Mariska Hargitay Net Worth

What is the estimated net worth of the actress Mariska Hargitay? She is a person both men and women like and cherish. It is people like she who make us look up to Hollywood and other movie stars. We will talk about her net worth, but first, a little bit more about the actress herself. She is an American born in Santa Monica, California, United States on the January 23, 1964. Finding her talents at quite a young age, she studied and later graduated from The Groundlings, Marymount High School, University of California, Los Angeles UCLA School of Theater. Over a period of time she was selected to appear in many movies and TV shows. Popular in her home country and across the globe, Mariska Hargitay stands at 5 ft 7 in (1.721 m). Peter Hermann (m. 2004) and Amaya Josephine Hermann, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann make up her family. Since we know that Hollywood actors earn six, seven or even eight figure sums, Mariska Hargitay is no exception, having an estimated net worth of $50 Million.

Read more about Mariska Hargitay Biography

Mariska Hargitay was born to two celebrities – her father Mickey became an actor after winning the 1955 Mr. Universe title, and her mother, Jayne Mansfield, was the actress, singer, and Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s. Prior to launching her career as an actress, Mariska appeared several pageants, being crowned as Miss Beverly Hills, and participating in the Miss California USA competition. Afterwards, she decided to throw herself seriously into acting, and attended the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. Initially Mariska appeared in several music videos, then in 1985 she debuted on the big screen with a role in the film “Ghoulies”.

Subsequently, Hargitay was part of the main cast of the crime drama series “Downtown” in 1986, then appeared in a great number of television series of varying quality over the period 1987 to 1999, including “Falcon Crest”, “Tequila and Bonetti”, “Hotel Room”, “Gambler V: Playing for Keeps”. “All-American Girl”, “The Single Guy” , and “ER” from 1997 to ‘98), as well as feature films including “Jocks”, “The Perfect Weapon” and “Leaving Las Vegas” .

All these added consistently to her overall net worth, however, without doubt the most successful and fruitful role she has landed is that of Detective Olivia Benson in the series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, which has aired 358 episodes from 1999 to date, and is still one of the most popular crime dramas shown on TV. The series has added significant amounts to Hargitay’s bank account, as consequently Mariska has appeared in many series’ spin-offs, for example, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury”. Moreover, since 2014 she has become a director and producer of the series, an extra input to her net worth.

Always active, Mariska continues to land roles in other well-known series too, including in “Plain Truth” and “My Life on the D-List”, as well as films including “Perfume”. “Tales from Earthsea” and “The Love Guru” though none of the characters created have been as successful or lucrative as the detective Olivia Benson.

In her personal life, Mariska Hargitay has been married to the actor and writer Peter Hermann since 2004, and they are the parents of three children, two of them adopted. Mariska is also a polyglot, fluent in five languages including Italian, Spanish, French and Hungarian. Additionally, she organizes many charity events, and is a direct generous donator to various funds too.

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  • Full Name: Mariska Hargitay
  • Net Worth: $50 Million
  • Salary: $450,000 per episode
  • Date Of Birth: January 23, 1964
  • Place Of Birth: Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.721 m)
  • Profession: Actress, Film Producer
  • Education: The Groundlings, Marymount High School, University of California, Los Angeles UCLA School of Theater
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Peter Hermann (m. 2004)
  • Children: Amaya Josephine Hermann, August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann
  • Parents: Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay
  • Siblings: Jayne Marie Mansfield, Zoltan Hargitay, Mickey Hargitay Jr., Tony Cimber, Tina Hargitay
  • Nicknames: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay , Mariska Magdolina Hargitay , Marishka Hargitay , Bubbles , Marish , Maria , Mariska Hermann
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  • Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2006), Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama (2005)
  • Nominations: People’s Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance,Satellite Award for Best Actress (2000), TV Land Favorite Lady Gumshoe Award (2007), VGX Award for Best Supporting Female Performance (2005)
  • Movies: “Jocks” (1987), “The Perfect Weapon” (1991), “Gambler V: Playing for Keeps” (1994), “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995), “Plain Truth” (2004), “Perfume” (2006), “Tales from Earthsea” (2006), “The Love Guru”
  • TV Shows: “Falcon Crest” (1981-1990), “Tequila and Bonetti” (1992), “Hotel Room” (1993), “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2006), “My Life on the D-List” (2005- 2010), “All-American Girl”, “The Single Guy” (1995-1997), “ER” (1997-1998)


