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The Popular Actor Who Almost Beat Out Chris Noth For His Law & Order Role
By ANDREW KORPAN
Chris Noth appeared as Detective Mike Logan on "Law & Order" from 1990 through 1995 and later reprised his role in the "Law & Order" spin-off film, "Exiled," in 1998 and the spin-off series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" from 2005 through 2008. The classic series kickstarted a lengthy career for the actor, opening the door to a number of prominent roles.
However, Noth nearly lost out on the part because it almost went to Michael Madsen instead. You may know Madsen from his numerous appearances in Quentin Tarantino films including his memorable work as Mr. Blonde in Tarantino's feature-length directorial debut, "Reservoir Dogs," or as Budd in the "Kill Bill" films.
According to the book "Inside Television Producing" by Richard D. Lindheim and Richard A. Blum the producers felt that Madsen had "great sex appeal." Ultimately, however, they didn't see him as a good on-screen fit with George Dzundza, who played Sergeant Max Greevey in the first couple of seasons of the show, and saw Noth as the “more compatible choice."