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The Best Law & Order Actors  

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List Rules Only main and supporting cast members - no guest stars. Vote based on their performances on Law & Order.

The Law & Order cast consists of some of the most recognizable faces in America due to the show's success not only during its 20-year run but also for its popularity as everyone's favorite re-run binge. Many of the actors on Law & Order were even recognized for their contributions to one of the best serial legal dramas of all time by racking up a series of awards for their performances. You might be surprised to learn, however, that not all the Law & Order characters earned the actor or actress who played them a guaranteed nomination. In fact, many of the best actors playing detectives and laywers on Law & Order only managed to get nominated for a shared award for best ensemble performance. 

Here you'll get the chance to decide which actors on the original Law & Order gave the greatest performance. Alongside each actor or actress, you'll find the character they played on Law & Order as well as any awards or nominations they received for their work on the show. Be sure and vote for your favorites in order to help reveal the Internet's choice for the best Law & Order actors of all time. 

 

Jerry Orbach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Law & Order Actors
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Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2000)

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2005- Win)

Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach was an American actor and singer, described as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on television" and a "versatile stage and film actor". Orbach's professional career began on the New York stage, both on and off-Broadway, where he created roles such as El Gallo in the original Off-Broadway run of The Fantasticks and became the first performer to sing that show's standard "Try To Remember", Billy Flynn in the original Chicago and Julian Marsh in the original 42nd Street. ...more on Wikipedia

Characters: Lennie Briscoe

Age: Dec. at 69 (1935-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Sam Waterston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Law & Order Actors
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Golden Globes
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (1995)

Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1997, 1999, 2000)

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1998, 1999- Win)

Samuel Atkinson "Sam" Waterston is an American actor, producer and director. Among other roles, he is noted for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields, and his Golden Globe-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning role as Jack McCoy on the NBC television series Law & Order. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Emmy awards, having starred in over eighty film and television productions during his fifty-year career. Allmovie has characterised Waterston as having "cultivated a loyal following with his quietly charismatic, unfailingly solid performances." Waterston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of ...more on Wikipedia

Characters: E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Age: 78

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Chris Noth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Law & Order Actors
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Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 1996)

Christopher David "Chris" Noth is an American actor. He is known for long-running television roles as Det. Mike Logan on the police procedural and legal drama television series. For the latter role, he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. As of 2015, he is a star of the CBS drama series The Good Wife, for which he was also nominated for a Golden Globe. ...more on Wikipedia

Characters: Mike Logan

Age: 64

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Jesse L. Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Law & Order Actors
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Image Awards
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)

Jesse L. Martin is an American actor and singer. He originated the role of Tom Collins on Broadway in Rent and his role as NYPD Detective Ed Green on Law & Order from 1999 to 2008. Martin currently plays police Detective Joe West on the CW's The Flash. ...more on Wikipedia

Characters: Ed Green

Age: 50

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, Virginia, United States of America

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