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Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay (born January 23, 1964)  is an American actress, producer, director and activist, best known for her role as New York City sex crimes Detective Olivia Benson on on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe. The daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield and actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, Hargitay is a former beauty queen who made her film debut in the 1985 horror-comedy film Ghoulies, and her major television debut in the 1986 adventure drama series, Downtown. She appeared in numerous roles in film and television shows throughout the late 1980s and 1990s before being cast as Olivia Benson, a role that led to her founding the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused.

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Jan 23, 1964 In Santa Monica, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Today 1952-01-14
Latest Project:
Series Law & Order: Organized Crime 2021-04-01
Known For
Poster of Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour - Live
Poster of Tales from Earthsea
Poster of Lake Placid
Poster of Come the Morning
Series Law & Order: Organized Crime Olivia Benson 2021-04-01
Movie The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU Self 2020-01-02
Movie 30 Rock: A One-Time Special Herself 2020-07-16
Movie I Am Evidence Self 2017-06-15
Movie Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour - Live Herself 2015-12-20
Series Chicago P.D. Olivia Benson 2014-01-08
Movie Stuck Narrator 2013-02-23
Movie F--k Mariska 2010-04-07
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (archival footage) 2010-05-04
Movie The Love Guru Herself (uncredited) 2008-06-20
Movie Tales from Earthsea Tenar 2006-07-29
Series Law & Order: Trial by Jury Olivia Benson 2005-03-03
Movie Plain Truth Ellie Harrison 2004-10-04
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Perfume Darcy 2001-04-08
Movie Lake Placid Myra Okubo 1999-07-15
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Olivia Benson 1999-09-20
Series Prince Street Nina Echeverria 1997-03-06
Series The View Self 1997-08-11
Movie The Advocate's Devil Rendi 1997-10-05
Series Cracker Unknown 1997-09-18
Movie Night Sins Paige Price 1997-09-20
Series The Single Guy Unknown 1995-09-21
Series Can't Hurry Love Didi Edelstein 1995-09-18
Movie Leaving Las Vegas Hooker At Bar 1995-10-27
Series ER Cynthia Hooper 1994-09-19
Movie Gambler V: Playing for Keeps Etta Place 1994-10-02
Movie Blind Side Melanie 1993-01-30
Series Hotel Room Tina 1993-01-08
Movie Come the Morning Church Woman 1993-03-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Bank Robber Marisa Benoit 1993-12-03
Series Tequila and Bonetti Angela Garcia 1992-01-17
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The Perfect Weapon Jennifer 1991-03-15
Movie Strawberry Road Jill Banner 1991-04-27
Series Law & Order Olivia Benson 1990-09-13
Movie Finish Line Lisa Karsh 1989-01-11
Series Baywatch Lisa Peters 1989-04-23
Series Seinfeld Melissa 1989-07-05
Series Freddy's Nightmares Unknown 1988-10-09
Series thirtysomething Unknown 1987-09-29
Series Wiseguy Unknown 1987-09-16
Movie Welcome to 18 Joey 1986-04-18
Movie Jocks Nicole 1986-11-14
Movie Ghoulies Donna 1984-11-08
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Series Sesame Street Unknown 1969-11-10
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14