The most unforgettable ones from the Law & Order universe

The best cast members in the Law & Order universe!
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“ EADA John J. "Jack" McCoy / DA Jack McCoy - a hot headed EADA who rides a bike, who has knack for giving just the right closing arguments that goes straight to the heart of the juries and beds all his assistants? Need I say more? :-) ” - mjc_817
 
2.
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 Lenny Briscoe - the witty one liners that were part of every opening scene - you gotta miss those. And his partnership with Mike Logan and even Rey Curtis was awesome!" ” - mjc_817
 
3.
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 Elliot Stabler - Benson and Stabler - need I say more?? NBC/Dick Wolf - you need to bring him back NOW! ” - mjc_817
 
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“ ADA Claire Kincaid - did she or didn't she sleep with Jack McCoy? For us, Jack and Claire fans, yes they did. The best EADA/ADA pair in the flagship show! I was so heartbroken when they killed off Claire in season 6! ” - mjc_817
 
5.
Chris Noth
Two-time Golden Globe nominee and SAG Award nominated actor Chris Noth stars on Season 3 FX's critically acclaimed drama "Tyrant "and has two independent films coming out this year. On "Tyrant," Noth enters the show in its third season premiering in July, starring as Gen. William Cogswell, an exiled...
“ Before he was Mr. Big, he was "Detective Mike Logan" with the plaid ties, and the most amazing partnership with Lenny Briscoe. Glad I still get to see him in The Good Wife. ” - mjc_817
 
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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...
“ "DA Adam Schiff - you can't not love Adam Schiff.? ” - mjc_817
 
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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 Rey Curtis - the devout Catholic detective who cheated on his wife on the Seaso 6 finale with a grad student played by a then unknown Jennifer Garner. He was irresistible" :-) ” - mjc_817
 
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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.
“ "ADA Casey Novak - fiery, sexy and passionate! A great ADA to follow Alex Cabot." ” - mjc_817
 
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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.
“ EADA Michael Cutter - a worthy successor to Jack McCoy! He revitalized the Law & Order franchise. And I'm glad to see him in SVU this season. ” - mjc_817
 
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“ ADA Abby Carmichael - an ADA from Texas who seemed to be tougher than Jack McCoy! Loved her toughness!" ” - mjc_817
 
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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 Bobby Goren - quirky, intelligent, bordering on insane and definitely never boring. ” - mjc_817
 
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Carey Lowell
Daughter of an important North American Geologist, Petroleum Exploration Geologist James David Lowell, she has traveled around the world since she was very young. She spent her childhood in Libya. After traveling to different countries, she went back to the States, where she became a model, appreciated by people like Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein...
“ ADA Jamie Ross - loved that she came back as a judge and she was a worthy successor to Claire Kincaid. ” - mjc_817
 
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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 - he handled SVU well and handled Benson and Stabler very capably. ” - mjc_817
 
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Jesse L. Martin
Jesse Martin was born Jesse Lamont Watkins in Virginia's Blue Ridge mountain range. His mother, Virginia Price, was a college career counselor. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins, was a truck driver. His parents divorced when he was very young. His mother then moved his family to Buffalo, New York. He and his four brothers took the surname of his mother's second husband...
 
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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).