L.A. Law stars then and now

The life of a lawyer in 1980s Los Angeles was much different than that of your average Joe, especially if those lawyers were good and high powered. That is what the show LA Law tried to portray to its audience. The show itself dealt with the cases of the lawyers in both criminal and civil matters, but more often than not focused on the office politics and relationships therein. This was also where a lot of famous actors got their starts, such as….

Michael Kuzak (Harry Hamlin)

Harry Hamlin in his role of Michael Kuzak was the main heartthrob litigator of the firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak in LA law. He would eventually go on to bag dream girl Grace Van Owen, who was played by Susan Dey. After LA Law, Hamlin went on to reprise roles in Army Wives, Veronica Mars, and has become a regular on Dancing with the Stars. He was also voted as People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

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Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen)

Arnie Becker was also quite the ladies man, with a beautiful head of hair and a smile which melted hearts all over the world. He was the firm’s divorce lawyer who was known to give extra special services to those who requested it. After the show he had cameos on shows such as West Wing and Seinfeld and even took part in Celebrity Mole. He now plays a role on Psyche and produces independent films.

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Ann Kelsey (Jill Eikenberry)

After the whole “Venus butterfly” debacle, Jill Eikenberry’s character Anne Kelsey started dating Michael Tucker’s character named Stuart Markowitz. However, in real life, Jill and Michael were actually married. Eikenberry is now a cancer research activist after having been diagnosed with it and surviving. She has since acted on Law & Order as well as Body of Proof. She is still happily married to this day. Perhaps the Venus Butterfly really does work after all.

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Douglas Brackman Jr. (Alan Rachins)

The character which Alan Rachins played was an argumentative, brash, and in some cases rude lawyer who was driven to win his cases by any means possible. However, the audience of LA Law got to see his much softer and gentler side when he began dating his therapist who specializes in intimate physical relations. Rachins has gone on to star in the show Showgirls as well as portray Dharma’s dad on Dharma and Greg.

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Abby Perkins (Michele Greene)

The role of Abby Perkins as played by Michele Greene was a big deal and famous for many things. Although she began as a clerk at the law firm before finally becoming an associate, she is famous for having shared the first kiss between two women on television ever. She continues to act in shows such as Brothers and Sisters as well as Big Love along with releasing two music albums in Spanish.

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Victor Sifuentes (Jimmy Smits)

Reprising the role of Victor Sifuentes, a public defender who was recruited by the firm, he is one of television’s earliest representations of a social justice warrior, being passionate about social justice and social issues. He would go on to win an Emmy for the show before reprising a role in NYPD Blue. Interesting, the role he landed in NYPD Blue was the same role he turned down when he went to do LA Law.

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Stuart Markowitz (Michael Tucker)

Michael Tucker’s character on LA Law Stuart Markowitz spoke about a mysterious act of intimacy which can make any woman fall in love with you instantly, and apparently used it in order to start dating Ann Kelsey (Tucker’s real life wife). However, the writers of the show say that the act is completely fake. Meanwhile, Tucker has been teaming up with Corbin Bernsen to help make Bernsen’s movie 25 hill.

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Roxanne (Susan Ruttan)

Susan Ruttan played Arnie Becker’s quick, smart, and erudite secretary Roxanne. Although Roxanne did not officially have a law degree in the show, she was always amazing and effective at getting Arnie out of all the trouble he would dig himself into. Nowadays, Ruttan continues to act, having been on Hannah Montana, Castle, Hawthorne, and even critically acclaimed hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy.

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Leland McKenzie (Richard Dysart)

Richard Dysart played the role of attorney Leland McKenzie. He would go on to win an emmy for the role, playing a character who was thought of as more stiff, seasoned, and no-nonsense. He was almost like a father figure around the office. Dysart did not act in much after the wrap of the series, but he has been enjoying retirement to the max. He did come out of retirement to perform in the LA Law film adaptation though.

