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Steve Zirnkilton
Zirnkilton
Date of birth: August 18, 1958
Place of birth: York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Active: 1990-present
Role: Narrator
Show(s): L.A. Dragnet
Inside the FBI: New York
Nightwatch
Nightwatch Nation
Arrest & Trial
Chicago P.D.
"In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories." - Steve Zirnkilton

Steve Zirnkilton is the signature voice of NBC's critically acclaimed Law & Order brand; which in addition to the "mothership" includes Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

He used a special opening narration for the crossover episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago P.D..:

"In the criminal justice system some killers are so depraved that it takes multiple police agencies to bring them to justice. This is one of those investigations."

Among others, Steve's credits include; NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Discovery Channel, TLC, TNT, TBS, ESPN and the Cartoon Network. His voice has been heard on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the animated series Family Guy. He was the voice of the reporter in the animated feature film The Rugrats Movie. And baseball fans know him as the narrator for the documentary Faith Rewarded, a film about the Boston Red Sox historic World Championship season. Steve has been the live announcer for the Kennedy Center Honors. And for the past 10 years he has joined John Walsh as the on-stage announcer for the Top Cops Awards in Washington, D.C.

Trivia

Steven Zirnkilton is an actor who gave voice to all opening themes from seven series of the Law & Order franchise, but Trial By Jury was the only show where Steve received a credit for his opening narration.

Zirnkilton made his sole onscreen appearance in the Law & Order original pilot episode, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman". He is one of the FBI surveillance technicians conducting covert surveillance of a restaurant where corrupt politicians are dining. He has one line of dialogue: "Look at that. Do you believe these guys?" The actual title of his role in the script was Detective #2.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the main title voiceover by Steven Zirnkilton was changed for the first few episodes to include the following dedication:

On September 11th, 2001, New York City was ruthlessly and criminally attacked. While no tribute can ever heal the pain of that day, the producers of "Law & Order" dedicate this season to the victims and their families, and to the fire fighters and police officers, who remind us with their lives and courage what it truly means to be an American.

Among others, Steven Zirnkilton did the first promo for Law & Order: Los Angeles:

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. This is Los Angeles, these are its stories. Welcome to the Wild West. Law & Order: Los Angeles, Wednesdays this fall on NBC.

Quotes

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.
  • Law & Order
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.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
This program contains dramatic re-enactments. Some of the names and details have been changed to protect the innocent.
  • Arrest & Trial
In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These are their stories.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
In the criminal justice system, deputy district attorneys represent the people. The prosecutors you are about to see, and the cases they try, are real. Nothing has been reenacted.
  • Crime & Punishment
The story you are about to see was inspired by actual events. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
  • L.A. Dragnet
In the criminal justice system, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty, either by confession, plea bargain, or trial by jury. This is one of those trials.
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury
In the City of Los Angeles, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.
  • Law & Order: Los Angeles
Every day across America over 650.000 people call 911 in a state of emergency. These are the stories of the paramedics who go beyond the call of duty every night to save lives in their communities. This is Nightwatch Nation.
  • Nightwatch Nation

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