Mariska Hargitay Bio, Age, Height, Young, Mom, Husband, Children, Net Worth, Movies and TV Shows

Mariska Hargitay Biography

Mariska Hargitay is an American multiple award-winning Actress, Director and Philanthropist, who was born and brought up in Santa Monica, California, United States of America. She is widely known for her role in the NBC drama series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ as Detective/Sergeant/Lieutenant/Captain Olivia Benson, which earned her numerous awards including Golden Globe Award and four Gracie Allen Awards, and numerous nominations including eight Emmy Awards and eight People’s Choice Awards.

10 Quick Facts About Mariska Hargitay

  1. Name: Mariska Hargitay
  2. Age: 57 years
  3. Birthday: 23 January
  4. Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  5. Height: 5 feet 7¾ inches
  6. Nationality: American
  7. Occupation: Actress, Director and Philanthropist
  8. Marital Status: married
  9. Salary: $13 million
  10. Net worth: $100 million


Mariska Hargitay Age

Hargitay is 57 years old as of 2019, she was born on 23 January 1964, in Santa Monica, California, United States. She celebrates her birthday on 23 January every year and her birth sign is Aquarius.

Mariska Hargitay Height

Mariska stands at a height of 5 feet 7¾ inches. Her body measurements are 37-25-36 inches.

Mariska Hargitay Weight

Hargitay Weighs 66 kg. She has dark brown eyes and dyed golden brown hair.

Mariska Hargitay Education

Mariska went to the Marymount High School in Los Angeles graduating in 1982. She then attended the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. Later, she enrolled at Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles, where she pursued her acting career.

Mariska Hargitay Young

Mariska was born to her parents Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in Santa Monica. Her father Mickey is a bodybuilder and actor while her mother Jayne is an actress. She spent her childhood with her five siblings, two biological named Miklos, and Zoltan Hargitay, and three half-siblings named Jayne Marie, Antonio “Tony” Cimber and Tina Hargitay. Her brothers Zoltan, Antonio and sister  Jayne are actors.

Mariska Hargitay Mom

Hargitay’s parents divorced in May 1963, however, a judge later found their Mexican divorce invalid. The two reconciled a few months before Mariska’s birth in January 1964, but soon separated again.  Her mother successfully petitioned the court to rule the Mexican divorce legal in August 1964.

A few weeks later, Mansfield married the director Matt Cimber, who had directed her in a 1964 production of the William Inge play Bus Stop.  On June 29, 1967, Mariska’s mother was killed in an automobile accident on a stretch of U.S. Route 90 between New Orleans and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Her boyfriend, Sam Brody, and the driver were also killed. Asleep in the back of the vehicle, Mariska who was 3 years and a half years old, was left with a zigzag scar on one side of her head. Mariska’s  brothers Miklós and Zoltán were also in the car, but escaped with minor injuries.

After the death of their mother, Mariska and her siblings were raised by their father and his third wife, Ellen Siano. She  dislikes comparisons with her famous mother and at age 18 said, “My dad was Mr. Universe, so it would be fun for me to be Miss Universe.”

On August 27, 2006, upon winning her Emmy  Mariska thanked her father. Soon after, on September 14, 2006, her father died from multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, California, at age 80

Mariska Hargitay Husband

Mariska is currently married to her husband Peter Hermann, an actor, producer and writer. The couple tied the knot on August 28, 2004, in an adorable wedding ceremony held in Santa Barbara, California. The couple met on the set of Law & Order: SVU, and they got engaged in April 2004. They are blessed with three children named August Miklos Friedrich, Amaya Josephine and Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann.

Mariska Hargitay Kids

Hargitay and her husband Peter Hermann have three children, a son named August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, who was born in June 2006, and two adopted kids, a daughter named Amaya Josephine Hermann who they adopted in April 2011 and a son named Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann.

Mariska Hargitay Salary

Mariska receives a salary of $450,000 per episode, and an annual average salary of $13 million.

Mariska Hargitay Net Worth

Hargitay has an estimated net worth of $100 million dollars as of 2021. This includes her assets, money and income. Her primary source of income is her career as an Actress, Director and Philanthropist. Through her various sources of income, Mariska has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle.

Mariska Hargitay Measurements and Facts

Here are some interesting facts and body measurements you should know about Mariska Hargitay.

