Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Highest Rated: 100% I Am Evidence (2017)

Lowest Rated: 11% Perfume (2001)

Birthday: Jan 23, 1964

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

Mariska Hargitay was an American actress who came from Hollywood royalty but ultimately made herself a household name thanks to her portrayal of the compassionate but tough NYPD sex crimes detective Olivia Benson on the smash hit procedural series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Born on January 23, 1964 in Santa Monica, CA, Hargitay was the first daughter born to Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay and the actress Jayne Mansfield, a 1950s era sex symbol. Hargitay's parents had divorced in Mexico back in May of 1963, but a judge later found the divorce to be legally invalid. The couple reconciled a few months before Hargitay's birth, but were legally divorced when she was only eight months old. A few weeks after the divorce was finalized, Mansfield married director Matt Cimber, and Mickey Hargitay married actress Ellen Siano. On June 29, 1967, Mansfield was killed in a horrific car accident, along with her lover, Sam Brody, and their driver. Hargitay, then three years old, was in the backseat with her two older brothers when the crash occurred, but they all escaped without major injuries, save for a zigzag scar on the side of Hargitay's head. For the rest of her childhood, Hargitay was raised by her father and Siano. She attended Marymount High School, a private Catholic institution, where she was active in cheerleading, student government, athletics, and the theater program. After graduating high school in 1982, Hargitay decided to study acting at UCLA. She also competed in a few pageants, earning the crown of Miss Beverly Hills USA her freshman year of college. Soon, Hargitay began booking real acting jobs, and dropped out of school. She was first seen in the music video for Ronnie Milsap's "She Loves My Car," before making her film debut with a role in the horror comedy "Ghoulies" (1985). The next year, Hargitay was cast in a lead role on the one-hour adventure series "Downtown" (CBS, 1986-1987). Even though the series proved to be short-lived, it showed Hargitay that acting in television was a viable career option. She next enjoyed a 15-episode arc on the primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990) towards the end of its nine season run, playing the amazingly named Carly Fixx. She then became a series regular on the short-lived police procedural "Tequila and Bonetti" (CBS, 1992), and had a cameo on the season four finale of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Following an appearance in the Oscar-winning drama "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), Hargitay co-starred on the sitcom "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS, 1995-96). During the fourth season of the popular medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), Hargitay played Cynthia Hooper. However, the following year, Hargitay was cast in the role that would come to define her career, beating out Samantha Mathis and Reiko Aylesworth to play Olivia Benson, a tough but compassionate detective with a personal vendetta working in the sex crimes unit of the NYPD, on Dick Wolf's spinoff series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999-). Though it was slow going, the show eventually became a cultural touchstone, and Hargitay was nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series eight consecutive years in a row, from 2004 to 2011, winning once, in 2006. To this day, "SVU" has outlived all of its other franchise counterparts, including the original "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) itself. Though Hargitay has appeared in other shows and films over the years, usually making a cameo as herself, there is no doubt that she will be best remembered as Olivia Benson.

Highest rated movies

I Am Evidence
Lake Placid
The Perfect Weapon
Perfume

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 94% I Am Evidence Unknown (Character),
Producer
- 2017
No Score Yet 84% Stuck Narrator - 2012
43% 46% Tales From Earthsea Tenar (Voice) - 2006
No Score Yet 71% Plain Truth Ellie Harrison (Character) - 2004
11% 51% Perfume Darcy (Character) - 2001
47% 37% Lake Placid Myra Okubo (Character) $31.8M 1999
No Score Yet 40% The Advocate's Devil Rendi (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Sins Paige Price (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 43% Blind Side Melanie (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 29% Hotel Room Tina (Character) - 1993
42% 63% The Perfect Weapon Jennifer (Character) $11.8M 1991
No Score Yet 75% Hard Time Romance Anita (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finish Line Lisa Karsh (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 14% Jocks Nicole (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 46% Welcome to 18 Joey (Character) - 1986

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2000 2005 2022
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sgt. Olivia Benson (Character),
Executive Producer,
Director
1999-2022
45% 81% Law & Order: Organized Crime Capt. Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2021-2022
No Score Yet 48% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2017-2019 2022
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2011-2012 2014-2015 2018 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
No Score Yet 53% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2018
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2014-2015 2018
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2018
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet 72% Nightcap Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2016
No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2014-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2015
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2015
80% 88% The Jim Gaffigan Show Self 2015
No Score Yet 89% Chicago Fire Olivia Benson (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2014
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2014
No Score Yet 75% The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barefoot Contessa Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 84% ER Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1997-1998
60% No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Sins Paige Price (Character) 1997
75% No Score Yet The Single Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
38% No Score Yet Can't Hurry Love Didi Edelstein (Character) 1995-1996
89% 92% Seinfeld Melissa Shannon (Guest Star) 1993
0% No Score Yet Tequila and Bonetti Angela Garcia (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Falcon Crest Carly Fixx (Character) 1981-1990
83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Courtney Dunn (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Debbie Vitale (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 18% Baywatch Lisa Peters (Guest Star) 1989