When Dick Wolf created the original Law and Order in 1990, he changed television forever. Not only is it the longest-running hour-long primetime television series in US history, but it is also the basis for five spin-offs, four video games, and a television movie. Now, there is a Law and Order for everyone. Each show, while similar in tone and structure, dealt with different types of crimes and featured varying dynamics between its characters. In fact, one spin-off, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, has nearly eclipsed the original in both length and popularity.
The franchise was also the starting point for many actors and actresses, as their first-ever television appearance was on one of the many Law and Order shows. In this article, we’ll remind you of the humble beginnings of Hollywood’s most successful stars, as well as update you on where your favorite main Law and Order characters and actors are!
1. Chris Noth
Show: Law and Order
Chris Noth is one of the original members of the Law and Order franchise. He appeared in the first five seasons of the show between 1990 and 1995 as Detective Mike Logan, a fan-favorite. After his stint on L&O, he moved on to Sex and the City and The Good Wife.
In 2005, however, Noth returned to his beloved franchise and reprised his role as Logan on Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He stayed on this spin-off for three seasons before leaving once again. In between these two series, he also filmed the only Law and Order television movie, Exiled.