Dann Florek

Highest Rated: 78% Five Corners (1987)
Birthday: May 1, 1950
Birthplace: Flat Rock, Michigan, USA
Dann Florek was a working actor for 15 years, on stage, in movies, and on television before he became a television star on Law and Order. Born in Flat Rock, MI (near Detroit) in 1950, he was a physics major at Eastern Michigan University until he discovered his affinity for acting and theater. He moved to New York in the early 1970s and became a member of The Acting Company at The Juilliard School. Florek's New York theater credits included work in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labour's Lost, and Death of a Salesman. He later performed in many productions staged at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Florek's film credits include Sweet Liberty, Hard Rain, Angel Heart, and The Flintstones, and he has made appearances on NYPD Blue, Wings, The Pretender, and The Practice. Additionally, he played Abraham Lincoln in the short-lived Fox Network series The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer. It was as Dave Meyer on L.A. Law that Florek first came to the attention of television viewers, but it was his four seasons on Law and Order that made him a star. He became a familiar and popular actor as Lieutenant (and later Captain) Donald Cragen, the head of the detective squad on whose investigations the series focuses from week to week. Florek also directed several episodes of the series after leaving the cast of the show in 1993, and is an active member of the Directors Guild of America. In 1999, he joined the cast of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, reprising and greatly expanding his role of Captain Cragen, now head of a detective unit specifically assigned to the investigation of sex crimes. Equally skilled at comedy and drama (although more familiar for his work in the latter), Florek is one of a new generation of triple-threat actor/directors to emerge from television in the 1980s and 1990s. Florek continued to work on Law & Order until 2010.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Santorini Blue Actor 2013
No Score Yet L.A. Law: The Movie Dave Meyer 2002
60% Beautiful Joe Happy 2000
No Score Yet Exiled (Exiled: A Law & Order Movie) Capt. John Cragen 1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars General No. 1 1998
No Score Yet The Poet Actor 1998
28% Hard Rain Mr. Mehlor 1997
No Score Yet A Nightmare Come True Det. Ron Shaye 1997
3% Getting Even With Dad Wayne 1994
22% The Flintstones Mr. Slate 1994
25% The Flight of the Intruder Mad Jack $14.6M 1991
42% Moon over Parador Toby 1988
17% Sunset Marty Goldberg 1988
No Score Yet The Trial of Bernhard Goetz Judge Crane 1988
77% Angel Heart Herman Winesap 1987
78% Five Corners Policeman 1987
75% Sweet Liberty Jesse 1986
No Score Yet Alex: The Life of a Child Dr. Tom Dolan 1986
No Score Yet Eddie Macon's Run Man in Bar 1983


No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Capt. Cragen Capt. Donald Cragen
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69% Under the Dome
Colonel Walker
  • 2015
No Score Yet Law & Order
Director Capt. Cragen Capt. John Cragen Capt. Don Cragen Donald Cragen Cragan
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No Score Yet Smart Guy
Coach Gerber
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No Score Yet The Practice
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No Score Yet The Pretender
Don Larson
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84% NYPD Blue
Gary Hogan
  • 1997
76% Roseanne
Principal Dr. Rudman
  • 1997
  • 1990
No Score Yet Wings
  • 1994
No Score Yet L.A. Law
Dave Meyer
  • 1993
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Judge Crane
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
Robert Seamans