressed by his run on the show, he has garnered critical acclaim with his hit comedy on ABC,Blackish, where he plays the father of 4 children, for which he was recently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy.

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Michael Moriarty – Ben Stone

Michael Moriarty was one of the original actors chosen to make up the team of prosecutors in the early days ofLaw & Order. He played Executive Assistant District Attorney Benjamin “Ben” Stone from 1990 until 1994, when he quit the show after making inflammatory comments that the producer, Dick Wolf, found unacceptable. Moriarty was able to continue working, however, and appeared in a number of TV series and films, until he was cast inPSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal in 1997. His last film appearance was in 2012.

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Liz Larson – CSU Tech Jessica Reed

Liz Larson began herLaw & Orderrun in 1992, playing CSU Tech Jessica Reed periodically for a full 15 years, before ending her run in 2007. From 2000 until 2002, she also played Attorney Regal inLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, and made a single cameo in 2003 as a character named Frieda Merced inLaw & Order: Criminal Intent. More recently, she played Sheryl Weinstein in the 2016 TV mini series,Madoff, that dramatized the real events surrounding Bernie Madoff’s rise and fall.

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Fred Dalton Thompson – Arthur Branch

Fred Dalton Thompson has perhaps had the most interesting journey of any of the actors on this list. The only actor on the show who has real life political experience, Thompson was an attorney turned senator, who represented Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. At the expiration of his final term, he won the role of Arthur Branch onLaw & Order, which he played until 2007.Law & Order was not his first stint on television, however. Thompson passed away in 2015 at 73.

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Georgia Taylor – Kate Barker

Georgia Taylor portrayed the crown prosecutor Kater Barker on Law & Order: UK. Despite her youthful looks, the character was straight-talking and confident in taking on the people above her. In her final appearance on the show, it was revealed that she had an estranged sister and she spent the episode tracking her down. In more recent times, Taylor has reprised her role as Toyah Battersby in the British soap opera Coronation Street. She lives in Bristol with her co-acting partner Mark Letheren.

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Freema Agyeman – Alesha Phillips

Freema Agyeman played Junior Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips in Law & Order: UK for three years. She was praised for her role in the show, and eventually crossed over into U.S. TV. Since leaving the show in 2012, she has starred in the Sex and the City prequel show The Carrie Diaries, as well as the hit Netflix show Sense8. She has also remained a big hit in the UK, portraying the companion of the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, Martha Jones.

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Harriet Walter – Natalie Chandler

Seasoned British actress Harriet Walter played the detective inspector Natalie Chandler for the first four seasons of Law & Order: UK. She was the boss of main characters Ronnie Brooks and Matt Devlin and was the ultimate devil’s advocate in their investigations. Amazingly, she became a Dame in 2011 for her services to British drama. Another one of her biggest acting honors came in 2015 when she made a memorable cameo as Chewbacca’s nurse in the space opera blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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George Dzundza – Max Greevey

George Dzundza was originally cast in the 1988Law & Orderpilot to star opposite of Chris Noth, as the senior police detective. The producers chose him because they felt like they could see him as the kind of cop they’d do a ride along with. Dzundza became difficult to work with when he realized it was an ensemble cast and he departed after only a year. He was last seen inthe TV movie Danni Lowinski in 2011.

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Kathryn Erbe – Alexandra Eames

Though Kathryn Erbe never quite made it onto the original incarnation ofLaw & Order, but she was a core cast member ofLaw & Order: Criminal Intent from 2001 to 2011 as Alexandra Eames, a role she also reprised onLaw & Order: Special Victims Unitfor two episodes in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Prior toLaw & Order, Erbe played Shirley Bellinger on the TV seriesOz from 1998 until 2003. After the series wrapped, she has appeared in small roles in a number of films. She was most recently inThe Sinner.

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Christopher Meloni – Elliot Stabler

Christopher Meloni began hisLaw & Orderrun in 1999 when he was cast as Elliot Stabler inLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role he reprised in several of theLaw & Orderspinoffs. A staple of the comedy circuit, he has also been in the feature film,Wet Hot American Summer, as well as the Netflix series,Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, playing Gene/Jonas. He also starred as August Pullman inUnderground.Meloni recently shared his willingness to rejoin the cast ofSVU.

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Angie Harmon – Abbie Carmichael

Though Angie Harmon had had moderate success on television in the early 90s, it was her role onLaw & Orderbeginning in 1998 that shot her to stardom. She continued to play the role of Abbie Carmichael through 2001, as well as making appearances as Abbie inLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit. Since leaving the show, she has acted in a number of TV dramas, and can currently be seen as Jane Rizzoli in the TV show, Rizzoli & Isles.

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Jill Hennessy – Claire Kincaid

Jill Hennessy began her run as one of the first of many women to play the Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order in 1993. She played the steely eyed Claire Kincaid for 3 seasons, before departing the show. She was last seen in the 2017 showShots Fired as Alicia Carr.

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Mariska Hargitay – Olivia Benson

Voted “America’s Ideal Female Television Character”, Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson is quite possibly the best known character to come out of theLaw & Orderuniverse, though she has mainly appeared in the spin off,Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. While Olivia Benson has popped up as a character on otherLaw & Order incarnationsandChicago PD, Hargitay has been starring inLaw & Order: SVU since the show began to air in 1999. She also made a cameo in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.

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