The Coolest & Most Bad Ass TV Cops

Listed by actor instead of character so people could see their faces.

And yes, I'm fond of the L&O's... so there. ;)
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“ Frank Pembleton - Homicide - Life on the Streets ” - DeuxVies
 
2.
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...
“ Elliott Stabler - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ” - DeuxVies
 
3.
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...
“ Mike Logan - Law & Order ” - DeuxVies
 
4.
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...
“ Robert Goren - Law & Order: Criminal Intent ” - DeuxVies
 
5.
Tony Shalhoub
Actor, Monk
Anthony Marcus Shalhoub was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His father, Joe Shalhoub, who owned a grocery chain, emigrated from Lebanon to the United States as an orphan at the age of ten, later marrying Shalhoub's mother, Helen (Seroogy), who herself was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents...
“ Adrian Monk - Monk ” - DeuxVies
 
6.
Jack Webb
Writer, Adam-12
John Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, to Margaret (Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. His father left home before he was born; Webb would never know him. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother in dire poverty that preceded the Depression. Making things worse, Webb suffered from acute asthma from age six until adulthood...
“ Joe Friday - Dragnet ” - DeuxVies
 
7.
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...
“ Lenny Briscoe - Law & Order ” - DeuxVies
 
8.
William Shatner
Actor, Star Trek
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
“ TJ Hooker - TJ Hooker ” - DeuxVies
 
9.
Don Johnson
Actor, Miami Vice
Best known for his starring role as Det. Sonny Crockett on the hugely successful TV series Miami Vice, Don Johnson is one of the stars who really defined the 1980s. As James "Sonny" Crockett he went toe-to-toe with drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, assassins, illegal arms-dealers and crooked cops on a weekly basis from 1984 to 1989...
“ Sonny Crockett - Miami Vice ” - DeuxVies
 
10.
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
“ Columbo - Columbo ” - DeuxVies
 
11.
Carroll O'Connor
Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a heavily Jewish community in New York City's borough of Queens. After graduating from high school in 1942, O'Connor joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study English...
“ Bill Gillespie - The Heat of the Night ” - DeuxVies
 
12.
Fred Dryer
Actor, Hunter
Former College Football standout at San Diego State University where he played Defensive End. Was a first round Draft Pick of the New York Giants in 1969 where he played for 3 seasons before finishing his 13 year career with the Los Angeles Rams.
“ Rick Hunter - Hunter ” - DeuxVies
 
13.
Telly Savalas
Actor, Kojak
Son of Greek immigrants. Soldier during World War II. Studied psychology. Worked as journalist for ABC News. The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types. He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders was expanded into the gritty Kojak TV series, lasting from 1973-78.
“ Theo Kojak - Kojak ” - DeuxVies
 
14.
James Best
American character actor and teacher. Born Jewel Guy in Powderly, Kentucky, on July 26, 1926, he was orphaned at three and adopted by Armen and Essa Best, who re-named him James K. Best and raised him in Corydon, Indiana. Following high school he worked briefly as a metalworker before joining the Army during World War II in July 1944...
“ Roscoe P. Coltrane - The Dukes of Hazard ” - DeuxVies
 
15.
Jack Lord
Jack Lord was the son of William Lawrence Ryan, steamship company executive. He learned his equestrian skills at his mother's fruit farm in the Hudson River Valley. At age 15 he started spending summers at sea in the Merchant Marine, and from the deck of ships, painted and sketched the landscapes he encountered; Africa...
“ Steve McGarrett - Hawaii Five-0 ” - DeuxVies
 
16.
Dennis Franz
Actor, NYPD Blue
Dennis Franz was born Dennis Franz Schlacta in Maywood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and is the son of Eleanor (Mueller) and Franz Ferdinand Schlachta. His father was a German immigrant, and both he and Franz's mother, a German-American, were postal workers. He has two sisters, Marlene (born 1938) and Heidi (born 1935)...
“ Andy Sipowicz - NYPD Blue ” - DeuxVies
 
17.
David Caruso
Actor, CSI: Miami
His low-keyed intensity, deep-voiced somberness, pale skin, puffy-eyed baby face and crop of carrot-red hair are all obvious and intriguing trademarks of TV star David Caruso. A hugely popular item in the 1990s as a result of a smash crime series, he got way too caught up in all the hoopla surrounding him...
“ Horatio Caine - CSI: Miami ” - DeuxVies
 
18.
Dominic West
Actor, 300
“ Jimmy McNulty - The Wire ” - DeuxVies
 
19.
John Nettles
John Nettles has been a familiar face on British and International television screens for over thirty years. From his early beginnings in the UK hit comedy The Liver Birds, he became a household name overnight playing the Jersey detective "Jim Bergerac". The series, Bergerac, was a huge hit in Britain and was exported to many countries across the world including France...
“ Tom Barnaby - Midsomer Murders ” - DeuxVies
 
20.
Nathaniel Parker
Actor, Stardust
Nathaniel Parker was born in England in 1962. The son of Sir Peter Parker and Dr. Jill Parker, he decided at the age of nine that acting would be his career of choice. His first public performances were with the National Youth Theatre, a breeding ground for many British actors. After attending The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)...
“ Thomas Lynley - The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. ” - DeuxVies
 
21.
Robert Blake
Actor, Baretta
American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series at the age of 5. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained attention for his cute good looks and his lovable, if somewhat melancholy, personality...
“ Tony Baretta - Baretta ” - DeuxVies
 
22.
“ David Starsky - Starsky & Hutch ” - DeuxVies
 
23.
Daniel J. Travanti
The highly regarded actor Daniel J. Travanti was born Danielo Giovanni Travanty in the southeastern part of Wisconsin on March 7, 1940, but raised for a time in Iowa before returning to his native state. The youngest son of an American Motors auto worker, he showed both athletic and academic prowess in high school on both the football and debate teams...
“ Frank Furillo - Hill Street Blues ” - DeuxVies
 
24.
Michael Chiklis
Actor, The Shield
Educated at Boston University's School for the Arts, majoring in acting, before moving to New York City. Michael has numerous theater credits including the roles of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It.
“ Tony Scali - The Commish ” - DeuxVies
 
25.
John Thaw
He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap. His first great success, though, was as Detective Inspector Regan in The Sweeney...
“ Morse - Inspector Morse ” - DeuxVies
 
26.
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...
“ Ed Green - Law & Order ” - DeuxVies
 
27.
Damian Lewis
Actor, Homeland
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh...
“ Charlie Crews - Life ” - DeuxVies