‘Law & Order: SVU’ Actors with the Most Appearances Besides Mariska Hargitay

by Joe Rutland

Longtime viewers of “Law& Order: SVU” know Mariska Hargitay has been on there since Day One. Other actors, though, have been there, too.

Among them, who has the most appearances on there besides Hargitay, who plays Olivia Benson on the NBC police drama? Let’s take a look, Outsiders, and see. OK, so Hargitay is tops with 500 appearances, according to IMDb. In second place is Ice-T, who has played Odafin “Fin” Tutuola in 477 episodes.

Dan Florek, who played New York City Police Captain Donald Cragen, was in 331 “Law & Order: SVU” episodes between 1999 and 2015. He’s followed by actor-comedian Richard Belzer, who played Detective John Munch in 326 episodes between 1999 and 2016.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Meloni Has 277 (and counting) Appearances On Show

Then we come to Benson’s old partner, Detective Elliot Stabler. Well, Christopher Meloni, who played Stabler on “SVU” as well as in the current spin-off “Organized Crime,” has made 277 appearances between 1999 and 2021. Fans, though, will have to keep an eye on this Benson-Stabler energy.

Our last two names that we’ll toss out, Outsiders, are actors BD Wong and Kelli Goodish. Wong played Dr. Georg Huang in 230 episodes between 2001-15. Goodish, who plays Amanda Rollins on “SVU,” has been in 229 episodes between 2007-21.

It’s quite a distinguished list of actors who have been or currently are on “Law & Order: SVU.” Some of them even spent time on the original “Law & Order” show, which will be coming back for another season soon.

But “SVU” fans can see Hargitay, Ice-T, and others on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. Then they can hang around for “Organized Crime” at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. Both shows still can be found on NBC.

Hargitay’s Benson Is Not Going To Put Up with Chief Tommy McGrath’s Nonsense

Those of us, Outsiders, who have been regular viewers of “Law & Order: SVU” know that Benson can become rather pointed in her criticisms.

She’s also one cop who will stand up to other authority figures if she feels the need.

When it comes to Chief Tommy McGrath, played by Terry Serpico, that’s definitely the case.

Leading up to a new episode this season, McGrath and Benson square off. He isn’t going to mince words, telling Benson to focus on “real” problems in her work.

Well, Benson isn’t taking too kindly to what he’s saying. What will she do? She can verbally, and kindly, offer a word or two to McGrath.

But she chooses to hold her words. Benson said that she will not turn her back on a victim.

So, McGrath tells her that she has to report directly to him. What does Benson say to that? A pained-but-clear “No, sir.”