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Jonathan Rollins (Blair Underwood)

Playing the role of Jonathan Rollins, Blair Underwood acted the part of a brash new lawyer coming into the firm straight out of law school, ready to kick people around and take names. His character was usually the antithesis of what his employers wanted, but he was good. Underwood still acts, having been in Sex and the City, Dirty Sexy Money, The Event, and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

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Benny (Larry Drake)

Larry Drake began acting as the perpetually confused and perplexed Benny, joining the cast in the show’s second season. He was even able to get some action on the LA Law scene, falling in love with the daughter of one of his clients. Drake then went on to become a voice actor for various video games as well as for the cartoon network hit Johnny Bravo. He sadly passed away at the age of 66 in 2016.

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Tommy Mullaney (John Spencer)

Late into the show’s run in the fifth season, Tommy Mullaney joined the LA Law firm, a role which was played by John Spencer. However, he quickly left the firm, allegedly to start a relationship with Roxanne. Spencer ended up going on to play and star in West Wings for seven seasons and win an Emmy for his role as Leo McGarry. He sadly passed away at the age of 58 back in 2005.

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Gwen Taylor (Sheila Kelley)

Sheila reprised the role of lawyer Gwen Taylor for three seasons of LA Law from 1990 through to 1993. She appeared in numerous television movies, including as an exotic dancer named in the film Dancing at the Blue Iguana. She enjoyed dancing on poles so much that she is now a pole dancing workout fanatic, and even created her own video workout routine with the poles which are done by millions of people nationwide.

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C.J. Lamb (Amanda Donohoe)

Donohoe reprised the role of C.J. Lamb on LA Law, and was the second half of the first ever on screen kiss between two women ever broadcast. Despite the fact that she was only on the show for a total of two seasons, she won a Golden Globe for being the best supporting actress of the year in 1992. She has since gone on to act in other shows, such as Bad Girls and Murder City.

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Daniel Morales (A Martinez)

Playing the role of no nonsense lawyer Daniel Morales, A Martinez was on LA Law for a total of four seasons from 1990 through to 1994. He won a daytime Emmy for his work on the show in 1990 for He is quite a prolific actor, also appearing in shows such as Born to the Wind and General Hospital. He won three consecutive American Latino Media Arts Award from 2000 to 2003.

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Alice Hackett (Amanda Plummer)

Amanda Plummer played Alice Hackett for only six episodes of LA Law, but was still nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She has also played roles in movies such as Pulp Fiction, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and even a made for TV movie called Miss Rose White, a movie about the Holocaust for which she received an award from the Anti-Defamation League.

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Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg)

Playing the role of Eli Levinson in the LA Law made for TV film, Alan Rosenberg used this opportunity to shore up what is already a very impressive resume. He not only won an Emmy while he was guest starring on ER, but he also became a series regular on Chicago Hope, along with performing in a whole plethora of stage productions. His resume building paid off, and from 2005 up until 2009, he was the President of the Screen Actor’s Guild.

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Dorothy Wyler (Nancy Vawter)

Nancy Vawter played the role of Dorothy Wyler for fifteen episodes of LA Law between the years 1988 and 1989. She played minor roles in TV and films such as Hill Street Blues, Kentucky Woman, and Second Thoughts. After performing on LA Law, Vawter went on to play the role of Admiral Margaret Blackwell in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has not really acted in anything since then.

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Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur)

Playing the role of Rosalind Shays, Diana Muldaur was nominated twice for an Emmy due to her acting prowess on the set of LA Law, as well as being nominated for a Q award for her role on the show. She has since acted in Star Trek: The Next Generation alongside Nancy Vawter, and even provided the voice acting for Dr. Leslie Tompkins in the popular 1990s children’s television show Batman: The Animated Series between 1992 and 1994.

