Mariska Hargitay

Actor
Though she was born into show business as the daughter of 1950s bombshell Jayne Mansfield and famed bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, actress Mariska Hargitay paid her dues on television and in feature films before becoming ... Read more »
Born: 01/23/1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Chicago PD 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Fire 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

Tales from Earthsea 2010 (Movie)

Tenar (Voice)

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Presenter

InStyle Celebrity Weddings 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Law & Order 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1987 - 1988, 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

Darcy (Actor)

Lake Placid 1999 (Movie)

Myra Okubo (Actor)

Love American Style 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prince Street 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Can't Hurry Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Fiesta Bowl Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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All-American Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 (Movie)

Hooker at Bar (Actor)

Bank Robber 1993 (Movie)

Marisa Benoit (Actor)

Hotel Room 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Tequila and Bonetti 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Strawberry Road 1991 (Movie)

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The Perfect Weapon 1991 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

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In the Heat of the Night 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Downtown 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Jocks 1986 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Mr. Universe 1986 (Movie)

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Welcome to 18 1986 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

Ghoulies 1985 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Blind Side (TV Show)

Actor

Finish Line (TV Show)

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Key West (TV Show)

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Night Sins (TV Show)

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Plain Truth (TV Show)

Actor

The Advocate's Devil (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though she was born into show business as the daughter of 1950s bombshell Jayne Mansfield and famed bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, actress Mariska Hargitay paid her dues on television and in feature films before becoming famous as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Prior to her success, Hargitay went through a long string of forgettable movies like "The Perfect Weapon" (1991), and failed shows like "Tequila and Bonetti" (CBS, 1992) and "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS, 1995). She eventually began taking on detective roles in procedural dramas, including on the short-lived "Prince Street" (NBC, 1997). But after going through extensive auditions with executive producer Dick Wolf, Hargitay was cast as the tough but empathetic Det. Benson, who investigates sex crimes with her equally emotionally invested partner (Christopher Meloni). Hailed by numerous critics, her performance was a constant awards-getter, while also giving rise to her philanthropic efforts outside of the show to provide support for survivors of sexual assault through her Joyful Heart Foundation. Though her career was almost exclusively focused on "SVU" during that time, Hargitay was no doubt one of the most productive actresses on the small screen.

Relationships

Octabiano Cimber

Half-Brother
Born in 1965

Mickey Hargitay Actor

Father
Born Jan. 6, 1926; married to Mariska's mother Jayne Mansfield from 1958-64 Died Sept. 14, 2006

Zoltán Anthony Hargitay Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 1, 1960 to Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield

Miklós Hargitay

Brother
Born Dec. 21, 1958 to Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield

Tina Hargitay

Half-Sister
Born c. 1949; daughter of Mickey Hargitay and Mary Birge

Andrew Hargitay Hermann

Son
Born summer 2011; adopted with husband Peter Hermann in October 2011

August Herman

Son
Born June 28, 2006; father, Peter Hermann

Amaya Herman

Daughter
Adopted with husband Peter Hermann in April 2011

Peter Hermann Actor

Husband
Married Aug. 28, 2004 in Santa Barbara, CA

Jayne Mansfield Actor

Mother
Born April 19, 1933; 1950s-era sex symbol; was Playboy's February 1955 Playmate of the Month Died in an automobile crash (in which Mariska was in the back seat) on June 29, 1967

Jayne Mansfield

Half-Sister
Born c.1950; daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Paul Mansfield

Ellen Siano

Step-Mother
Mickey Hargitay's third wife; helped raise Mariska after her mother died in 1967

Lance Young

Companion
Linked romantically in early 1990s

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Left school just shy of graduating to pursue acting

Milestones

2008

Made a cameo in the comedy feature "The Love Guru"

2005

Guest starred as her "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" character on the short-lived NBC spin-off "Law & Order: Trial by Jury"

1999

Co-starred with Christopher Meloni on the NBC crime drama spin-off "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

1999

Acted in the thriller "Lake Placid"

1997

Was regular on the short-lived NBC drama "Prince Street"

1997

Signed deal to develop a sitcom with DreamWorks

1997

Landed a recurring role as Cynthia Hooper during the fourth season of NBC's "ER"

1997

Appeared in the pilot for the ABC series "Cracker"; replaced when the series was picked up

1995

Played Nancy McKeon's sexy neighbor on the CBS sitcom "Can't Hurry Love"

1995

Cast as a hooker in Mike Figgis' "Leaving Las Vegas"

1992

Co-starred on "Tequila and Bonetti" (CBS)

1988

Played recurring role on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"

1986

Had first shot at being series regular on "Downtown" (CBS)

1983

Made screen debut in small role in "Star 80"

1982

Named Miss Beverly Hills

Bonus Trivia

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Her first name was pronounced "Ma-RISH-ka."

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Upon winning her Emmy on Aug. 27, 2006, Hargitay made a point of thanking her father for everything he had done for her in her life. Just 17 days later, on Sept. 14, 2006, her father died from multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, CA.

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In late December 2008, Hargitay suffered a partially collapsed lung after taking a fall during a stunt on the set of "Law & Order" (NBC). She underwent surgery in January and returned to work shortly after. On March 3, 2009, Hargitay was hospitalized after suffering chest pains related to the injury. It was disclosed that she needed more surgery. She returned to work a few months later after a full recovery.

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