Dann Florek

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Ezekial Dann Florek, (born May 1, 1950) professional name Dann Florek, is an American actor and director.

Early life

Florek was born in Flat Rock, Michigan. He attended Eastern Michigan University, but never graduated. He moved to New York City to pursue an acting career in the theatre.

Career

Florek worked his way into supporting roles in such diverse '80's films as Sweet Liberty, Moon Over Parador, and Angel Heart.

Law & Order

After a brief stint as the boring husband of Susan Ruttan on NBC's hit drama L.A. Law, 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 Special Victims Unit, as the unit captain, a part...
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