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Dann Florek

Highest Rated:   78% Angel Heart (1987)
Lowest Rated:   3% Getting Even With Dad (1994)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
29% Hard Rain
  • Mr. Mehlor
1997
No Score Yet A Nightmare Come True
  • Det. Ron Shaye
1997
3% Getting Even With Dad
  • Wayne
1994
21% 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
78% Angel Heart
  • Herman Winesap
1987
75% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
69% Under the Dome
2013-2015
  • Colonel Walker
  • 2015
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Capt. Cragen Capt. Donald Cragen
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Capt. Cragen Capt. John Cragen Capt. Don Cragen Donald Cragen Cragan
  • Director
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2000
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Don Larson
  • 1998

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