My Favorite Actors in the Law & Order Universe

My favorite actors and actresses in the Law & Order Universe, all incarnations seen by me, from the Mothership to the UK version.
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1.
“ Executive Assistant District Attorney/District Attorney John "Jack" McCoy ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
2.
Vincent D'Onofrio
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre...
“ Detective Robert "Bobby" Goren ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
3.
S. Epatha Merkerson
Actress, Law & Order
A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order...
“ Lieutenant Anita Van Buren ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
4.
Jerry Orbach
Jerry was born in the Bronx. His father, Leon, was a former vaudevillian actor, and his mother, Emily, was a radio singer. His family moved frequently and eventually settled in Waukegan, Illinois where he went to high school. The constant moving made him the new kid on the block and forced him to become "a chameleon" to blend in his new settings...
“ Detective Leonard "Lennie" Briscoe ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
5.
Richard Belzer
A social misfit, was kicked out of every school he ever attended, due to his uncontrollable wit. His mother (Frances) died of breast cancer when Richard was 18. His father (Charles) committed suicide when he was 22. A dedication is written to him in Richard Belzer's "UFO's, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Believe" (Ballantine Books, 1999).
“ Sargeant John Munch ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
6.
Jesse L. Martin
Jesse L. Martin (born Jesse Lamont Watkins; January 18, 1969) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for originating the role of Tom Collins on Broadway in the musical Rent and his role as NYPD Detective Ed Green on Law & Order and Detective Joe West on The Flash. Martin, the third of five sons...
“ Detective Edward "Ed" Green ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
7.
“ Assistant District Attorney Ronald "Ron" Carver ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
8.
“ Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
9.
“ Assistant District Attorney Abigail "Abbie" Carmichael ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
10.
Diane Neal
Diane Neal was born in Alexandria, Virginia. She moved to Littleton, Colorado, when her father was promoted to the position of federal attorney in Denver. She is the youngest of three daughters. Diane was a pre-med major in University, before leaving to pursue modeling, thus allowing her to travel the world.
“ Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
11.
“ Dr. Melinda Warner, Medical Examiner ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
12.
Mariska Hargitay
Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay was born on January 23, 1964, in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother...
“ Detective Olivia Benson ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
13.
Jamey Sheridan
Virile, fair-haired, set-jawed actor Jamey Sheridan was born in 1951 and raised in Pasadena, California. He turned to acting after a knee injury ended his pursuit of a dancing career. Beginning professionally on stage in 1978, he gained some momentum into the next decade and eventually reached Broadway...
“ Captain James Deakins ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
14.
Benjamin Bratt
The middle of five children, Bratt hails from a close-knit family. His mother, an indigenous Quechua Peruvian from Lima, moved to the U.S. at age 14. He grew up in San Francisco. He is known for his roles in the films Traffic, Miss Congeniality, and Despicable Me 2. He is married to actress Talisa Soto.
“ Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
15.
“ Detective Sargeant Ronnie Brooks ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
16.
Ice-T
The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade. His aunt lived in the South Los Angeles district of Crenshaw...
“ Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
17.
Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina was born in 1953 in London, England. His mother, Giovanna (Bonelli), was an Italian-born cook and cleaner, and his father, Esteban Molina, was a Spanish-born waiter and chauffeur. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. His stage work includes two major Royal National Theatre productions...
“ Detective Ricardo Morales ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
18.
Christopher Meloni
Blessed with a piercing, blue-eyed glint, brawny looks, cocky "tough guy" stance and effortless charisma, TV's Christopher Meloni has grabbed audiences' attention, male and female alike, finding breakthrough small screen stardom playing both sides of the law. Audiences first were taken in by his sexually...
“ Detective Elliott Stabler ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
19.
Linus Roache
Linus Roache began his acting career with a two-week appearance as a young Barlow on Coronation Street at the age of 11. He also played a boy with the bubonic plague in The Onedin Line. He spent much of the next two decades on stage. In 1986 he had brief appearances in a few films, including Link. He was brought to attention in 1994 after appearing in the BBC TV series Seaforth.
“ Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
20.
Jeremy Sisto
Jeremy Sisto was born in Northern California, in a small town called Grass Valley. He is the son of actress Reedy Gibbs and jazz musician Dick Sisto. His film debut was in the movie Grand Canyon. He studied at UCLA for a while and then started acting full time. Jeremy likes to play Bocce (Italian Bowling) and play his guitar in his spare time.
“ Detective Cyrus "Lupes" Lupo ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
21.
Eric Bogosian
Actor, Talk Radio
Originally a theater performer, Eric Bogosian has also made a contribution to film, applying his writing skills to several pictures, including his famous play, "Talk Radio", which was turned into a movie in 1988. Bogosian was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, to Edwina (Jamgochian), a hairdresser, and Henry Bogosian...
“ Captain Danny Ross ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
22.
BD Wong
BD Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in "M. Butterfly." He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the television series All-American Girl...
“ Dr. George Huang, Psychiatrist ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
23.
Dann Florek
Raised in Flat Rock, Michigan, character actor Dann Florek majored in math and physics at Eastern Michigan University until a drama scholarship changed the course of his career direction. Trained at Juilliard, he appeared frequently on stage ranging from the classics ("Love's Labour's Lost," "A Midsummer Night's Dream") to contemporary pieces ("Strange Snow...
“ Captain Donald Cragen ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
24.
“ Crown Prosecutor Alesha Phillips ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
25.
“ Detective Inspector Natalie Chandler ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
26.
“ District Attorney Arthur Branch ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
27.
“ Detective Sargeant Matt Devlin ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
28.
J.K. Simmons
Actor, Whiplash
J.K. Simmons is an American actor. He was born Jonathan Kimble Simmons in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Patricia (Kimble), an administrator, and Donald William Simmons, a music teacher. He attended the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; University of Montana, Missoula, MT (BA in Music). He had originally planned to be a singer and studied at the University of Montana to become a composer...
“ Dr. Emil Skoda, Psychiatrist ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
29.
Alana De La Garza
Actress, Law & Order
Alana De La Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio and later relocated to Texas, ultimately attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After college, she moved to Orlando, Florida, landing roles in a number of independent films as well as commercials. Her work took her to New York, where she studied extensively under renowned acting instructor JoAnna Beckson...
“ Assistant District Attorney Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
30.
“ Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers, Medical Examiner ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
31.
Steven Hill
Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1922, as Solomon Krakovsky, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Hill became interested in the theater as a little boy. After graduation from high school, he served in the Naval Reserve (1940-44). From there, he worked alongside a young, unknown star Marlon Brando in "A Flag is Born." His real acting debut came about in 1950...
“ District Attorney Adam Schiff ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
32.
Dennis Farina
Actor, Snatch
Actor Dennis Farina is unique among thespians in that he was one of the few to achieve success as a "late-bloomer." He did not start acting until he was 37 years old, after stints in the military and 18 years on the Chicago Police Department. He made his bones in show business as a character actor, often cast as a cop or gangster...
“ Detective Joseph "Joe" Fontana ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
33.
Julianne Nicholson
Nicholson was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts (outside Boston), and is the eldest of four siblings. She is the daughter of Kate (Gilday) and James O. Nicholson, Jr., and is of Irish heritage. Nicholson moved to New York which led to a modeling career in Paris. She attended Hunter College as a General Studies Major...
“ Detective Megan Wheeler ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
34.
Richard Brooks
Commanding actor Richard Brooks was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an actor, director and singer. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brooks studied acting, dance, and voice work at Interlochen Academy of Arts in Michigan. Later, he moved to New York City and was a student of the Circle in the Square Professional...
“ Assistant District Attorney Paul Robinette ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
35.
Jeff Goldblum
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born October 22, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Shirley (Temeles), a radio broadcaster who also ran an appliances firm, and Harold L. Goldblum, a doctor. His father was of Russian Jewish descent and his mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. Goldblum began his career on the New York stage after moving to the city at age seventeen...
“ Detective Zachary "Zach" Nichols ” - Ocean_Breeze