  • [on dealing with sexual offences] Society continues to misplace blame and shame on survivors – both women and men – on college campuses and everywhere else. That has to end. We must confront the myths and excuses that help perpetuate sexual assault. We must speak out about these issues boldly and often, because criminals thrive when we are silent, when we are reluctant to engage, when we insist that these issues are too murky to sort out.
  • [Her tearful acceptance speech when she received the Muse Award from the New York Women in Film in 2012] My mother was the actress Jayne Mansfield, and she died when I was just three years old. And so on this day when I find myself in this room full of powerful forces, personified as women, I miss her very much, and I wish she was here.
  • [on her mother Jayne Mansfield] I think that she was a woman who was way before her time, because I don’t know how somebody can have five children and yet still be a sex symbol! She was just amazing.
  • [on the disturbing aspects of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)] When I read the script sometimes, it’s like “Christ! Enough!”. I can’t sleep at night sometimes. There’s the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can’t shower off.
  • [Part of her 2005 Golden Globe acceptance speech] Fifty years ago, my mother stood on this stage accepting this award. She was fortunate enough to have my dad with her. Fifty years later, I’m fortunate enough to have my dad with me. I love you, Dad.
  • Everything has combined to make my life in New York an amazing experience. I told my manager a few years ago that I wanted to move here and try acting in the theater. Then this show came up. Now I’m in this show that means something to me and a lot of other people.


