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  • Family moved to Germany when he was two months old, but returned to the U.S. when he was 10.
  • After college, taught in Los Angeles, New York and Barcelona as a charter member of Teach for America.
  • Worked as a fact checker for Vanity Fair magazine.
  • Met wife Mariska Hargitay in 2002 on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he plays defense attorney Trevor Langan.
  • Is a board member of the Joyful Hearts Foundation, which was founded by his wife in 2006 to help sexual-assault survivors.
  • Portrayed heroic flight passenger Jeremy Glick in 2006's United 93.
  • Part of the original Broadway cast of War Horse, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2011.
  • Is an avid photographer.


  • Amaya Josephine Hermann — Daughter
  • Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann — Son
  • August Miklos Friedrich Hermann — Son
  • Mariska Hargitay — Wife


  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (1990)

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  • Birth Name: Karl Peter Frederic Albert Hermann
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: August 15, 1967, Leo
  • Profession: Actor
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