Hungarian-born Mickey Hargitay was an accomplished actor who appeared in many Hollywood films throughout his career. With roles in "Holiday in Las Vegas" (1957-58), the crime drama "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (1957) with Richard Egan and the comedic adaptation "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957) with Jayne Mansfield, Hargitay began his career. He then tackled roles in "Promises, Promises" (1964), the Laszlo Szabo comedy "Mr. Universe" (1987) and "Sons of Hercules" (1998) with Richard Harrison. He also appeared in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999-) and "The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield" (2001). Hargitay also acted in "Delirium." Hargitay was married to Ellen Siano and had four children. Mickey Hargitay passed away in September 2006 at the age of 80.
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Fled Hungary to escape the Soviet military draft
Won the Mr. Universe bodybuilding title
Made his motion picture debut in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"
Co-starred with Jayne Mansfield in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"
Played the title role opposite Jayne Mansfield in "The Loves of Hercules"
Played a crazed nobleman possessed by the sadistic spirit of his ancestor in the Italian production "Bloody Pit of Horror"
Became the president of Graphic Muscle, an internet site devoted to bodybuilding
Guest-starred on an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC), the show in which his daughter Mariska played a leading role