Law & Order has been on television for more than 20 years. Not many shows can say that! The show has gone through three remakes: the first one is the original Law & Order, the second is Law & Order: SVU, while the third is Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Many actors have gone through Law & Order in one form or another. Casts change almost every other season. The show officially ended its run in 2010, and there have been several spinoffs since. Nevertheless, you can almost always catch a rerun of some of the shows on television. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the main cast members of Law & Order, and where are they now.
1. Sam Waterston
Sam is the longest tenured member of the cast. He was part of the show for 16 years, playing a NYC district attorney. One of the reasons why the show lasted so long was the charismatic Waterston, who played Jack McCoy. After the show ended, he continued playing in series. His latest project is Grace and Frankie, an original Netflix show. He was nominated for several Emmy’s during his run in Law & Order. Fun fact: he was nominated for an Oscar before joining the cast.
2. Jesse L. Martin
Jesse was another long-tenured member of the original cast. He joined the show in 1999 and played the role of detective Ed Green. He left in 2008, two years before the show had its last run. After Law & Order finished, he played in The Philanthropist, Smash, and now in The Flash. You can argue that Flash is his best role so far, where he plays another detective, Joe West.
3. Chris Noth
It was hard for Noth to get accustomed to the role he had in Law & Order. But he was used to playing in a television series, as he was one of the main cast members in Sex and the City (we all remember him as Mister Big). His last project was The Good Wife, where he played the bad husband. He rarely plays in movies, but he did appear in both Sex and the City movies. He also appeared in the last season of Tyrant.
4. Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin was part of Law & Order for 14 years. He joined in 1995, staying until the penultimate season. Fun fact: he quit the show when he started dating Julia Roberts. He wanted to pursue a movie career, but one way or another, he finished in television. He played another detective, this time a secret agent, in 24: Live Another Day. And he appears from time to time in Modern Family. His latest movie project is Dr. Strange, but he has a small role there.
5. Fred Dalton Thompson
Fun fact: Mr. Thompson was senator in real life, from 1994 to 2003. And in 2008, he ran for president of the United States. Thompson passed away in 2015, but not before filming several movies. He joined the cast in 2002, when he was still serving as senator. And he was also part of the Good Wife later on. His last project was God’s Not Dead 2.
6. Jerry Orbach
Before he joined the cast of Law & Order in 1992, Jerry had quite a few good movies behind him. For example, he was part of Dirty Dancing, playing Baby’s father. And he played Billy Flynn in the original Chicago production at Broadway. Sadly, he passed away in 2004 from prostate cancer.
7. Kathryn Erbe
Born in 1965, Kathryn joined Law & Order in 2001, and was a cast member in the one of the spinoff series. She left at the same time as Vincent D’Onofrio, who was her partner in the show. She plays mostly in small roles nowadays. Some of those roles include Miss Taken, Mistress America, Billions, Dating My Mother, Elementary, and Worst Friends.
8. Vincent D’Onofrio
As mentioned, Vincent left the show in 2010. He and Kathryn were partners and friends. He was Detective Robert Goren, arguably one of the most interesting characters of the show. Before joining the show, Vincent did a number of movies, and after leaving Law & Order, he continued in the same fashion. He played a villain in Daredevil, an original Netflix show. He appeared in Magnificent Seven and Jurassic Park, and next year we will see him in the TV show Emerald City.
9. S. Epatha Merkerson
Merkerson, who had one of the most memorable deaths in the show, was part of the show from 1993 and up to the very end in 2010. After the show ended, she joined another police department-related show. Nowadays, she is part of the Chicago series, including PD, Fire, and Med.
10. Carey Lowell
Carey, who played the role of assistant district attorney Jamie Ross, was one of the most beautiful actresses on the show. After the show ended, she played a small role in Six Degrees. She was married to Richard Gere for 11 years; they split in September 2016 (the couple had two kids). After she split up with Richard, Carey started dating the founder of MTV.
11. Anthony Anderson
Anthony came to the show in an effort to replace one of the least memorable characters (he was the detective who came after Jeremy Sisto). Sadly, Anderson didn’t do a much better job. Before joining the show, Anthony had some success as a movie actor. He even played in Departed alongside some of the best actors in Hollywood. He joined Guys with Kids after Law & Order ended. Nowadays, he is having success playing the dad in Blackish, and received an Emmy nomination for his role.
