‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Rings in Birthday With Moody Selfie

by Lauren Boisvert

Tuesday was Dylan McDermott’s 60th birthday, and he celebrated in style. The Law & Order: Organized Crime star chose to pose for birthday pictures in a leather jacket and the best head of hair I’ve ever seen.

He posted a series of photos on the actual day on Instagram; in the series, he found himself the victim of various Halloween villains. In this new tweet, he thanked fans and friends for the birthday wishes with a dark, brooding selfie.

“Thanks for all the Birthday Love!” he captioned the photo.

Dylan McDermott on Chris Meloni

Dylan McDermott has been on Organized Crime since season 1, where he played crime boss Richard Wheatley. Currently, the character is in jail and hasn’t been seen on the show. But, before season 2 premiered, McDermott took the time to speak about his experience working with Chris Meloni, opposite Meloni’s Elliott Stabler.

“Chris and I speak the same language,” McDermott told Parade. “We went to the same acting school in New York, the Neighborhood Playhouse. I knew going into it that I would have to be formidable to go up against him. We would talk about the scenes, and we’d go through them beat by beat.”

Their common ground broke the ice easily, and they became good buddies on set. Meloni recently posted an Instagram photo for McDermott’s birthday, writing, “I’m only smiling cuz it’s ur B Day. Have a great day and then come to play,” as the caption.

McDermott on Why ‘Law & Order’ Has Been Around So Long

The American Horror Story alum also spoke about why Law & Order has such staying power. The franchise has been on the air for at least two decades; SVU just had its 500th episode, and the original series is getting a revival soon. So what does Dylan McDermott think about all that?

“I think that it’s an old friend,” he said. “There’s something about the ability to turn on Law & Order anywhere in the world and know what you’re going to get.” So it’s a predictable show, but in a good way. You know what you’re getting with Law & Order; it’s a procedural cop show and it sticks to that formula.

“There’s a beginning, middle, and end, and I think that’s really comforting for most of the world,” McDermott continued. “There are only a few shows like that where people really feel comforted: Friends, Law & Order’and Seinfeld. There’s only a handful of shows in the world where people actually relax into it and feel like they’re at home.”

I definitely have those comfort shows, as a lot of people do. The X-Files is one of mine. Law & Order, despite the graphic nature of some of the SVU episodes, is familiar and comforting to a great number of people. It’s one of those shows you can put on in the background and work to, and I love that for Law & Order.