‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay’s Father’s Final Acting Role Was on the Hit Series Alongside His Daughter

by Jacklyn Krol

Did you know that Mariska Hargitay‘s father guest starred on Law & Order: SVU?

Miklós “Mickey” Hargitay appeared on the series for the show’s milestone 100th episode, “Control.” The Season 5 Episode 9 episode aired in 2003. Mickey portrayed a grandfather who was a witness to a crime. His real-life daughter is seen interviewing him on Law & Order: SVU.

The grandfather and his young granddaughter were on an escalator at a subway station when tragedy strikes. A man, Horce Gorman, falls down the stairs and suffers an unfortunate accident.

“First he’s jabbering nonsense,” the grandfather tells Benson. “Then his belly was bleeding like a stuck pig. Next thing I know, boom, he falls.”

He checks on the man attempts to talk but only mumbles incomprehensibly before saying, “It’s a mistake, it’s a mistake.” The grandfather called 9-1-1 and Benson was brought to the scene.

Law & Order: SVU marked Mickey’s final acting role. He passed away in 2006 from bone marrow cancer at the age of 80.

Watch the episode, below.

Mariksa on Her Father’s Words of Wisdom

As Mariska’s mother passed away when she was just three, she was primarily raised by her father. She was inspired by him in more ways than one.

“I’ll take inspiration and information from wherever I can get it. Whether that’s from my character, from my husband, or from my dad, who always said, ‘Mariska, you can learn from anyone and everyone,’” Hargitay told Good Housekeeping. “‘From people who are older than you and people who are younger than you.’”

Aside from life advice, his wisdom also extended into acting. Mickey was a famous actor along with her mother, Jayne Mansfield. Her father was able to see her shine on Law & Order: SVU and even win an Emmy before his passing.

“The message I got from my father was that life is hard, but you just don’t quit,” Mariska revealed to Closer Weekly. “I’d get an audition and he’d say, ‘How hard are you going to work for it?’

She decided to push herself when she didn’t feel like it and act “confident even when I wasn’t.” It paid off as if you “kick fear to the side, the payoff is huge.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Milestone

Television shows are lucky if they make it through a season, let alone 100 episodes. Law & Order: SVU will have its 500th episode in Season 23 which is set to air on NBC this fall.

Finally, showrunner Warren Leight revealed to Give Me My Remote that they have been considering what the episode will look like. Their goal is to have a special shoutout hidden in plain sight.

“I would hope we have a moment to acknowledge it. Obviously, in the episode, we won’t say happy 500—but maybe I will look for a way to cheat that in,” he said.