Another one bites the dust on 'Law & Order: SVU,' as Dann Florek follows in the footsteps of co-star Richard Belzer, leaving the show in its 15th season.
Florek originated his role as Captain Donald Cragen when the series premiered 15 years ago, and previously appeared as Capt. Cragen on the original 'Law & Order' from 1990-93.
There won't be a dramatic end to Cragen's time with the Special Victims Unit. Quite simply, Cragen has just reached his retirement age. The character dropped a hint at his upcoming departure in Episode 15 titled "Internal Affairs," where he mentioned to Detective Benson, in light on John Munch's retirement, that he was also nearing the mandatory retirement age.
Florek announced his departure on Twitter, saying: "Friday was the last day for Cragen/Florek. It was a sweet send off! But he'll live on in syndication land 4 evah!"
'SVU' showrunner Warren Leight celebrated Florek's final day on the show with a series of tweets, including an image of the actor's final scene with the caption: "Job well done."
Cragen is a no-nonsense captain in charge of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit, and while he was occasionally at odds with some of his more impulsive detectives, (Looking at you, Stabler), Cragen obviously cared very much for his team and went to bat for them time and time again.
With his final 'SVU' appearance marking his 401st episode, Cragen has appeared in more episodes of the 'Law & Order' franchise than any other character.
What do you think of Florek's departure from 'SVU'? Will you miss Captain Cragen?