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The Cast Of Law & Order: Then & Now

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Law and Order first graced our screens in 1990. The show’s dominance throughout the coming decade into the new millennial. The actors who have appeared on television sets of millions of homes have gone on to achieve accomplishments on and off of the program. Their achievements have earned permanent places in viewers’ memories as actors and characters who have shaped popular culture. This list aims to show where twenty-five of the actors on Law and Order have ended up from then to now.

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Jesse L. Martin
Ed Green remains one of the show’s most popular characters among friends. Jesse L. Martin played the character on the show from 2002 all the way until 2008. He would quickly become one of the most popular characters on the show. His character as a detective would eventually be replicated as he currently plays a detective on the hit show, the Flash.

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Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach’s character Lennie Briscoe is perhaps one of the most well known characters of Law and Order. Orbach’s role on the show would last for a full twelve years. Fans will also recognize him in the movie Dirty Dancing. Orbach has since passed away in 2004.

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Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston had a long-lasting role on the show as Jack McCoy. Sam Waterston would play the character for a full sixteen years on the show. His time with the show would act as a anchor allowing audiences to have something to relate to throughout the show’s duration. Since Law and Order Waterston has gone on to appear in a multitude of other projects, including the highly popular Netflix show Grace and Frankie.

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Chris Noth
It’s hard not to remember detective Mike Logan. A strong character in the series since the very beginning Christopher Noth has gone to one to be a huge character in a number of other television shows. Perhaps his biggest role outside of Law and Order has been in the television show Sex in the City. Chris Noth has also paid a pivotal role in the popular mainstream show, The Good Wife.

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Benjamin Bratt
The character Rey Curtis might have only been on Law and Order for a brief four years, but his time on the show would make an impression on viewers’ thanks to Benjamin Bratt. Bratt has since gone on to start in movies such as Dr. Strange.

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Fred Thompson
Arthur Branch was an incredibly famous district attorney made popular by Fred Thompson on Law and Order. His time on the show as Arthur Branch would allow Fred Thompson to gain a larger view in the public spotlight. Fred Thompson started acting on the show after completing his term as an actual senator. Thompson has unfortunately since passed in 2015.

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Kathryn Erbe
Popular for her role on Law and Order Criminal Intent, Erbe played Alexandra Eames for a total of nine years. Erbe has not gone on to play many roles since but has served in a cameo appearance as Alexandra in a special episode of Law and Order SVU.

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Jill Hennessy
Having played the character D.A. Claire Kincaid on Law and Order and later Jordan on Crossing Jordan, Jill Hennessy is well known for her roles within crime drama shows. Since appearing in Law and Order and Crossing Jordan, Hennessy has gone on to appear on the popular television show, The Good Wife.

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B.D. Wong
Dr. George Huang is another popular character in Law and Order SVU. B.D. Wong’s portrayal of him has gone down to help his career become extremely successful. Wong having been in the original Jurrassic Park can also be seen in the newest film Jurassic World. His role in the film has allowed him to enter the public spotlight even more.

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Vincent D’onofrio
Another lead character on Criminal Intent, D’onofrio is perhaps also most known for his role as the villain in the first Men in Black movie. His latest role was as one of the cast members of the remake The Magnificent Seven. He is perhaps most known for his role as villains in his films.

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Carey Lowell
Lowell’s most famous role is as Jamie Ross. Having played the character for a total of four years. Since playing the role she has gone on to date one of the creators of MTV. She has unfortunately not found herself acting in many other projects since playing D.A. Jamie Ross.

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Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson perhaps best known for the television show Blackish and movie Kangaroo Jack, got one of his early breaks as the character Detective Kevin Bernard on Law and Order. Anthony Anderson only was on the show from 2008-2010 but continues to be a fan favorite.

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ICE-T
Perhaps the most popular character on the show is Detective Odafin Tutuola. His long run on Law and Order SVU eclipsed his professional career as a rap artist. ICE-T now mainly appears on distinctive programs via cameos. ICE-T continues to be a standout cast member due to his character’s vastly different street personality.

