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The Real Reason Dann Florek Was Written Off Law And Order

For “Law & Order: SVU” fans, Captain Donald Cragen, played by Dann Florek, was one of the series’ stand-out characters. With 15 seasons on the show, Cragen served as the tough, sarcastic captain who was fiercely loyal to his officers and had his share of personal demons to battle. While he was a captivating force, Cragen shocked fans when he eventually exited the show. Having to stick to the series’ aim for realism, Florek left “Law & Order: SVU” to abide by the rule for officers’ actual NYPD retirement age.

Yet “Law & Order: SVU” wasn’t the only time Florek made his departure from the franchise. Before appearing on “Law & Order: SVU,” his character of Captain Cragen first showed up on the main “Law & Order” series before they wrote him off. His leaving of the original “Law and Order” wasn’t due to anything controversial the actor did, and that’s probably a reason why he managed to come back to the franchise through its spin-off “Law & Order: SVU.” The decision to cut Florek came by request from NBC, who wanted to make some major changes.

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