‘Law & Order: SVU’: Who Narrates The Opening Introduction?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mariska Hargitay

If you’ve ever watched Law and Order: SVU, you realize that there’s one voice that makes the voice immediately recognizable. While Mariska Hargitay is the face of the NBC procedural, the present’s narrator units the tone for the present and introduces the viewers to the delicate subject material that lies forward. 

Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay | Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

The voice firstly of the present is one which sticks with you and one you’ve seemingly heard earlier than, even if you happen to don’t know his identify. So simply who is that this thriller voice behind the favored authorized drama?

Before ‘SVU,’ followers fell in love with the unique ‘Law and Order’

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There’s little question Law and Order: SVU has turn into a profitable present in its personal proper. There aren’t many reveals that may say they’re simply as robust after 21 seasons as they have been firstly.

But earlier than the sequence premiered in 1999, its predecessor had already been on the air for practically a decade. Law and Order premiered in 1990 and shortly turned an enormous hit. While SVU holds the document for the longest-running live-action primetime present, it solely just lately surpassed the success of the unique.

Now, with the announcement of a brand new spinoff, led by SVU alum, Elliot Stabler, the franchise contains over half a dozen particular person sequence’ (to not point out a by-product film and online game). Through all of it, one voice has remained fixed.

Who is the voice behind ‘Law and Order: SVU’?

“In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.”

In 1990, Steven Zirnkilton landed the job that might make his profession. It was that yr he turned the narrator of the Law and Order franchise. At the time, no person might have imagined simply how profitable the present can be and the way a lot Zirnkilton’s voice would play a task in how followers recognized with the present. 

Before becoming a member of the profitable authorized drama, the voice actor held a a lot completely different function inside the authorized realm. From 1983 to 1984, Zirnkilton served 4 phrases within the Maine State Legislature.

So how did Zirnkilton make the leap from politics to TV? The actor says his curiosity in voice performing started in school. At that point he labored on the campus radio station. In 1990, Zirnkilton landed a walk-on function within the pilot episode of Law and Order. Soon after, he was requested again to document the intro to the present. Fun truth — the pilot episode is the one episode that doesn’t function Zirnkilton’s signature introduction. 

You might acknowledge Zirnkilton from a few of your favourite tv reveals

While the voice actor is most well-known for his half within the Law and Order franchise, it’s positively not his solely gig. In 1998, Zirnkilton is credited as “reporter,” in The Rugrats Movie.

Five years later, he took on the narrating job within the remake of the hit cop drama Dragnet, starring Ed O’Neill. He additionally performed himself on an episode of Family Guy. More just lately, you possibly can see the actor in entrance of the display. In 2018, Zirnkilton performed a motel clerk within the film, Too Cold to Swim. 

In addition to his ongoing tv appearances, Zirnkilton has turn into a trusted voice for the legislation enforcement discipline. Not solely has he offered narration for a number of documentaries, however he has additionally narrated particular occasions, together with a 2010 Candlelight Vigil on the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

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