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Dann Florek (as Captain Donald Cragen)

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As pragmatic Capt. Donald Cragen, Dann Florek reprises the role he originated on the first three seasons of sister series "Law & Order." Prior to the debut of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Florek also got the chance to play Cragen in the "Law & Order" movie "Exiled."

Raised in Flat Rock, Michigan, Florek entered Eastern Michigan University as a math and physics major but left with a newfound interest in drama. "I really thought I was going to be a math/physics person, but I was in choir, and they offered me a scholarship in drama," says Florek. "I thought, hey, maybe it'll be more fun than synthetic projective geometry."

Florek went on to join the prestigious Acting Company at the Juilliard School in New York City. His professional theater work includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Love's Labours Lost," "Strange Snow" and "Death of a Salesman." Later, he headed west to San Diego, where he participated in many La Jolla Playhouse and Old Globe Theatre productions, most notably as The Duke in "Big River" and as Teach in The Old Globes award-winning production of "American Buffalo".

Florek gained attention for his portrayal of direct-marketing whiz Dave Meyer on the Emmy Award-winning "L.A. Law." Florek's additional television credits include guest-starring roles on NBC's "Wings" and "The Pretender," as well as "The Practice," "NYPD Blue," "Roseanne," "Ellen," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Smart Guy." He also starred as Abraham Lincoln on the controversial series "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer." Florek also appeared in the telefilms "The Pentagon Wars" and the Emmy Award-winning "From the Earth to the Moon."

Florek has appeared in such feature films as Paul Mazursky's "Moon Over Parador," Blake Edward's "Sunset," Alan Parker's "Angel Heart," Alan Alda's "Sweet Liberty," "The Flintstones," "Hard Rain," and "Beautiful Joe."

An aspiring guitarist and avid golfer, Florek and his wife, Karen, an artist, and their dogs, Maddie, Little Dog, and Greta, divide their time between Los Angeles and New York.

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