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Dann Florek Biography

Birth Place:
Flat Rock, Michigan, United States

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


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