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Tom O'Rourke (I) (1944–2009)

Thomas O'Rourke was a war baby, born in New York City in Greenwich Village. He was raised in Indiana,until his parents divorced and he returned to New York City's Upper Westside to live with his grandparents. He was ambitious and hardworking even at this young age. To help out with expenses, he bought a bike and delivered newspapers and laundry to... See full bio »

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American Gangster
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 2009 Winter of Frozen Dreams
Medical Examiner
 2009 Against the Current
Dock Man #1
 2007 American Gangster
 1999-2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Judge Mark Seligman / Campus Security Officer Anthony Schlasser
- Game (2005) ... Judge Mark Seligman
- Debt (2004) ... Judge Mark Seligman
- Bound (2004) ... Judge Mark Seligman
 2000 Now and Again (TV Series)
- Film at Eleven (2000) ... Dwight
 1996 Dream On (TV Series)
- Springtime for Tupper (1996) ... Warren
 1995 The Commish (TV Series)
Terry Malloy
- The Golden Years (1995) ... Terry Malloy
 1994 Melrose Place (TV Series)
John Taylor
- Dr. Jekyll Saves His Hide (1994) ... John Taylor
 1994 A Friend to Die For (TV Movie)
Mr. Lockwood
 1994 The X-Files (TV Series)
Steve Humphreys
- Darkness Falls (1994) ... Steve Humphreys
 1993 Ground Zero Texas (Video Game)
 1993 Wings (TV Series)
Luggage Man
- Joe Blows: Part 1 (1993) ... Luggage Man
 1993 Shaky Ground (TV Series)
- Misery (1993) ... Policeman
- The Tree House (1993) ... Policeman
 1992 Step by Step (TV Series)
John Patterson
- Country Club (1992) ... John Patterson
 1991-1992 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
- The Shadow of Death (1992) ... Weaver
 1991 Life Goes On (TV Series)
- Lighter Than Air (1991) ... Ron
 1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Jameson Whitworth
- The Lucky Charm (1991) ... Jameson Whitworth
 1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Mr. Stevens
- The Mouse That Soared (1989) ... Mr. Stevens
 1986-1989 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Hanrahan / Tom Hanrahan / Bouncer / ...
- Photo Finished (1989) ... Hanrahan
- Play It Again, Simon (1988) ... Bouncer
 1988 A Father's Homecoming (TV Movie)
Paul Miller
 1988 Patty Hearst
Jim Browning
 1987 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Captain Clarence Nelson
- Blindsided (1987) ... Captain Clarence Nelson
 1986 Eagle Island
Eddie Foster
 1986 Gung Ho (TV Series)
- Talk of the Town (1986)
 1986 Tall Tales & Legends (TV Series)
- Johnny Appleseed (1986) ... Joe (as Thomas O'Rourke)
 1985 Growing Pains (TV Series)
Fred Mathis
- Jealousy (1985) ... Fred Mathis (as Thomas O'Rourke)
 1982 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Justin Marler
- Episode dated 22 December 1982 (1982) ... Justin Marler

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Appeared on stage at the IRT Theatre in NYC in Suicide in B Flat (as Niles) and as Det. Slovich in The Invesigation. Also appeared on stage in the National tour of Promises, Proimises (as Karl Kubelik) and at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago) in The Hostage (as Pat) and The Bacchae (as Dinoysius).

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6' 4" (1.93 m)

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Is the only actor to have ever played the same defense attorney on three series in the Law & Order franchise. He has played well-heeled defense attorney Peter Behrens on episodes of Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. He also has a recurring role as Judge Mark Seligman on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, making him one of only a handful of actors to have ... See more »

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