  • Auditioned for the role of “Jadzia Dax” of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). The role was given to Terry Farrell.
  • She is a trained rape crisis counselor.
  • She received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame next to her mother’s star.
  • Mariska trained with Joanne Baron in the two-year Meisner program.
  • Aunt of Jianni Cimber (Tony’s daughter), Brandon and Mickey Hargitay III.
  • She and Peter Hermann divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right next to her mother Jayne Mansfield’s star.
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6328 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 8, 2013.
  • When Jayne Mansfield was three years old, her father, who was thirty-four years old, died of a heart attack, leaving her with a shattering void in her life. In a eerie coincidence, when Mariska was three years old, her mother, who was thirty-four years old, died in a car crash. Mariska would later say that “losing my mother at such an early age is the scar of my soul”.
  • In 1992, she was engaged to a studio executive, Lance Young, but later broke off the engagement.
  • She can only remember two events from her life with her mother Jayne Mansfield, who died when Mariska was only three years old. One is when her mother served her breakfast, and the other is when she rubbed her head while they were in bed together.
  • Very close friends with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) co-star Christopher Meloni.
  • Has a photograph of her mother, Jayne Mansfield, on her desk on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
  • On October 19, 2011, she and her husband Peter Hermann adopted a baby boy and named him Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann.
  • Was considered for the role of Annie Porter in Speed (1994), which went to Sandra Bullock.
  • She has played the same character (Detective Olivia Benson) on five different series: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005), Chicago Fire (2012) and Chicago P.D. (2014).
  • (April 7, 2011) Mariska and Peter Hermann have adopted a baby girl and named her Amaya Josephine Hermann.
  • Friends with Angelique L’Amour, Jennifer Barker, Ina Garten and Joely Fisher.
  • Stepdaughter of Ellen Hargitay, a stewardess.
  • Good friends with actress Hilary Swank. Hilary stays with Mariska when on location in New York.
  • Her publicist is Gary Mantoosh.
  • (January 13, 2009) Has a partially collapsed lung, but condition is improving.
  • Godmother of her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) co-star, Christopher Meloni’s daughter Sophia.
  • One of People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
  • Spoke in 2007 for Girl Scouts of Greater New York Scholars Program about her career and how she became who she is.
  • Following the family’s acting lineage, Mariska has a cousin, actor Eddie Hargitay. Her father Mickey Hargitay is Eddie’s godfather.
  • (September 14, 2006) Her father Mickey Hargitay died after a lengthy illness at age 80.
  • One of People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2006).
  • Gave birth, via C-section to her first child, a son, August Miklós Friedrich Hermann (10 lb., 9oz.), on June 28, 2006 at 3:21PM.
  • First woman ever from the Law and Order franchise to receive award nominations and wins.
  • (August 28, 2004) Married Peter Hermann at California’s Unitarian Historical Chapel.
  • Former sister-in-law of Dana Hargitay, ex-wife of her brother Miklos.
  • Founder and president of a non-profit organization to aid the victims of rape – The Joyful Heart Foundation.
  • She learned to swim at the age of two and later swam for her high school.
  • One of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (2005).
  • On one occasion, she came upon a pregnant woman who collapsed while in New York City. When no one else came to the woman’s aid, she lapsed into her character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) while aiding the victim.
  • Her father was Hungarian, while her American-born mother was of 7/8ths English and 1/8th German ancestry. Mariska’s maternal grandparents were Vera J. Palmer and Herbert W. Palmer (Jayne Mansfield’s parents).
  • Became good friends with Maria Bello when she had a recurring role on ER (1994) in 1997-1998.
  • Won the Miss Beverly Hills 1982 pagent.
  • Has a zig-zag scar down the side of her head from the 1967 crash that killed her mother, Jayne Mansfield. She was only three years old when she was involved in the crash and has no memory of the event.
  • Majored in theatre at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • In June 1967, she and her two brothers were asleep in the back seat of a car when it smashed into the back of a trailer truck instantly killing her mother (Jayne Mansfield), the driver and Mansfield’s boyfriend, attorney Sam Brody. Miraculously, the three children escaped with minor injuries.
  • Speaks English, French, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish.
  • Replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) as Dulcea, but her scenes were reshot with Gabrielle Fitzpatrick returning as Dulcea. In 2009, she said she was lucky enough to have a father who told her not to quit acting after that experience.
  • Daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay; younger sister of Zoltan Hargitay and Mickey Hargitay Jr., half-sister of Jayne Marie Mansfield (Jayne’s daughter from her first marriage), Tony Cimber (from her mother’s third marriage), and of Tina Hargitay (from her father’s first marriage with Mary Birge, born 1949).


