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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has had plenty of celebrity guest stars during its long run.
Elizabeth Banks, Carol Burnett, and Sarah Paulson all played murderers on the crime drama.
Other celebrity guest villains include Henry Winkler, Robin Williams, and Hilary Duff.
Kate Mara played a gymnast with a murderous secret.
Long before her starring turns on Netflix's "House of Cards" and FX's "Pose," Kate Mara played a character who committed an especially heinous offense on season two, episode nine of "SVU."
She played Lori, a teenage gymnast responsible for killing a fellow student in the hopes of snagging a spot on an elite gymnastics team.
Elizabeth Banks played a murderer.
Now famous for roles like Effie Trinket in "The Hunger Games," Elizabeth Banks took on her "SVU"-perp role in the early years of her career.
She guest-starred on season three, episode seven as Jaina, the porn-star wife of a fellow adult performer, who gets caught for killing the nefarious producer behind her career.
Henry Winkler played a husband who was stealing money from his wife.
Since he became a household name as the Fonz on ABC's "Happy Days," Henry Winkler has gravitated toward comedic roles — like his recurring part on Fox/Netflix's "Arrested Development" and his supporting role on HBO's "Barry."
But on season three, episode 20, he crossed over to the dark side as the businessman husband of a victim of rape who, as it's later discovered, had been falsifying his identity to scam his wife out of her money.
David Harbour played a kidnapper.
His character, Terry Jessup, was a disturbed victim of abuse whose own trauma played a role in his choice to kidnap and assault young girls.
Ian Somerhalder's character was a multifaceted criminal.
Somerhalder played Charlie, a mega-perp guilty of multiple counts of murder, rape, and theft in the very intense episode.
Fred Savage played a serial rapist.
As a kid, Fred Savage starred on the hit ABC drama, "The Wonder Years."
After wrapping on that series, and starting his adult career, Savage guest-starred on season four, episode 22 of "SVU."
His character, Michael Gardner, was a serial rapist who chose to represent himself in court, much to assistant district attorney Alex Cabot's chagrin.
Jane Krakowski portrayed a jealous sister.
By the time she cameoed on "SVU," Jane Krakowski had plenty of TV experience, having spent five years in a supporting role on Fox's "Ally McBeal."
In 2004, she played Emma, a sister who's always been jealous of her twin brother, which leads her to be suspected of his (and others') murder on season five, episode 23.
Martin Short took on the role of a malicious psychic.
Comedic superstar Martin Short seemed to have a lot of fun with his season six antagonist role on "SVU."
On episode 18, he played Sebastian Ballentine, a psychic who offers his services to the SVU crew as they investigate the rape and kidnapping of a teenage girl. But his offer turns out to be less than innocent.
Hayden Panettiere's character murdered a doctor.
Before going on to star in "Bring It On: All or Nothing" and on NBC's "Heros," Hayden Panettiere appeared on two different episodes of "SVU."
She played a young victim on season two, but on season six, episode 15, her character was less innocent. Panettiere's character, Angela, was friends with the episode's victim, Lisa.
Although it turns out she didn't kill the episode's original victim, Angela was connected to the murder of the doctor who was treating Lisa for HIV.
Lynda Carter played a character who scammed people to get rich.
Lynda Carter became an icon portraying Wonder Woman. But her guest role on season seven, episode two was anything but a hero.
Instead, her character, Lorraine Dillon, worked alongside her daughter to sedate and sexually assault wealthy men in an effort to get pregnant (and get rich off of the situation).
Michael K. Williams played a pimp.
Famous for his roles on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Wire," Michael K. Williams also made multiple appearances on "SVU," and one of his roles was rather villainous.
On season eight, episode seven, he played Victor, a pimp accused of murdering a prostitute under his employment. During the episode, he escapes from prison and kidnaps another past victim, and the SVU team is forced to kill his character to save the victim.
Bob Saget played an obsessive husband.
Most people know Bob Saget as Danny Tanner from ABC's "Full House." But on season eight, episode nine of "SVU," he appeared as Glenn, a husband who's so obsessed with knowing his wife's every move that he secretly implants a tracking chip inside her.
When he discovers she's been having an affair, he murders his wife.
Ludacris took on the role of a dark criminal.
Hip-hop legend Ludacris's two-episode arc made it pretty clear that he can act.
Cynthia Nixon played a character who was suspected of child abuse.
By the time Cynthia Nixon showed up on "SVU," she'd already been immortalized as Miranda Hobbes on HBO's "Sex and the City."
But on season nine, episode one, she delivered an exceptional performance as Janis, a woman suspected of child abuse who shows symptoms of multiple personality disorder.
Nixon's performance garnered so much attention that she walked away with an outstanding guest actress Emmy for the role.
Elizabeth McGovern played a psychiatrist who's tried for homicide.
