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    29 Famous People You Probably Never Knew Were On "Law And Order: SVU"

    These are their stories. Dun dun.

    1. Milo Ventimiglia

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    NBC

    Season 5, Episode 11, "Escape": A prisoner escapes and goes after the boy (the prisoner's son's half-brother) whose testimony put him in jail.

    Role: The boy (now man) the prisoner is after.

    2. Sarah Hyland

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    NBC
    NBC

    Season 3, Episode 1, "Repression": False memories lead to a woman accusing her father of molestation.

    Role: The woman's younger sister.

    Season 10, Episode 12, "Hothouse": Detectives think that Elsa, a young girl found killed, is connected to sex trafficking, but it's later revealed that she was a child prodigy who was murdered.

    Role: Elsa's roommate and her murderer.

    3. Julie Bowen

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    NBC

    Season 10, Episode 1, "Trials": A foster child β€” who steals a van and is involved in a car chase β€” claims he's been abused, which leads to the case of a serial rapist.

    Role: Guardian of the foster child and woman who unknowingly married her own rapist (yes, that's Luke Perry).

    4. Ty Burrell

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    NBC

    Season 3, Episode 15, "Execution": A serial killer is scheduled to be executed, but the detectives hope to use him to solve another murder case.

    Role: Attorney.

    5. Constance Wu

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    NBC

    Season 8, Episode 7, "Underbelly": A series of similar tattoos on murder victims leads detectives to a pimp who is also a serial killer.

    Role: A student who is mistaken for a prostitute.

    6. Ian Somerhalder

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    NBC

    Season 4, Episode 20, "Dominance": Several couples are found dead at a dinner party, and the detectives have to find the killer before he murders again.

    Role: Murderer.

    7. Rooney Mara

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    NBC

    Season 7, Episode 20, "Fat": A teenage girl is assaulted by two siblings and the detectives investigate why it happened in the first place.

    Role: Teenager who is assaulted (and it turns out she previously beat up and bullied the overweight brother of the two siblings).

    8. Kate Mara

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    NBC

    Season 2, Episode 9, "Pixies": A young gymnast is killed from blunt trauma to the head.

    Role: Murderer/gymnast.

    9. Chandra Wilson

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    NBC
    NBC

    Season 4, Episode 8, "Waste": The detectives investigate the rape (and resulting pregnancy) of a comatose patient.

    Role: She's a nurse at the hospital.

    Season 7, Episode 3, "911": Detectives race to find a young girl who calls 911 saying that she's locked in a room.

    Role: FBI specialist who helps the detectives with the 911 phone signal.

    10. Rainn Wilson

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    NBC

    Season 4, Episode 8, "Waste": Also the episode where the detectives investigate the rape (and resulting pregnancy) of a comatose patient.

    Role: He's a janitor.

    11. Keke Palmer

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    Season 7, Episode 10, "Storm": A car accident leads the detectives to uncover a child molester who kidnapped young Hurricane Katrina victims.

    Role: The victim and older sibling of her missing sister.

    12. Emily Deschanel

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    NBC

    Season 3, Episode 17, "Surveillance": A cellist is attacked in her apartment, and it's later revealed that a stalker has placed hidden cameras in her home.

    Role: Victim/cellist.

    13. Emily VanCamp

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    NBC

    Season 8, Episode 14, "Dependent": A young woman (VanCamp) is a suspect in the murder of her mother, but she claims she can't remember anything.

    Role: Daughter of the woman who was killed.

    14. Jim Gaffigan

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    Season 2, Episode 15, "Countdown": The detectives are on the search for a young girl and her abductor.

    Role: Suspect (who is guilty of many other things).

    15. Zoe Saldana

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    NBC

    Season 5, Episode 21, "Criminal": A criminology professor is accused in the murder of a local student.

    Role: Daughter of the criminology professor.

    16. Liza Weil

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    NBC

    Season 3, Episode 5, "Tangled": Party guests find a murdered doctor and his wife, who was raped, and the detectives suspect his wife, his mistress, and/or the mistress's neighbor.

    Role: The mistress who hires her neighbor to murder the doctor's wife (because the doctor told her to). Later, she kills her neighbor, who raped her.

    17. Melissa Benoist

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    NBC

    Season 12, Episode 5, "Wet": A PR executive at a soda company is poisoned.

    Role: The woman who finds the body.

    18. Laverne Cox

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    NBC

    Season 9, Episode 16, "Closet": A gay man is murdered and the prime subject is a professional football player, who turns out to be his partner.

    Role: Manager of a gym.

    19. Hayden Panettiere

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    NBC
    NBC

    Season 2, Episode 11, "Abuse": The son of two famous singers dies and the detectives suspect parental neglect.

    Role: Daughter of the couple.

    Season 6, Episode 15, "Hooked": Lisa, a teenage girl who is involved in prostitution, is found murdered.

    Role: Lisa's friend who is suspected of the murder (she didn't kill Lisa, but she killed someone else).

    20. Elizabeth Banks

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    NBC

    Season 3, Episode 7, "Sacrifice": A husband and wife who work in the porn industry as a way to pay for their daughter's medical bills are suspects in the case of a murdered porn producer.

    Role: The wife and the murderer.

    21. Norman Reedus

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    NBC

    Season 7, Episode 22, "Influence": A bipolar teen accuses two classmates of rape and is later convinced by a rockstar to stop taking her medication.

    Role: The rockstar.

    22. Mae Whitman

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    NBC
    NBC

    Season 9, Episode 11, "Streetwise": After a debutante is murdered, the detectives investigate the "father" of a homeless "street family," who is suspected of murder.

    Role: She's the mother (middle photo) of that street family and a former socialite (right photo) who is guilty of murder by proxy.

    23. Pedro Pascal

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    NBC

    Season 12, Episode 24, "Smoked": Days before a woman is set to take the stand against her accused rapist, she is shot and killed in front of her daughter.

    Role: A dirty agent who supplies the murderer with the gun.

    24. Kal Penn

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    NBC

    Season 8, Episode 12, "Outsider": Fin works with a Brooklyn detective to catch a serial rapist who preys on women at Fin's son's college.

    Status: Serial rapist and killer.

    25. Kate Mulgrew

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    NBC

    Season 7, Episode 21, "Web": An abused teenage boy β€” who runs a pornography ring β€” is kidnapped.

    Role: A counselor from the U.S. Attorney's Office who wants to charge Teddy for making child porn.

    26. Judy Reyes

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    NBC

    Season 13, Episode 3, "Blood Brothers": A pregnant 13-year-old girl leads to an investigation of a politician, his son Tripp, and their family's secrets.

    Role: The politician's housekeeper who had an affair with him, which resulted in a child who later goes on to murder the politician's other son, Tripp.

    27. Will Arnett

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    NBC

    Season 4, Episode 6, "Angels": A boy is found dead in the compartment of an airport bus, which leads the detectives to a child molestation ring.

    Role: Human trafficker.

    28. Abigail Breslin

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    NBC

    Season 6, Episode 1, "Birthright": A woman kidnaps a child, who she believes to be her own daughter, which eventually leads to a custody battle.

    Role: The young child.

    29. Bradley Cooper

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    NBC

    Season 6, Episode 20, "Night": An eccentric, wealthy man β€” whose protective mother is played by Angela Lansbury β€” is suspected of raping illegal immigrant women.

    Role: The serial rapist's attorney.

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