Dann Florek Biography

Actor, Television Actor(1950–)
Dann Florek is an actor who once had a lead role on Law & Order and later on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Synopsis

From 1990 to 1995, Dann Florek made his mark in American TV starring as Captain Cragen in Law & Order. He later reprised his role as Cragen in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Florek continued making guest spots on TV in Wings, Ellen and The Practice, in addition to appearing in films such as The Flintstones and Hard Rain.

Early Life

Actor Dann Florek was born on May 1, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan. Raised in Flat Rock, Michigan, Florek attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he studied math and physics but switched to drama when he discovered his love for it and received a scholarship. Once he graduated, Florek moved to New York City to act on stage. In the 1970s, he moved to San Diego and starred in La Jolla Playhouse productions.

Acting Career

Florek left the stage to make his first small-screen appearance in the TV movie Braker. He made his film debut in Sweet Liberty with Alan Alda in 1986, but from there on out Florek mostly stuck to television, appearing in everything from Hunter (1987) to PBS's American Playhouse (1988) to Matlock (1988). From 1988 to 1993, Florek played the recurring character of David Meyer, husband of legal secretary Roxanne, on L.A. Law.

From 1990 to 1995, he starred as Captain Cragen in Law & Order. He later reprised his role as Cragen in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Florek continued making guest spots on TV in Wings, Ellen, and The Practice. In 1998, he played Abraham Lincoln in the short-lived controversial sitcom The Secret Life of Desmond Pfeiffer on UPN. On the big screen, Florek made his mark in the feature film based on the cartoon The Flinstones as Fred's boss, Mr. Slate, in 1994. Later that year he appeared in Getting Even With Dad, starring Macaulay Culkin and Ted Danson, and in 1998 he had a supporting role in the action thriller Hard Rain.

Florek is married to artist Karen Florek.

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