Dann Florek, who plays Cpt. Cragen on the “SVU” series of the “Law & Order” franchise, will be leaving this year. Florek has been on the show for almost 15 seasons and plans to take time away from acting.
Law & Order fans already know that the actor didn’t just play Cragen on the series, because he also made appearances on the original series (for 3 whole seasons) and then in the TV movie “Exiled” (1998), which focused on the character played by Chris Noth in “Law & Order.”
“Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek. It was a sweet send off! But he’ll live on in syndication land 4 evan,” Florek said on his Twitter the other day.
As sad as this news is, fans must have known it was coming, since showrunner Warren Leight talked about Cragen’s retirement back in October.
“Cragen knows at some point in the season or by the end of the season he will have hit mandatory retirement so he’ll have to figure out when that moment is. We’re playing that anxiety that the Captain is leaving at some point,” he said, as cited by the aforementioned publication.
Florek’s final episode is expected to air in January.
Last October, it was announced that Richard Belzer, who played Sgt. John Munch, will also be leaving Law & Order: SVU at the end of the year.