Few TV shows have had the same longevity and quality as Law & Order. And the drama seemingly effortlessly explored the criminal justice system in a subtle yet effective way – something that, to this day, makes it one of the best legal and police procedurals of its kind. But while fans may know the characters inside out, they may not be aware of what many of the cast got up to following the series finale in 2010. So here’s what the stars of Law & Order have been up to since they served up 20 seasons of justice.
20. Chris Noth (Mike Logan)
As one of the most prominent fixtures on the show, Chris Noth spent five years playing the sometimes volatile Mike Logan. Since being fired in 1995, though, the actor went on to play successful roles in Sex and the City and The Good Wife – proving all the while that there’s plenty of stamina in this stern detective.
19. Carey Lowell (Jamie Ross)
Law & Order fans know Carey Lowell for her performance as the strong-willed attorney Jamie Ross, but some might not be aware of much of her work since. That’s because the risk-taking actress decided to drop her acting career in pursuit of a career in filmmaking, as well as to take care of her children. And in October of 2016 she finalized a divorce settlement with her husband of 14 years: Richard Gere.
18. Linus Roache (Michael Cutter)
Linus Roache is best known to Law & Order fans as the hardball assistant district attorney Michael Cutter, filling the chair of show mainstay Jack McCoy in 2008. And he remained on the show until its series finale, before going on to take up a minor part in British soap Coronation Street. He’s also since featured in the stellar historical drama Vikings and taken up a lead role in ABC period drama Titanic.
17. Angie Harmon (Abbie Carmichael)
It’s not easy to redefine yourself on two different shows, but Angie Harmon did just that. Indeed, after her lengthy run on Law & Order as the strict conservative Abbie Carmichael, she went on to star in – and pick up awards for – the crime drama Rizzoli & Isles. Like a fine wine, in fact, she just gets better with age.
16. Milena Govich (Nina Cassady)
Milena Govich impressed so much in the short-lived drama Conviction that executive producer of Law & Order Dick Wolfe poached her for the show the very next day. And she lived up to the hype in her role as detective Nina Cassady, before finally being replaced by Jeremy Sisto in 2006. She’s since gone on to feature in shows like Finding Carter and Make It Or Break It as well as popping up in movies like Bad Behavior, Sordid Things and A Novel Romance.
15. Jeremy Sisto (Cyrus Lupo)
Speaking of Sisto, the actor proved to be a worthy replacement for Milena Govich, filling in the detective slot as Cyrus Lupo. Since Law & Order went off air, however, Sisto has showed off his range by appearing in fellow drama The Returned and riotous ABC sitcom Suburgatory.
14. George Dzundza (Max Greevey)
Silver-screen titan George Dzundza was a part of the original show cast, following a successful string of performances in major movies like The Deer Hunter and No Way Out. And while his portrayal of sergeant Max Greevey proved to be a hit with audiences, he sadly left after the first season. Not that that was the end of Dzundza’s career, though, as he went on to star in the likes of Basic Instinct, Dangerous Minds and the ever-popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy.
13. Jill Hennessy (Claire Kincaid)
Upon joining the show in 1993 for the third season, Jill Hennessy was appointed the position of district attorney Claire Kincaid. And her excellent acting chops were the perfect match for the liberal attorney. Sadly, though, her character met her demise in a car crash in the sixth season. Hennessy’s most notable role after leaving the show, meanwhile, has to be as Jordan Cavanaugh in crime drama Crossing Jordan, for which she has won the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
12. Alana de la Garza (Connie Rubirosa)
While Alana de la Garza has appeared in movies, she’s most known for her TV work – the high point being her role in Law & Order. Indeed, as tireless women’s rights advocate Connie Rubirosa, she shone throughout the last four seasons of the show. After the series’ cancelation, however, she went on to appear in the popular TV thriller Criminal Minds as well as featuring in Law & Order spin-offs.
11. Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy)
Sam Waterston joined the series in 1994 with quite an on-screen resume, including an Oscar nomination for his part in The Killing Fields. Despite his big-name status, however, he still managed to forge his own path as D.A. Jack McCoy for 16 straight years to become the second longest-running member on the show in the process. And one of Waterston’s most notable achievements since the series’ end has been getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – an accolade which is richly deserved.
