Many great actors will tell you that all it takes to make it is talent, a breakout role and a little luck. The names listed below had plenty of talent and got a break–and more than a little luck–by guest-starring on “Law & Order.”
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Guest stars in any TV series are important, but they’re even more so on Law & Order–without them there wouldn’t be anyone for the DAs and ADAs to grill! Below are some of the famous faces who have shown up specially to commit crimes. Who was the best at being bad?
If you’ve ever been watching an episode of Law & Order and experiences a sense of deja vu, that’s probably because you already know the crime. While facts and outcomes might changed, Law & Order’s on-screen cases are sometimes ripped from the headlines about real-life crimes.
Lennie Briscoe, played by Jerry Orbach, was the “most real fake police officer” New York City cops had ever seen, according to the The New York Times. But a detective is only as good as his partner. Vote for your favorite.
Even in a show so eminently quotable as Law & Order, Jerry Orbach’s character Dectective Lennie Briscoe stands out—fans waited for his endless string of hilariously cringe-worthy one-liners week after week, and they were never disappointed. Get ready to laugh out loud, we’ve uncovered a new batch of quotes from Detective Briscoe.
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Creator Dick Wolf sure knew he had a good thing going with the original Law & Order series. After the show had been on air for nine seasons, he introduced Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which made household names out of Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni. And that was just the beginning. Over the next few years, Wolf added Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) and Law & Order: LA (2010). There was even a movie spin-off: Exiled starring a Law & Order original, Chris Noth. But what entry in the franchise is your favorite? Did anything prove better than the original?
Over 20 seasons, Law & Order racked up over 50 Emmy nominations but despite the endless cameos by the likes of Julia Roberts, Elaine Stritch, Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Elisabeth Moss and so on, the prize the series took home most consistently on Emmy night was for cinematography (1993, 1997, 1998). As for its cast, the lead and supporting actors alike, while periodically nominated, never got the prize. Sam Waterston nominated three times — 1997, 1999 and 2000 — never won. Neither did Michael Moriarty, nominated in 1992, 1993 and 1994. But which of the show’s lineup most deserved a statuette. Vote on the nominees below.
To Law & Order fans, Benjamin Bratt may always be Detective Rey Curtis, but outside of the four seasons the actor spent as a regular on the TV drama, he’s appeared in an array of films, with an emphasis on challenging indie dramas. If you know Bratt only as a by-the-book cop, read up on some of his outside-the-box roles.
Can you ever get enough of Lennie Briscoe’s devilishly good one-liners? Probably not. Here are 10 more from the Law & Order vaults for your enjoyment.
1. “Besides battling the forces of evil, what other trouble’s he been in?”
2. “I liked this guy better when he had a heart attack.”
You know him and love him for bringing quick wit and even snark to the Law & Order legacy. Below are ten of his most memorable lines. (Not enough to satisfy you? Click here to see ten more!) 1. “Married and a Mets fan… he’s a glutton for punishment.” 2. “I’ve still got the wrong…
Ever since Jerry Orbach joined the cast, LAW & ORDER fans have waited every episode for the next great one-liner from Detective Lennie Briscoe. Here was a world-weary, acid-tongued cop who knew how to zing it. Ready to laugh, groan and roll your eyes at Briscoe’s street-smart-assery? You’ve got two choices. Tune in to LAW & ORDER on SundanceTV or read the below.
Author: Nina Hämmerling Smith Plenty of big-name stars sank their teeth into juicy guest roles on Law & Order over its 20 seasons of case-busting and legal maneuvering. (Julia Roberts, Chevy Chase and Sharon Stone among them.) But it’s a truth all New York theater actors know that the series was often a very early…