Captain Donald Cragen
Dann Florek stars as the pragmatic Captain Donald Cragen on NBC's critically acclaimed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Before his 15 seasons on "SVU," Florek originated the role during the first three seasons of "Law & Order."
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 Labour's Lost," "Strange Snow" and "Death of a Salesman." Later, he headed west to San Diego and 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 Globe's 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." His 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." 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 Edwards' "Sunset," Alan Parker's "Angel Heart," Alan Alda's "Sweet Liberty," "The Flintstones," "Hard Rain," "Beautiful Joe" and "Santorini Blue." Florek also appeared in his first music video with the rock band Eve to Adam for their song "Run Your Mouth" from the album "Banquet for a Starving Dog."
An aspiring guitarist and avid golfer, Florek divides his time between Los Angeles and New York with his artist wife, Karen.