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Residence  Venice, California
Name  Dann Florek
Other names  Dann Florek
Role  Actor

Occupation  Actor, director
Height  1.83 m
Years active  1983 – present
Spouse  Karen Florek (m. 1983)

Full Name  Ezekial Dann Florek
Born  May 1, 1950 (age 65) (1950-05-01) Flat Rock, Michigan, United States
Siblings  Dave Florek, Mary Kay, Leonard Florek Jr
Parents  Leonard Florek, Darlene Florek
Movies and TV shows  Law & Order: Special V, The Flintstones, Angel Heart, Hard Rain, Santorini Blue
Similar People  Richard Belzer, Danny Pino, BD Wong, Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay

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Ezekial Dann Florek (born May 1, 1950), better known as Dann Florek, is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as Donald Cragen on NBC's Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


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Early life

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Florek was born in Flat Rock, Michigan, the son of Darlene and Leonard Florek, Sr., a chiropractor. He attended Eastern Michigan University, but never graduated. He moved to New York City to pursue an acting career in the theatre.


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Florek worked his way into supporting roles in such diverse '80's films as Sweet Liberty, Moon Over Parador and Angel Heart. He also played Mr. Slate in the live-action film version of The Flintstones.

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Florek played Dave Meyer, the husband of Susan Ruttan's character, Roxanne Melman, on 22 episodes of NBC's hit drama L.A. Law beginning in 1988. Florek also had a recurring role in the WB sitcom Smart Guy as the high school gym coach. He also appeared in several episodes of Roseanne.

Law & Order

Starting in 1990, Florek co-starred in the NBC police procedural and legal drama television series Law & Order as Capt. Don Cragen. The first few years of Law & Order had mediocre ratings and finally after the close of the 1992-1993 season, NBC told creator/executive producer Dick Wolf that they would cancel the show unless he added a few women to the all-male cast. Wolf reluctantly complied and fired Florek as well as Richard Brooks (who played Paul Robinette), replacing them with S. Epatha Merkerson and Jill Hennessy, respectively. However, Florek was allowed to direct a few Law & Order episodes in 1994 and 1995.

Florek reprised the role of Cragen in the 1995 episode "Bad Faith" (which he also directed), and in the 1998 TV-movie Exiled, centered on former L&O star Chris Noth's character, Mike Logan. In 1999 he returned to the Cragen role, only this time on the Law & Order spin-off series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as the unit captain. Florek was written out of the series during its 15th season, and his final episode aired on January 15, 2014. He reprised his role in the 21st episode of season 16 in May 2015.

Personal life

Florek and his wife, Karen, live in Venice, Los Angeles. Karen works as an artist. His brother, Dave, is also an actor. All three trained in the Daniel L. Quirk Jr. drama school at Eastern Michigan University.

Florek received an honorary Bachelor of Arts and an honorary Doctorate of Arts (on December 13, 2008, and December 14, 2008, respectively) from Eastern Michigan University, presented to him by President Susan Martin and the EMU Board of Regents. During the latter event, Florek was the head speaker at the school's winter 2008 commencement ceremony.


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