Title Year Status Character
Lake Placid 1999 Myra Okubo
Love American Style 1999 TV Movie Wendy (segment “Love And The Blind Date”)
ER 1997-1998 TV Series Cynthia Hooper
The Advocate’s Devil 1997 TV Movie Rendi
Cracker: Mind Over Murder 1997 TV Series Detective Penny Hatfield
Night Sins 1997 TV Movie Paige Price
The Single Guy 1996 TV Series Kate Conklin the Mounted Cop / Kate Conklin
Ellen 1996 TV Series Dara
Can’t Hurry Love 1995-1996 TV Series Didi Edelstein
Leaving Las Vegas 1995 Hooker at Bar
All-American Girl 1995 TV Series Jane
Gambler V: Playing for Keeps 1994 TV Movie Etta Place
Come the Morning 1993 Church Woman
Bank Robber 1993 Marisa Benoit
Seinfeld 1993 TV Series Melissa
Key West 1993 TV Series Laurel
Blind Side 1993 TV Movie Melanie
Hotel Room 1993 TV Mini-Series Tina
Grapevine 1992 TV Series Katie
FBI: The Untold Stories 1992 TV Series Agent Michele Evans
Tequila and Bonetti 1992 TV Series Officer Angela Garcia
The New Adam-12 1991 TV Series Michelle Brown
Strawberry Road 1991 Jill Banner
The Perfect Weapon 1991 Jennifer
Hard Time Romance 1991 Anita
Gabriel’s Fire 1990 TV Series Carmen
Booker 1990 TV Series Michelle Larkin
Thirtysomething 1990 TV Series Courtney Dunn
Wiseguy 1990 TV Series Debbie Vitale
Baywatch 1989 TV Series Lisa Peters
Finish Line 1989 TV Movie Lisa Karsh
Falcon Crest 1988 TV Series Carly Fixx
Freddy’s Nightmares 1988 TV Series Marsha
Mr. Universe 1988
In the Heat of the Night 1988 TV Series Audine Higgs
Downtown 1986-1987 TV Series Jesse Smith
Jocks 1986 Nicole
Welcome to 18 1986 Joey
Ghoulies 1984 Donna
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999-2016 TV Series Olivia Benson
Chicago P.D. 2014-2016 TV Series Olivia Benson
The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 TV Series Mariska Hargitay
Taylor Swift: Bad Blood 2015 Video short Justice
Chicago Fire 2015 TV Series Olivia Benson
F–K 2010 Short Mariska
The Love Guru 2008 Mariska Hargitay (uncredited)
Gedo senki 2006 Tenar (English version, voice)
True Crime: New York City 2005 Video Game Deena Dixon (voice)
Law & Order 2000-2005 TV Series Olivia Benson
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 TV Series Olivia Benson
Plain Truth 2004 TV Movie Ellie Harrison
Perfume 2001 Darcy (as Marishka Hargitay)
Prince Street 1997-2000 TV Series Detective Nina Echeverria
Title Year Status Character
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series producer – 35 episodes, 2014 – 2016 executive producer – 5 episodes, 2016
Santorini Blue 2013 associate producer
Copy That 2006 Short producer
Title Year Status Character
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2014-2016 TV Series 4 episodes
Title Year Status Character
Falcon Crest 1988 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Black-Eyed Paper Cowboys 2012 Video short special thanks
Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2016 TV Series Herself
Harry 2016 TV Series Herself
Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour Live 2015 Video Herself
Today 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
The View 2003-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest Host
The Chew 2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
2015 MTV Video Music Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
Ice & Coco 2015 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Herself
The Show 2014 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2002-2014 TV Series Herself
Extra 2014 TV Series Herself
The Meredith Vieira Show 2014 TV Series Herself
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Talk 2014 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 7th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself – Presenter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999-2013 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest
Katie 2013 TV Series Herself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself
Stuck 2013/II Documentary Herself – Narrator (voice, uncredited)
True Crime: The Movie 2012 Documentary Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Herself – Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2007-2012 TV Series Herself
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Herself
Barefoot Contessa 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2010 TV Series Herself
The Cove: My Friend is… 2010 Short Herself
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2008 TV Series Herself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 TV Special
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Herself
Speechless 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2007 TV Special Herself
11th Annual Prism Awards 2007 TV Special Herself – Winner
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Herself – Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 2007 TV Series Herself
Freedom Dance 2007 Documentary short Narrator (voice)
BelzerVizion 2007 Short Herself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 TV Special Herself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
America Rebuilds II: Return to Ground Zero 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself – Narrator
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Herself – Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Fashion Rocks 2005 TV Movie Herself
The WIN Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Outstanding Miniseries and Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The Barry Z Show 2005 TV Series Herself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Herself – Winner: Best Actress in a Television Series [Drama]
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1999-2004 TV Series Herself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2003 TV Movie Herself
SVU: The Beginning 2003 Video short Herself
The Caroline Rhea Show 2003 TV Series Herself
I Love the ’80s 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 2002 TV Series Herself
Intimate Portrait 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The 26th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2000 TV Special Herself
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Movie: Secrets Revealed 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Herself
Hour Magazine 1988 TV Series Herself
New York, New York 1967 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1966 TV Series Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Herself
From the Start! 2016 TV Series Justice
The Meredith Vieira Show 2015 TV Series Herself
CNN NewsCenter 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Extra 2014 TV Series Herself – Law & Order: SVU
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Herself
30 Rock 2007 TV Series Detective Olivia Benson
Corazón de… 2005 TV Series Herself


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