Two of the leading cast members of the long-running TV series "Law & Order" were Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy and S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren. Other stars of the series were Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe and Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff. With nearly 400 episodes during its 20-year run, the full cast list for "Law & Order" is a virtual who's who of American film and TV.
Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson led the ensemble cast, appearing in 368 and 391 episodes, respectively. Others noted for their long-running roles were Jerry Orbach, who appeared in 274 episodes, and Steven Hill, who was in 229 episodes.
Others who appeared in shorter-term roles on the show include Chris Noth, who appeared 111 times; Benjamin Bratt in 95 episodes; Anthony Anderson, who starred in 50 episodes; Dianne Wiest, who appeared in 48 episodes; and J.K. Simmons, who was featured in 46 episodes. Several actors, such as Kate Mara, Rainn Wilson and Ty Burrell, appeared on the show early in their careers before finding fame on other TV shows.
After leaving "Law & Order," J.K. Simmons went on to win an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 2014. Kate Mara went on to star in "House of Cards," Rainn Wilson became a star on the U.S. edition of "The Office" and Ty Burrell has won an Emmy for his work on "Modern Family."