“Law & Order” has a long history and some of its actors were familiar faces. But who were the first actors on the show? We’ll discuss them here. Also, you’ll get to know some of the most memorable characters, including the legendary DA Hannibal Lecter. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it does give you a good idea of the show’s cast and characters.
“Law & Order” is shot on location in New York, so many of the actors landed on Broadway before they made their big break on the show. In addition, Jesse L. Martin (who played an HIV-infected college professor named Tom Collins in “Rent”) and Ed Green partnered with Lennie Briscoe (who replaced Rey Curtis), were both New York-born and New York-based actors.
“Law & Order” is a prime example of this. The show’s cast of law-minded, tough cops were made famous by the great actors in the show. One such actor is Dennis Farina, who played Detective Joe Fontana for 46 episodes of the series. In real life, he was a police officer for 10 years and even gave movie director Michael Mann a tour of the Chicago police department when he was filming the series.
Law & Order started in the late nineties and was one of the only shows produced in New York during that time. It was also one of the few shows that allowed many actors to pursue acting careers in New York. The cast was a mixture of actors who worked for NBC and the New York Theater. But despite being a popular show, it did not always have the best cast or the most exciting storylines.