10. Paul Sorvino (Phil Ceretta)
Legendary actor Paul Sorvino added some real star power when he joined the Law & Order fold in 1991. Indeed, he was added to the second season as the charming sergeant Phil Cerretta just one year after his phenomenal performance as Paulie in the gangster classic Goodfellas. But despite his character surviving a gunshot wound, the authoritative performer left the show after 31 episodes due to its demanding filming schedule. He’s since appeared in movies like Romeo + Juliet, Money Talks and The Wild Stallion.
9. Michael Imperioli (Nick Falco)
Michael Imperioli had a successful career before appearing in Law & Order, with memorable roles in the aforementioned Goodfellas and The Sopranos. And the Italian-American actor’s show stint as restrained detective Nick Falco also made a mark, despite the actor only showing up in five episodes. Imperioli’s most substantial work since leaving the show, meanwhile, lies in his portrayal of Lex, one of the main characters of dark comedy Mad Dogs.
8. Carolyn McCormick (Dr. Elizabeth Olivet)
Another fan favorite of the show was Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, played by Texan Carolyn McCormick. The determined doctor was brought on board in the second season and returned on various occasions right up until 2009. McCormick’s other notable works include narrating The Hunger Games book franchise and starring in modern-day Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary.
7. Richard Brooks (Paul Robinette)
One of the original members of the Law & Order cast, Richard Brooks remained with the show for a consecutive run of three seasons. And as well as returning to the show in the ensuing years in a cameo capacity, he also moved between television, stage and film. On top of that, his most eyebrow-raising transition was from actor to singer, as Brooks has also released his own R&B long-player entitled Smooth Love. Truly a man of many talents!
6. Dianne Wiest (Nora Lewin)
Despite only appearing in two seasons of the long-running series, the award-winning Dianne Wiest certainly left her mark on the show in the form of D.A. Nora Lewin. The determined attorney was put into the show as a replacement for Adam Schiff, who left the show rather anti-climatically in 2000. Following her own departure in 2002, then, Wiest went on to appear in highly-rated movies like Dan in Real Life and the Nicole Kidman-led production Rabbit Hole.
5. Dann Florek (Donald Cragen)
Viewers of the show will be well acquainted with Dann Florek, the man behind the strict captain Donald Cragen. They will also be aware of Florek’s sudden departure after the third season, due to demands that more female characters should be added to the show. Following his stint on Law & Order, however, Florek hasn’t done too badly for himself – he landed roles in acclaimed shows like Wings, Roseanne and NYPD Blue.
4. Michael Moriarty (Benjamin Stone)
Of all the stars to appear on Law & Order, arguably none left on worse terms than Michael Moriarty. Indeed, the Benjamin Stone actor departed the show over real-life lawsuits with late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who had lambasted the show for being “offensively violent.” However, Moriarty has since insisted that he left the show on his own accord following the heated exchange, before subsequently dropping off the radar and moving to Canada. He’s appeared in various shows and TV movies since.
3. Benjamin Bratt (Rey Curtis)
Film and television star Benjamin Bratt played the determined detective Rey Curtis for four consecutive seasons. And his believable portrayal of the stubborn but defiant detective earned the actor multiple award nominations, confirming his credentials in the process. This all set him up nicely for major movie work in films such as Miss Congeniality, Traffic, Catwoman and Snitch.
2. S. Epatha Merkerson (Anita Van Buren)
As Anita Van Buren, S. Epatha Merkerson holds the record for the most appearances on Law & Order. Indeed, she showed up in an incredible 391 episodes from 1993 to 2010. And while Merkerson may now be indelibly linked to the omnipresent lieutenant, it naturally hasn’t been her only role. After the series ended, she subsequently appeared in The Good Wife, Deception and, most recently, as a lead in Chicago Med.
1. Elisabeth Röhm (Serena Southerlyn)
Elisabeth Röhm transcended the show after she left the part of assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn in 2005. In fact, she made quite the successful transition into motion pictures, scoring roles in big-budget movies like American Hustle and Abduction. Röhm hasn’t left her television days behind her though, given her subsequent appearances in shows like 90210, Heroes and Hawaii Five-O.