Fast Facts

  • Initially majored in math and physics in college, but switched to drama when he received a scholarship.
  • Moved to New York City after college and became a member of the Acting Company at Juilliard; appeared in various stage productions in New York and San Diego.
  • Appeared in guest roles on TV and in supporting parts in movies (Sweet Liberty, Angel Heart, Moon Over Parador) before hitting it big in 1988 as direct-mail entrepreneur David Meyer on L.A. Law.
  • Signature role came in 1990 as Capt. Donald Cragen on Law & Order; directed several episodes of the series after departing in 1993.
  • Starred as Abraham Lincoln on the controversial, short-lived sitcom The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer.
  • Reprised his role as Capt. Cragen on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999.
  • Is an avid golfer and collects antique golf clubs.
  • Went by "Danny" until he told a secretary it was time to drop the "y"; she took him literally, leading to the unusual spelling of his first name.

Relationships

  • Dave Florek — Brother
  • Leonard Florek Sr. — Father
  • Darlene Florek — Mother
  • Karen Florek — Wife
  • Mary Kay — Sister
  • Leonard Florek Jr. — Brother

College

  • Attended Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Attended the Juilliard School, New York, NY

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  • Birth Place: Flat Rock, MI
  • Birthday: May 1, 1950, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor
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