Elizabeth McGovern graced movie screens in the film version of "Downton Abbey." But in 2007, she starred on season nine, episode five of "SVU" as Dr. Faith Sutton, a well-regarded psychiatrist who's hired by military contractors to conduct interrogations of suspected terrorists.
When the SVU team investigates her techniques, they find them highly sadistic, and she's eventually tried for criminally negligent homicide.
Jared Harris portrayed a serial killer.
Jared Harris is known for playing King George VI on Netflix's "The Crown" and Lane Pryce on AMC's "Mad Men." But on season nine of "SVU," Harris ditched his native English accent and took on a more low-brow role.
On episode six, he played Robert Morten, a hyper-manipulative serial killer whose mentee is on trial for a copycat murder.
Mae Whitman played the mother figure of a street gang.
Famous for her performances on "Arrested Development" and NBC's "Parenthood," Mae Whitman turned into a villain on season nine, episode 11 as Cassidy, the mother figure of a street gang who attracts the attention of the SVU team during an investigation of the murder of a young Upper East Side socialite.
Robin Williams played a deceptive audio engineer.
The late world-renowned comedy legend stretched his dramatic muscles during his season nine appearance on "SVU."
On episode 17, Robin Williams played Merritt Rook, an audio engineer with a real distaste for authority, who the SVU team believes is using tech tricks to incite a sexual assault.
Luke Perry portrayed an insidious criminal.
Luke Perry rose to fame on Fox's "90210."
On season 10, episode one of "SVU," though, he played an especially monstrous perp.
His character, Noah, is a serial rapist who adopts the child born after one of his attacks and forces his wife, another one of his rape victims, to raise the boy.
Sarah Hyland played an envious student in an elite prep school.
She played Jennifer, a high-achieving student at an elite prep school harboring a murderous envy for her genius roommate. Hyland gave a tightly-wound performance crackling with rage and intensity, a far cry from her comedic stylings as Haley Dunphy.
Carol Burnett portrayed a former dancer with a dark streak.
The iconic Carol Burnett, best known for her eponymous variety show, traded in her comedy stripes during her season 10 guest spot on "SVU."
On episode 16, she played Birdie Sulloway, a former dancer with some black-widow tendencies.
Hilary Duff played a young mother suspected of murdering her child.
She played Ashlee, a young mom being investigated by the SVU team about her 1-year-old daughter's murder.
This episode seemed to take inspiration from the Casey Anthony trial, and Duff delivered a compelling performance.
Sarah Paulson's character was an heiress with a dark side.
Paulson played Anne Gillette, a wealthy socialite who inherits a lot of money after her parents' shocking murder. But it doesn't take long for the SVU team to pinpoint Anne as the main suspect.
John Stamos played a mysterious attorney.
Like his "Full House" costar Saget, John Stamos played a villainous character on "SVU."
On season 12, episode 22, he took on the role of Ken, a seemingly charming attorney who's fixated on having children and is determined to get as many as possible, no matter the cost.
Lili Reinhart played a teen killer.
The SVU detectives eventually identify Courtney as one of the killers.
Betty Gilpin made an appearance as a promiscuous teacher.
Betty Gilpin's been making a name for herself as Debbie/Liberty Belle on the hit Netflix series "GLOW," but she's hardly a newcomer to Hollywood.
Her resume includes parts on dozens of TV series, including "SVU." She guest-starred on season 13, episode 21 as a teacher engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage student.
Pablo Schreiber had a multiple-episode villain arc.
Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" and Starz's "American Gods" star Pablo Schreiber had a long-term villain arc as William Lewis, a serial rapist who captures Olivia Benson on season 14 and holds her captive into the beginning season 15.
His "SVU" run as Lewis was eight episodes long, but Schreiber also has a minor role as a different character on an episode back on season eight.
Patti LuPone took on the role of a cunning talent manager.
The famous and celebrated Broadway actress, Patti LuPone, also spent some time on the small screen.
On season 16, episode 11, she did stint as Lydia, a talent manager with a client under suspicion for rape and assault. But, as so often happens on "SVU," LuPone's seemingly sidelined character turns out to be the mastermind behind her client's implication.
Harry Hamlin played a corrupt officer.
Back in the 1980s, Harry Hamlin owned the hero role as Perseus in "Clash of the Titans." But when he guest-starred on season 16 of "SVU," there was nothing heroic about his character.
He took on a two-episode arc as Chief Charles Patton, Detective Rollins' former boss from Atlanta, who she suspects of raping a junior officer while in NYC for a conference.
Brad Garrett played a prison guard with a criminal streak.
Most famous for playing Ray Romano's brother on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," Brad Garrett shied away from sitcom wholesomeness when he signed on for a two-episode run on season 17 of "SVU."
He played Gary Munson, a prison guard accused of multiple rapes, who ultimately shoots and kills a member of the SVU team.
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