12. Carolyn McCormick
Carolyn was in and out of the show. She played in different versions of Law & Order, always playing the character Dr. Elizabeth Olivet. After leaving Law & Order, she found a new series on which she also played a doctor, Madam Secretary. She also had minor roles in a few semi-successful movies like Equity, The Real American, The Shells, and That Thing with the Cat.
13. Paul Sorvino
Whenever I saw Paul in Law & Order, I couldn’t believe he could play a good guy. I was just so used to watching him in criminal movies, with Paul playing the criminal. After all, who can forget his role in Good Fellas, a movie that came out just one year before Law & Order. Sorvino was part of the show for just two years, in 1991 and 1992. As you can expect, he appeared in more than 20 movies after that.
14. Angie Harmon
Her role in Law & Order was one of the first prominent roles Harmon had. She was married to professional football player Jason Sehorn. They separated in 2014, leaving Angie with her three children. After she left Law & Order, Angie appeared in other TV series, including Women’s Murder Club and Rizzoli and Isles.
15. Dennis Farina
He’s one of those characters you instantly recognize as a cop. I don’t know why fans didn’t love him as Detective Joe Fontana. He was part of the show for just two years, replacing Lennie Briscoe. During his acting career, Dennis was one of the busiest actors in Hollywood (he passed away in 2013). After leaving Law & Order, Farina appeared in movies like What Happens in Vegas, Bottle Shock, Bagboy, The Grand, You Kill Me, Purple Violets and others. His last role was in New Girl, where he played Nick’s father.
16. Michael Moriarty
Michael was part of the show from the first season. Fun fact: Michael was one of the tallest people on the set. Standing at 6’4”, Michael was easy to spot. He retired from acting in 2012, after he appeared in the movie The Yellow Wallpaper. He also played Hitler in the movie Hitler Meets Christ.
17. Jill Hennessy
Jill was hired to be part of the show because of her looks, but her talent did not disappoint either. She played the role of prosecutor Claire Kincaid. Hennessy was part of the first three seasons, after which she left the show. She has appeared alongside fellow cast members in shows like The Good Wife and Madame Secretary. Other TV series in her resume include Las Vegas, Crossing Jordan, and Luck, all after Law & Order.
18. George Dzundza
He was part of just one season of Law & Order, but he was one of the more successful actors on the set. Before joining the show, George appeared in movies such as Basic Instinct, The Deer Hunter, and Crimson Tide. Following his brief appearance in Law & Order, Dzundza made it to shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Hack, and Stargate SG-1.
19. Jeremy Sisto
As I mentioned previously, Sisto was not much of a memorable character. He was part of the show in the latter years, from 2008 to 2010. At the moment, he is part of the show Suburbia, as well as Ice (filming). Some of the movies he appeared in after the show ended are Clueless, Robot and Frank, Girl Flu, Love Is All You Need, The Other Side of the Door, and The Jury.
20. Linus Roache
Another actor who was part of the show in the latter years, Linus joined in 2008 and was there until the end in 2010. Fun fact: he played Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne, in Christopher Nolan’s movie, Batman Begins. He also appeared in The Blacklist as the Kingmaker. At the moment, he is part of Vikings.
21. Richard Brooks
Richard was part of the original cast from 1990 through 1993. After leaving the show, he had a few minor roles, and is another actor who played in The Good Wife. As you can see, many of the Law & Order cast members were part of The Good Wife at one point.
22. Richard Belzer
Richard is a synonym for Law & Order. Alongside Sam Waterston, he is the longest tenured member of the show. Richard was part of Law & Order for 23 years, playing in the original series and in the spinoffs. He was a social misfit as a child, but his uncontrollable wit made him so likeable in Law & Order. During the filming of the show, he also found time to appear in The Wire, Arrested Development, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Yes, the show even had some rappers. Ice-T has actually had quite a nice movie career. He played one of the most famous characters on Law & Order, Detective Odafin Tutuola. Nowadays, he stars in Law & Order: SVU and is also busy taking care of his little daughter Chanel and his wife Coco.
24. John Cariani
John is another character on the show who appeared in different versions of Law & Order. He started in the original series, and then continued working on Criminal Intent. Some of his post-show work includes appearances in The Blacklist, Homeland, The Good Wife, The Onion News Network, and Numb3rs.
