New Jersey celebritiess who guest starred on ‘Law & Order’

Zoe Saldana even guest-starred twice. Getty/NBC

Zoe Saldana even guest-starred twice.

It’s no secret that longtime Law & Order: SVU actor Ice-T hails from the Garden State, which makes his commute to on-location shoots in NYC across the Hudson a breeze. But ever since the NBC crime drama first hit airwaves back in 1990, many Jersey-born celebrity guest stars have appeared on the franchise’s various iterations.

Vera Farmiga


Following her role alongside Heath Ledger on the short-lived series Roar, Clifton native Vera Farmiga appeared on L&O‘s 1998 episode “Expert” in which she played the daughter of a convicted murderer who goes on her own killing spree.

Camryn Manheim


The Caldwell-born actress once worked as a sign language interpreter in hospitals and put her knowledge of ASL to use in the 1993 episode “Benevolence,” which investigated the murder of a young deaf woman. Manheim would star in several other episodes of L&O before landing her Emmy award-winning role on The Practice.

Michael Pitt


Before his role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which chronicled the rise of Atlantic City during the Prohibition era, the West Orange native found landed a starring guest role at age 17 on L&O. In the 1998 episode titled “Carrier,” Pitt played an HIV positive teen who was knowingly infecting others with the disease.

Paul Wesley


In the second season of SVU, the Marlboro-raised actor – and future star of The Vampire Diaries – made his Law & Order debut playing an uncooperative head of security. Fun fact: the 33-year-old actor hadn’t yet adopted his stage name and was credited in the episode titled “Wrong Is Right” as Paul Wasilewski.

Martha Stewart


Born in Jersey City as Martha Kostyra, the domestic diva showed off her acting chops with a role as headmistress for a prep school under investigation in the 2012 SVU episode “Learning Curve.”

Bobby Cannavale


The Union City native first appeared on the crime drama in 2002’s SVU episode “Monogamy,” but has played a total of four different characters in Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Frank Langella


The Bayonne-born veteran actor appeared in 2003’s SVU episode titled “Dominance,” which depicted the Tony-award winner as a building superintendent suspected of a quadruple homicide with sexual overtones.

Zoe Saldana


In 2004 the Passaic born beauty portrayed the daughter of a murder suspect in the SVU episode “Criminal,” but made her debut on L&O several years earlier in a two-part episode titled “Refuge” that aired in the late 90s.

Jerry Lewis


The legendary comedian and Newark native appeared a decade ago in the SVU episode “Uncle,” in which he played the number one suspect to the brutal rape and murder of a mother and daughter. We prefer to think of the loveable 90-year-old as Dean Martin’s wacky sidekick.

Kal Penn


Before putting his acting career on hiatus in 2009 to become the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement under the Obama administration, the Montclair native portrayed a serial rapist and killer named Henry Chanoor in a 2007 SVU episode titled “Outsider.”

Wyclef Jean

The veteran rapper and producer, widely known for being a member of the South Orange hip hop trio Fugees, is expected to make his Law & Order: SVU acting debut on November 2. He will play a music producer working with a new artist who’s caught up in a wild assault case.