21 Stars You Definitely Forgot Were On Law & Order

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The original Law & Order may be over for now, but there are continuing rumors that the show will be getting a limited run revival on NBC.

Being a procedural drama, they burned through a lot of characters. 

There were a lot of characters, so it meant they went through a lot of talented stars that you will no doubt have forgotten appeared on the show.

Would you like to see the show return? 

Have a look through our gallery of stars you will have forgot about!


1. Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson
This American Horror Story star got her first on-screen credit in a 1994 episode. She played a young girl who was being investigated for murdering her mother.

2. Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin
She may be playing a huge role on ABC's Once Upon A Time, but she had a guest starring role in a 2001 episode as a character named Erica.

3. Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
Cox currently appears on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, but she played a character named Minnie many years ago on Law & Order!

4. Idris Elba

Idris Elba
He may have worldwide recognition these days, but he didn't in 2001 when he guest starred on the show.

5. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
Before she was being handled by Fitz, Kerry Washington appeared in one episode.

6. Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester
Before she was a Gossip Girl, she was wowing the cast of Law & Order with her first screen credit.

7. Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner
This Hollywood sweetheart had small parts in a lot of shows in her early years. She stopped by the show in 1996.

8. Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies
Before she was a good wife, she played a navy lieutenant on a 1993 episode of the show.

9. Claire Danes

Claire Danes
The Claire Danes of 1992 probably didn't have any clue quite how big she'd become. Her first TV role was on this show.

10. Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor
Josh Radnor may have took a LONG time to tell the story of how he met his wife, but he starred in an episode of Law & Order in 2002. His story was told in one episode!

11. Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney
McCartney appeared in an episode in 2000.

12. Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh
She may have been LOVED when she was a part of the Shonda Rhimes family, but her first TV appearance in 1996 wasn't quite as well received.

13. Allison Janney

Allison Janney
Janney played two different characters on the show. Her appearances took place in 1992 and 1994.

14. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana
Before she became the Queen of action movies, Saldana appeared in a 1999 episode.

15. Laura Linney

Laura Linney
The actress appeared in a 1994 episode.

16. Chris Messina

Chris Messina
Before he was Mindy's baby daddy, he appeared in Law & Order on three different episodes as different characters.

17. Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum
Long before she was struggling to make ends meet on Shameless, Emmy Rossum had her first role in a 1997 episode.

18. Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan
Another Gossip Girl alum had a role in this NBC series. He played a young man who was kidnapped as a kid.

19. Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo
This Grey's Anatomy star had two stints on the show as two different characters.

20. Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga
This was Farmiga's third role. She played a woman caught up in a murder trial.

21. Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson
This one goes all the way back to 1992!

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