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Denise Iannello (Debi Mazar)

Playing the role of Jersey Girl in nearly everything she has acted in, Debi Mazar was the perfect person to reprise Denise Iannello on LA Law. She has Also done everything from appear in Madonna music videos, play roles in both Friends as well as Living with Fran, and has even been casted as a voice in both Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. She was even on Ugly Betty for a few episodes.

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Jane Halliday (Alexandra Powers)

Alexandra Powers played the role of Jane Halliday for about 21 episodes of LA law between the years 1993-1994. Both of her parents are actors, so she grew up within the artform. She also reprised roles on famous shows such as Family Ties, where she played a girl named Erin in an episode, as well as being in movies such as The Dead Poets Society and Last Man Standing.

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Dave Meyer (Dann Florek)

Despite the fact that he played the role of Dave Meyer (the husband of Roxanne Melman) for 22 episodes, he is most well known for his roles in Law and Order as well as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. But perhaps most importantly for us, he played the role of Mr. Slate in The Flintstones Movie. However, he was also on Roseanne, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, as well as Under the Dome.

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Allison Gottlieb (Joyce Hyser)

Joyce Hyser played the role of Allison Gottlieb on LA law for 10 episodes between the years 1989 and 1990. She would go on to act and perform in many other hit TV shows and movies, including Murder, She Wrote, Pacific Blue, The Division, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She performed in several movies as well, including The Wedding Pact, Valley Girl, and Just One of the Guys.

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Susan Bloom (Conchata Ferrell)

Playing the role of Susan Bloom for 20 episodes between the years 1988 through 1992, Conchata Ferrell would go on to win a Primetime Emmy Award for her acting abilities. She now has a huge repertoire of films and TV shows to her name, including for films such as Erin Brockovich, Mr. Deeds, and Touch. She is now perhaps best known as the nanny on Two and a Half Men, but has lent her voice to cartoons such as the Wild Thornberrys and Ahh! Real Monsters.

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Sheila Brackman (Joanna Frank)

Being the wife of producer Alan Richens has its perks, especially when he is one of the producers for the entire LA Law program. Because of this, she was able to reprise roles not only in the lawyer drama, but also in other shows such as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Dharma and Greg, and of course The Fugitive. Her and her husband only have one child together.

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Frank Kittredge (Michael Cumpsty)

British actor Michael Cumpsty is more used to performing on the big stage than on the small screen, yet he reprised the role of Frank Kittredge beautifully. He also played roles in shows such as One Life to Live, Star Trek: Voyager, All My Children, Law and Order, and even Matlock. He also has been in several movies such as Eat Pray Love, State of Grace, and Fatal Instinct.

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Melina Paros (Lisa Zane)

Lisa Zane played the role of Melina Paros in 16 episodes of LA Law between the years 1992 and 1993. She has since gone on to play roles in several other hit TV shows such as ER, The Incredible Hulk, Outer Limits, and Point Pleasant. She was also in horror movies Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare as well as the psychological thriller Monkeybone.

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Corrinne Hammond (Jennifer Hetrick)

It is ironic that divorce lawyer Arnie had a divorce of his own. His former wife on LA Law, Corinne Becker, was played by Jennifer Hetrick for 14 episodes between the years 1989 through to 1991. She also played the role of Vash in both Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She has also appeared in shows such as Alias, General Hospital, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Diana Moses (Renée Jones)

Playing Diana Moses in LA Law, Renee Jones is a model for women everywhere, having won the NAACP Image Award. She also has acted in shows ranging from Days of Our Lives and Murder, She Wrote to The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has since retired from acting, saying in 2012 in a TV guide interview that she is not happy with it anymore and wants to retire to a more private life.

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Grace Van Owen (Susan Dey)

It was interesting for audiences to see Laurie Partridge as an adult and playing the role of star district attorney Grace Van Owen, a role for which she was actually nominated for three Emmys as well as winning a Golden Globe. She had a successful career portraying the icy lawyer, but left the show after the sixth season to star in the short lived show Love & War. She really has not been in the public light much since

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