Some actors from the ?Law & Order? series include Jerry Orbach, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni. These actors were all featured prominently in either ?Law & Order? or its spinoff, ?Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.?
Born in the Bronx, Jerry Orbach was originally a stage actor, making his first appearances in off-Broadway productions during the 1950s. Orbach actually auditioned to be a series regular on the original ?Law & Order,? but he was passed over twice before finally being selected to play Detective Lennie Briscoe in 1992. Orbach starred on the show for over a decade, featuring in over 250 episdoes.
Starring as Olivia Benson on ?Law & Order: SVU,? Mariska Hargitay is one of the franchise?s major stars, picking up numerous Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work on the show. The daughter of bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and actress Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay began acting in the 1980s, picking up roles on a number of short-lived programs. She joined the cast of ?SVU? when it began in 1999.
Christopher Meloni?s role on ?SVU? as the good-hearted but short-tempered Detective Elliot Stabler made him a fan-favorite character, and his chemistry with opposite lead Hargitay was frequently praised. Meloni worked as both a construction worker and a bouncer before trying acting, finding his breakout role on HBO?s gritty prison drama ?Oz.? Meloni joined ?SVU? in 1999, appearing on the show until 2011.