Dick Wolf

Dick Wolf
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Dick Wolf
TV: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Producer | Writer
Born Richard Anthony Wolf on Dec. 20, 1946 in New York, NY

Dick Wolf is most well known for creating the “Law & Order” franchise of TV dramas on NBC. The flagship series, “Law & Order,” began in 1990 and when it opens its 21st season in fall 2010, it will become the longest-running drama in TV history. (It’s currently tied with “Gunsmoke” at 20 seasons.)

The former advertising copywriter created an hour-long series designed to be split in half for reruns so he could double its revenue when it went into syndication. The format follows a single case through the arrest phase in the first half hour and the prosecution phase in the second.

The success of the series has led to multiple spinoffs: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (11 seasons, still airing), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (8 seasons, still airing), “Law & Order: Trial By Jury” (canceled during its first season), “Law & Order: Crime & Punishment” (a reality series that aired 26 episodes), “Law & Order: UK” (two seasons, still airing) and the just-announced “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

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