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Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

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Jan. 23rd, 1964
Born in
Santa Monica, California, USA
5' 7

Mariska Hargitay's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Show
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Tequila and Bonetti TV Show
Tequila and Bonetti
Can't Hurry Love TV Show
Can't Hurry Love
Prince Street TV Show
Prince Street
Downtown (1986) TV Show
Downtown (1986)

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Stuck
2008 - The Love Guru
2001 - Perfume
1999 - Lake Placid
1995 - Leaving Las Vegas
1991 - The Perfect Weapon
1986 - Jocks

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Carly Fixx
Cynthia Hooper
Kate Conklin
Olivia Benson
Olivia Benson
Michelle Larkin
[Complete List]


Mariska (Ma-rish-ka) Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964), in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are 'Mickey Hargitay' and 'Jayne Mansfield'. She is the youngest of their three children. In June 1967, Mariska and her brothers Zoltan and Mickey Jr. were in the back seat of a car when it was involved in the fatal accident which killed her mother. The children escaped with minor injuries.

Mariska majored in theater at UCLA but dropped out before graduating. Her first motion picture feature was the cult favorite, Ghoulies (1985), where she gave a memorable performance as Donna. She also appeared in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), credited as 'Hooker at the bar', and in Lake Placid (1999) as Myra Okubo. Her latest movie, Plain Truth (2004), in which she plays attorney Ellie Harrison will air in the fall of 2004.

In 1999 she was cast in the role of Det. Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), the first spinoff from the excellent franchise of Law & Order (1990) which also has two other spinoffs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005). This show deals with sex crimes and the detectives who solve these cases.

Mariska speaks English, Hungarian, French and Italian. She married actor 'Peter Hermann' (August 28, 2004). They divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.

  • Majored in theatre at UCLA, but quit shortly before graduating.
  • Replaced 'Gabrielle Fitzpatrick' (qv) in _Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)_ (qv) as Dulcea, but her scenes were re-shot with 'Gabrielle Fitzpatrick' (qv) returning as Dulcea.
  • Following the family's acting lineage, Mariska has a cousin, actor 'Eddie Hargitay' (qv).
  • One of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (2005)
  • Became good friends with 'Maria Bello' (qv) when she had a recurring role on _"ER" (1994)_ (qv) in 1997-1998.
  • Married 'Peter Hermann (I)' (qv) on August 28, 2004 at California's Unitarian Historical Chapel.
  • One of People magazine's "100 most beautiful" (2008).
  • Her publicist is 'Gary Mantoosh' (qv).

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