kids encyclopedia robot

Dann Florek facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Dann Florek
Dann Florek (30383990274).jpg
Florek in 2011 in New York City
Ezekial Dann Florek

(1950-05-01) May 1, 1950 (age 73)
Other names Dann Florek
  • Actor
  • film director
Years active 1982–present
Karen Florek
(m. 1980)

Ezekial Dann Florek (born May 1, 1950) is an American actor and film director. He is best known for his role as New York City Police Captain Donald Cragen on NBC's Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Dave Meyer on L.A. Law (1988–1993).

Early life

Florek was born in Flat Rock, Michigan, the son of Leonard Florek, a chiropractor, and Darlene Florek. He attended Eastern Michigan University, but never graduated. He moved to New York City to pursue an acting career in the theatre.


Florek in 1969

Florek worked his way into supporting roles in such diverse 1980s films as Sweet Liberty, Moon Over Parador and Angel Heart. He also played Mr. Slate in the live-action film version of The Flintstones.

Florek played Dave Meyer, the husband of Susan Ruttan's character, Roxanne Melman, on 22 episodes of NBC's hit drama L.A. Law beginning in 1988. Florek also had a recurring role in the WB sitcom Smart Guy as the high school gym coach, and appeared in several episodes of Roseanne.

Law & Order

Starting in 1990, 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 low-rated show unless he added a few women to the all-male cast. Wolf reluctantly complied and fired Florek as well as Richard Brooks, the sole non-white cast member (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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as the titular unit's captain. Florek was written out of the series during its 15th season, and his final episode aired on January 15, 2014. He reprised his role in the 21st episode of season 16 in May 2015. In the 500th episode of SVU, he video chatted with the current captain of the unit, Olivia Benson. He is also set to reprise the role of Cragen in an episode of the SVU spin-off Law & Order: Organized Crime, reuniting Cragen with his former detective Elliot Stabler in an episode scheduled to air in April 2022. He will also appear in the 2nd season finale.

Personal life

Florek and his wife, Karen, live in Venice, Los Angeles. Karen works as an artist. His brother, Dave, is also an actor. All three trained at Eastern Michigan University.

Florek received an honorary Bachelor of Arts and an honorary Doctorate of Arts, on December 13, 2008, and December 14, 2008, respectively, from Eastern Michigan University at the school's winter commencement ceremony. Florek was the keynote speaker at the event.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Man in bar
1986 Sweet Liberty Jesse
1987 Angel Heart Herman Winesap
Five Corners Policeman
1988 Sunset Marty Goldberg
1988 Moon over Parador Toby
1989 An Innocent Man Prosecuting Attorney Uncredited
1991 Flight of the Intruder Lt. Cmdr. Mad Jack
1994 The Flintstones Mr. Slate
Getting Even with Dad Wayne
1998 Hard Rain Mr. Mehlor
2000 Beautiful Joe Happy
2002 Law & Order: The Beginning Himself Video documentary short
2003 Focus Room William Short film
SVU Beginning Himself Video short
2004 Law & Order: The First 3 Years Himself Video documentary short
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Police Sketch: Dann Florek
2005 Jerry Orbach Tribute
2006 Copy That Dann Short film
2011 Run Your Mouth Detective Short film
2013 Santorini Blue Trent Parker


Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Country Girl Larry TV movie
1985 Hill Street Blues Bowers Episode: "Intestinal Fortitude"
Braker Hayes TV movie
1986 The Equalizer Lieutenant Ferraro Episode: "Breakpoint"
Alex: The Life of a Child Dr. Tom Dolan TV movie
1987 Mr. President Bosdec Episode: "Armageddon Kinda Sore"
CBS Summer Playhouse Winthrop Episode: "Doctors Wilde"
Hunter John Edleton Episode: "Night on Bald Mountain"
1988–1993 L.A. Law Dave Meyer 22 episodes
1988 American Playhouse Judge Crane Episode: "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz"
Matlock Ken Pritchard Episode: "The Hucksters"
Beverly Hills Buntz Joe Volker Episode: "Buntz of the Desert"
21 Jump Street Jim Crawford Episode: "Brother Hanson & the Miracle of Renner's Pond"
CBS Schoolbreak Special Stan Pallon Episode: "Gambler"
Almost Grown Giardello Episode: "Ghost Town
1989 Free Spirit Bill / Mr. Flynn Episode: "The Bosses Are Coming"
Major Dad Buzz Episode: "Rescue Mission"
The Edge Paulie Episode: "Professional Man"
1990 Grand Robert Episode: "The Healing"
1990, 1997 Roseanne Dr. Rudmen / Principal Hiller 3 episodes
1990–2004 Law & Order Captain Donald Cragen 69 episodes; main and guest role
1994 Hardball Ernest 'Happy' Talbot 9 episodes
Wings Bob (air traffic controller) Episode: "Insanity Claus"
1995 Ellen Mr. Woodruff Episode: "$5,000"
The John Larroquette Show Winters Lennox Episode: "Love on the Line"
1996 Champs Ernie Episode: "It's Must Have Been Gridlock"
1997 Michael Hayes Carnap Episode: "The Confidence Man"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Bob Gordon Episode: "Cat Showdown"
Total Security Morris Silver Episode: "Dental Men Prefer Blondes"
NYPD Blue Gary Hogan Episode: "Sheedy Dealings"
A Nightmare Come True Det. Ron Shaye TV movie
1997–1999 Smart Guy Coach Gerber 6 episodes
1998 The Pretender Don Larson Episode: "Crash"
From the Earth to the Moon Robert Seamans 2 episodes
The Practice Father Michael Ryan Episode: "Duty Bound"
The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes
Little Girl Fly Away Chief Gelbart TV movie
The Pentagon Wars Maj. Gen. Bob Braden TV Movie
Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Captain Donald Cragen TV Movie
1999–2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Captain Donald Cragen 332 episodes; main and guest role
2000 Strange World Det. Walter Nash Episode: "Age of Reason"
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie Dave Meyer TV Movie
2014 Captain Blackout Jimmy Black TV Movie
2015 Under the Dome Colonel Walker Episode: "The Enemy Within"
2018 Disillusioned Jeb TV Movie
2022 Law & Order: Organized Crime Captain Donald Cragen 2 episodes

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Dann Florek para niños

kids search engine
Dann Florek Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.