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Carolyn McCormick
Playing Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, Carolyn McCormick has been able to bring her character across several of the different iterations of Law and Order. Carolyn McCormick can currently be seen playing a doctor in Madam Secretary. Carolyn McCormick tends to choose more of the serious characters in television series.

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Mariska Hargitay
Playing Detective Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay fast became one of the most famous characters on Law and Order SVU. Her time on the show would elevate her to an iconic legendary role. Mariska Hargitay continues to play the famous role to this day keeping the character of Detective Olivia Benson alive.

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Dennis Farina
No one dislikes the amazing mustache of Detective Joe Fontana. While only on Law and Order for two years. Detective Joe Fontana quickly became a fan favorite. Unfortunately, Dennis Farina would pass away in 2013 and would not be able to continue playing his character.

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Michael Moriarty
Playing D.A. Ben Stone on Law and Order when it first started, Michael Moriarty was an incredibly integral part of the show. Now in his 70s, Moriarty continues to play characters such as Mr. Isaac Hendricks in the Yellow Papers, filmed in 2012. Michael Moriarty was one of the earliest characters on Law and Order, but he has left a long-lasting memory on viewers.

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Jeremy Sisto
Sisto played Detective Cyrus Lupo on Law and Order from 2008 until 2010. While he was only on the show for two years, he created a lasting impression on viewers. This impression perhaps came because of his famous role on Clueless. His most-recent role was as Freddy Green on Ice. He was also previously seen on the television show Suburbia.

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Richard Brooks
Having played D.A. Paul Robinette from 1990-1993, Richard Brooks was one of the earliest cast members on the show. While there has been a handful of members since his initial appearance on the show, D.A. Paul Robinette remains one of the earliest D.A. members on the show. Richard Brooks has since moved on to play a character on the show Being Mary Jane.

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Richard Belzer
Richard Belzer was an absolute favorite character on Law and Order. Belzer would play Detective John Munch for a total of 23 years on Law and Order. Since the show, Richard Belzer has gone on to make appearances in a wide variety of shows and much more recently the Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.

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Christopher Meloni
Another popular character on Law and Order SVU is Christopher Meloni. Playing Detective, Elliot Stabler Meloni was on Law and Order SVU for a total of twelve years. One of two main characters on Law and Order SVU, Elliot Stabler has gone down as a fan favorite, even after being written for the show. Christopher Meloni has since gone on to have guest-starring roles in the new Super Man movie and True Blood.

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Tamara Tunie
Famous for her roles as Dr. Melinda Warner, Tamar Tunie earned her fans while starring on Law and Order Special Victims Unity. Her appearances on the show periodically for a length of 10 years. After appearing on Law and Order, she has since made appearances on shows such as Chicago Fire and Elementary.

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Dann Florek
Having played Captain Donald Cragen on Law and Order for a total of eighteen years. While he has been on Law and Order for so long he has most recently appeared in the hit television series titled Under the Dome. Captain Donald Cragen has been one of the most stable characters on the show providing a level-headed base.

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Diane Neal
Playing Casey Novak Diane Neal became well-liked for playing an excessively hard line A.D.A on Law and Order SVU. Her character became excessively popular for being intensely serious. Since being on the show she has made the switch to appear in NCIS and its sister series NCIS: New Orleans.

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Stephanie March
Stephanie March is most famous for playing Alexendra Cabot on Law and Order SVU. While she was on the show for a total of thirteen years she became extremely popular for her public relationship with the famous American Chef, Bobby Flay. She has most recently appeared in the television show Odd Mom Out.

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China. 

A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV. 

Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’” 

If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease. 

At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.

At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.

They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
  • Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
  • Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C

The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.

As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.

If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.

As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.

Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.

So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?

According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”

Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)

However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.

Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.

So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.

That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.

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Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.

The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.

Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.

Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.

Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.

Better Apart:

The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.

Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.

Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.

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