Law & Order is an American police and legal drama created by the infamous Dick Wolf which originally appeared on the NBC network, and has since then aired on various different networks. The show ran from 1990 until 2010 and has inspired several different spin-off series such as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"...
"Mike Logan", who's father was also a police officer, is one of the officers on the show. He is portrayed as a womanizing, working-class kind of man who has a rather short fuse.
Law & Order wasn't Christopher Noth's first legal drama. One of his earlier roles in the series Hill Street Blues paved the way for his TV career in shows like Law & Order as well as the spin-off series that followed, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also moved on to star in the Sex and the City franchise throughout his career and also had a supporting role on The Good Wife for many years...
"Donald Cragen" himself has appeared in both Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. "Cragen" is portrayed as a recovering alcoholic over the course of the show, but is nevertheless a tough police veteran who is very loyal to his fellow officers.
Dann Florek starred in over 60 episodes of Law & Order before moving on to the spin-off series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999. During his run on the legal drama, Florek also starred in numerous other shows such as Roseanne, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and NYPD Blue. His most recent role was in the TV movie Disillusioned in 2016.
"Ben Stone" works at the Manhattan District Attorney's office under "Alfred Wentworth" and "Adam Schiff". Being raised in a Irish-Catholic family, most of "Stone's" moral are based in his religious beliefs. At times he is known as the strict and unyielding boss, but fair nevertheless.
Micheal Moriarty left the cast of Law & Order in 1994 due to a lawsuit filed against the show, claiming it too violent for viewers. This lawsuit led to numerous disputes with the show's producers where he claimed that the executives were giving into their enemies and reducing the violence on the show. The producers claim a different story, saying that Moriarty was removed from the show because of his erratic behavior. He has moved on to star in several different productions such as in Hitler Meets Christ and The Yellow Wallpaper.
"Paul Robinette" works as a lawyer at the Manhattan District Attorney's office. He is an active advocate of racial equality throughout the show and disgusted by racism in modern society. At the same time, "Robinette" has no sympathy for African Americans who break the law and demands being treated equally by his fellow peers.
Richard Brooks starred in numerous feature films and shows during his run on Law & Order including The Substitute, The Crow: City of Angels and Firefly. Brooks currently stars in the BET original series Being Mary Jane and has just recently appeared in the fourth season of The Flash.
"Adam Schiff" works as the district attorney on the show. He is portrayed as a person with democratic beliefs, who is not judged by his peers for his political inclinations. He is very close to fellow attorney "Ben Stone".
Law & Order can be seen as the end of Steven Hill's long career and was considered one of the longest serving cast members on the show. Steven Hill passed away in Monsey, New York on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the age of 94.
"Dr. Elizabeth Olivet" plays a clinical psychologist who works for the 27th Detective Squad and The District Attorney's office in Manhattan. One of her many jobs is to interview murder suspects to determine whether they are legally sane or not.
Carolyn McCormick moved on to narrate and voice in a few different productions such as The Hunger Games audio book franchise as well in the movie The Dust Bowl in 2012. Her latest role was in the Showtime series Billions playing the role of "Steph Green".
"Lennie Briscoe" is a senior detective at the New York City Police Department. Before joining the 27th Detective Squad, he was assigned to the 116th Detective squad in Queens, New York City.
Jerry Ohrbach was also one of the longest starring Law & Order characters on the show, even winning a Primetime Emmy Award in 1997. He went on to star in other NBC series like Homocide: Life on the Street as well as two Law & Order spin-offs. Ohrbach was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January of 1994 and eventually succumbed to his disease in March of 2004.
"Anita Van Buren" succeeded Captain "Don Cragen" as commander of the 27th precinct detective squad after "Cragen" transferred to the Anti-Corruption Task Force. She is in charge of most of the detectives throughout the show including "Ed Green", "Rey Curtis" and "Joe Fontana".
S. Epatha Merkerson actually first appeared in the first season of Law & Order where she played a grief stricken mother. The producers were so impressed with her performance that they chose Merkerson to take Dann Florek's place as detective chief in the fourth season. She later moved on to star in Come Back, Little Sheba in 2007. In 2012 she became the host of the show Find Our Missing which was dedicated mainly to finding missing people of color. She most recently starred in 3 episodes Chicago P.D. back in 2016.
"Jack McCoy" is a 24-year veteran and is appointed executive assistant attorney by "Adam Schiff" during the premiere of season 5. He quickly establishes himself as the more unconventional type of attorney often bending the rules or just outright breaking them to achieve his goals.
Sam Waterston moved on to voice act and narrate in different productions such as the NBC documentary The Great Race and Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. In 2015, Waterston joined the cast of the Netflix series Grace & Frankie after starring in the HBO hit The Newsroom from 2012 until 2014.
"Rey Curtis" was introduced as a homicide detective in the New York Police Department. He has a more black and white perspective on serving justice to to criminals: whoever commits a serious crime, he or she should go to jail regardless of the reasons or circumstances.
Benjamin Bratt moved on to star in La Mission, The Lesser Blessed, Despicable Me 2, Doctor Strange, The Infiltrator and Coco. Benjamin Bratt is currently in a relationship with his former co-star Talisa Soto with whom he now has two kids.
"Abbie Carmichael" is first introduced as as "Jamie Ross's" replacement who just transferred from the Narcotics Bureau. She portrays the typical conservative ideology, being pro-life and opposing gun control. Like many of the characters on the show, her beliefs often play a role her way of working.
Angie Harmon left the show in 2001 to concentrate on her film career. She moved on to play a supporting role in "Agent Cody Banks" as well as a one of the two starring roles on the series Rizzoli & Isles for which she was awarded a Gracie Award in 2012.
"Ed Green" is first introduced as the senior detective Lennie Briscoe's new junior partner who succeeds Rey Curtis. Just like some of his co-workers, his willingness to bend the rules at times is what makes him stand out at times.
Jesse L. Martin moved on to star in The Philanthropist, Smash and Sofia The First. He also starred in a few episodes of the Law & Order spin-offs. He currently lives in Manhattan.
"Arthur Branch" is elected District Attorney in 2002, replacing "Nora Lewin" in the process. One of the reasons for his election was the population's concern for better safety after the attacks of 9/11. He is considered a slightly extreme legal and political conservative which often leads to conflict with other co-workers such as "Jack McCoy".
Fred Thompson, who actually worked as a U.S. Senator before starring in the Law & Order franchise. His acting career is rather on and off, but Thompson did in fact return to acting for a short while starring in the ABC series Life on Mars as well the movie Alleged. He also had a short stint on The Good Wife.