25. B.D. Wong
He was part of the show for more than 10 years, and he was one of the members who lasted until the very end of the show (even the spinoffs in 2015). Nowadays, he plays in Gotham and Mr. Robot.
26. Tamara Tunie
Tamara is one of the actresses on the show who appeared in other prominent television shows before joining Law & Order. For example, she was part of 24 and even Sex and the City. Her role in Sex and the City was minor (just one episode), but she had TV experience. After leaving Law & Order, she played in Billions, Elementary, and Chicago Fire.
27. Dann Florek
Captain Donald Cragen was one of my favorite characters on the show. He was a regular on the original show and the spinoffs; everyone loved the police captain. He retired from acting in 2015. And for those of you who remember, he was Mr. Slate in The Flintstones.
28. Stephanie March
For those of you who didn’t notice her, she was part of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (she had a small role). But back to Law & Order: she played Alexandra Cabot for three years. After her character was shot, Stephanie went into witness protection and her run in the show ended. Following the end of the show, she joined Neon Joe and Odd Mom Out. She divorced her husband, chef Bobby Flay, in 2015 after he cheated on her.
29. Diane Neal
Diane just has to work in a police-oriented series. After leaving Law & Order, she played in NCIS, the original series, and NCIS: New Orleans. But the role I loved her in the most was in Dracula II: Ascension (and that was before she joined Law & Order). Neal was also part of Suits.
30. Elisabeth Rohm
Bringing some of that German charm to the show, Elisabeth was one of the few foreign actors on the series. She was another beautiful lady who was probably cast for her looks, and was part of Law & Order from 2001 to 2005. Following the end of her stint, she played in movies such as American Hustle, Revenge Porn, and Joy, and TV series such as The Last Ship, Stalker, and Beauty and the Beast.
31. Alana de la Garza
You might think she’s Spanish because of her name, but no, Alana was born in Ohio. If there was one person on the show who was perfectly suited for police work, that was Alana. And she proved that by playing in series like CSI Miami, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, NCIS: Los Angeles and others. All that happened after her stint in Law & Order.
32. Milena Govich
Milena was part of the show for just one season, but it helped her get other roles. After her brief stint on Law & Order, she appeared in The Mentalist, The Defenders, Finding Carter, Rescue Me, and Conviction.
33. Leslie Hendrix
Leslie was part of four different versions of the popular show, and she was excellent in every single one of them. After she left Law & Order, she appeared in numerous successful series, including Madam Secretary, Gotham, and The Blacklist. Her latest work is with Sarah Jessica Parker on HBO, as part of the show Divorce.
34. Andrea Navedo
Andrea had one of the most successful post Law & Order careers. She was great in Law & Order for four seasons, but nobody could have predicted she would grow into one of the best actresses in Hollywood. She has the lead role in Jane the Virgin, an extremely popular CW show that netted her a few Emmy nominations.
35. Allison Siko
Allison is fairly young, at just 28 years old. She is still waiting for a good role to continue her movie and television career. Siko was part of Law & Order: SVU for a few seasons.
36. Andy Karl
Another minor character on the show, Andy is better known for his theatre work than for his movie work. He appeared in Law & Order: SVU, and he was part of the Forever TV series. As for his stage work, Altar Boys is one of his best works.
37. William H. Burns
William was part of the show for more than 10 years as Officer Robbins. Fun fact: he was cast as a policeman in movies such as The Bourne Ultimatum and Café Society, as well as the Rescue Me TV series. It seems like he is good at being a cop!
38. Julianne Nicholson
Detective Megan Wheeler appeared in the sixth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as the rookie partner of detective Mike Logan, who was later replaced by Zack Nichols. She stayed on the show for three seasons and has since moved on to other projects. Among those are Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex and, as of autumn 2016, she’s the lead role in the new series Eyewitness.
39. Christopher Meloni
Christopher was part of the show for just a few years, but he was one of the best parts of the show. Christopher joined for the third segment, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has also appeared in several other shows, like True Blood, Veep, and Underground. His movie resume includes Man of Steel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Fun fact: he is one of the voices in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.
40. Mariska Hargitay
Mariska and Richard are the two most memorable and recognizable characters of Law & Order. She played a cop for so many years that she had little to no time to do anything else. And the fun part is she carried her role to Chicago Fire and Chicago DP, under the same name: Detective Olivia Benson.