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Son of an advertising executive, Dick Wolf began his career writing commercials and producing them. He transitioned into TV crime dramas, writing for "Hill Street Blues" and "Miami Vice," and went on to create the "Law & Order" franchise that now spans the globe. From the original "Law & Order" with Jerry Orbach, S Epatha Merkerson, and Sam Waterston, Wolf developed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," with Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, the short-lived "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" with Bebe Neuwirth and Kirk Acevedo, and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" with Vincent D'Onofrio. When the original "Law & Order" went off the air after 20 seasons, "Law & Order: La" starring Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich and Terrence Howard replaced it for a season. Twenty-two years after the original series debuted, its spin-off "Law & Order: Svu" and the international versions including "Law & Order: UK" continue to »

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