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In the Hollywood star system, the actors fall into two separate yet equally important groups: Those who have guest starred on an iteration of Law & Order and those who have not.
These are (some of) their stories.
1. Claire Danes
Claire Danes has been working on her trademark cry face for a long long time. In the 1992 season three premiere episode of Law & Order "Skin Deep", Danes, then 13, played the daughter of a prostitute, and murder suspect.
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Long before winning an Oscar, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's first screen credit was an 1991 episode of Law & Order called "The Violence of Summer" in which he played a young man accused of committing a gang rape.
3. Abigail Breslin
In 2004, two years before Little Miss Sunshine launched her into stardom, Abigail Breslin played a little girl stuck in a custody battle in a Law & Order: SVU episode called "Birthright".
4. John Krasinski
John Krasinski definitely didn't play the Jim we know and love in his episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the 2004 episode, a year before The Office premiered, Krasinski plays a violent high school basketball player.
5. Jennifer Garner
Five years before Alias made her a household name, Jennifer Garner played a grad student trying to get Benjamin Bratt's character Detective Curtis to cheat on his wife. Fair enough, we get it Jen.
6. Bradley Cooper
In a 2005 season six episode of Law & Order: SVU called "Night", Bradley Cooper plays a super slimy defense lawyer who covers up for his guilty client.
7. Sarah Paulson
Emmy winner Sarah Paulson's first ever role was playing the daughter of a murder victim who might be sleeping with her step father on Law & Order in 1995. Heavy.