Mariska Hargitay Wiki

  • Full Names: Mariska Magdolna Hargitay
  • Gender: Female
  • Occupation / Profession: Actress, Director and Philanthropist
  • Nationality: American
  • Race / Ethnicity: White (Hungarian, English, Cornish, and German descent)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight

Mariska Hargitay Birthday

  • Age / How Old?: 57 years (2021)
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Date of Birth: 23 January 1964
  • Place of Birth: Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Birthday: 23 January

Mariska Hargitay Body Measurements

  • Body Measurements: 37-25-36 inches
  • Height / How Tall?: 5 feet 7¾ inches (1.72 m)
  • Weight: 66 kg (145 lbs)
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Hair Color: Dyed Golden Brown
  • Shoe Size: 9.5 (US)
  • Dress Size: 4 (US)
  • Breast Size: 37 inches
  • Waist Size: 25 inches
  • Hip Size: 36 inches

Mariska Hargitay Family and Relationship

  • Father (Dad): Mickey Hargitay
  • Mother: Jayne Mansfield
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): Miklos, Zoltan, Jayne Marie Mansfield, Antonio “Tony” Cimber, and Tina Hargitay
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Husband/Spouse: Married to Peter Hermann
  • Dating / Boyfriend: Not Applicable
  • Children: Sons (August Miklos Friedrich and Amaya Josephine) Daughter(s) (Andrew Nicolas Hargitay Hermann)

Mariska Hargitay Net Worth and Salary

  • Net Worth: $100 Million
  • Salary: $450 Thousand Per Episode and $13 Million (Annual)
  • Source of Income: Actress, Director and Philanthropist

Mariska Hargitay Baywatch

Mariska also apppeared on Baywatch  action drama series about the Los Angeles County lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. Later the show was cancelled after its first season on NBC, but survived through syndication and it became one of the most-watched television shows in the world. It rans in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999. With a setting change and large cast overhaul from 1999 to 2001, it was known as Baywatch: Hawaii.

Christopher Meloni And Mariska Hargitay

Melon and Mariska both starred on the perennially popular Law And Order: SVU for 11 seasons together. Mariska, and Christopher Meloni, have reunited in real life after a vacation get-together in 2019. The two have gotten together multiple times in recent years, though it’s been seven years since Christopher was a regular castmember of the show.

Mariska Hargitay Falcon Crest

Mariska had a recurring role as Carly Fixx in the soap opera Falcon Crest in 1988. Falcon Crest is  prime time television soap opera that aired for nine seasons on CBS from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. The series was based on the feuding factions of the wealthy Gioberti/Channing family in the Californian wine industry.

It was starred by Jane Wyman as Angela Channing, the tyrannical matriarch of the Falcon Crest Winery, opposite Robert Foxworth as Chase Gioberti, Angela’s nephew who returns after the death of his father. The series was set in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (modeled after the Napa Valley) northeast of San Francisco.

Mariska Hargitay Charity

Mariska is founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation.  It is an organization which was established in 2004 to provide support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. According to Mariska, she was inspired by an encounter with a school of dolphins that surrounded her while she was swimming off the coast of Hawaii at the age of 15.

This encounter had ignited profound spiritual feelings within her, was one that Mariska hoped to share with others.  The Joyful Heart Foundation as of November 2010, has sent over 5,000 women and children on therapeutic programs in New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, which combine yoga, meditation, massage, journaling, and swimming with dolphins.

Mariska Hargitay Movies and TV Shows


  • 2017 – I Am Evidence
  • 2008 – The Love Guru as Herself
  • 2006 – Tales from Earth as seaTenar
  • 2001 – Perfume as Darcy
  • 1999 – Lake Placid as Myra Okubo
  • 1995 – Leaving Las Vegas as Hooker at Bar
  • 1993 – Bank Robber as Marisa Benoit
  • 1991 – Hard Time  as RomanceAnita
  • 1991 – The Perfect Weapon as Jennifer
  • 1991 – Strawberry Road as Jill Banner
  • 1988 – Mr. Universe as Herself
  • 1987 – Jocks as Nicole
  • 1986 – Welcome to 18 as Joey
  • 1985 – Ghoulies as Donna

TV Shows

  • 2000, 2005 -Law & Order as Detective Olivia Benson
  • 2017 – Nightcap as Herself
  • 2015 – Chicago Fire Sergeant/Lieutenant Olivia Benson
  • 2014–16 – Chicago P.D.Sergeant/Lieutenant Olivia Benson
  • 2011 – Barefoot Contessa as Herself
  • 2010 – Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List as Herself
  • 2005 – Law & Order: Trial by Jury as Detective Olivia Benson
  • 2004 – Plain Truth as Ellie Harrison
  • 1999–present – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective/Sergeant/Lieutenant
  • 1997 – Night Sins as Paige Price
  • 1997–98 – ER as Cynthia Hooper
  • 1996 – Ellen as Dara
  • 1995 – All-American Girl as Jane
  • 1995–96 – Can’t Hurry Love as Didi Edelstein
  • 1994 – Gambler V: Playing for Keeps as Etta Place
  • 1993 – Hotel Room as Diane
  • 1992 – Tequila and Bonetti as Officer Angela Garcia
  • 1991 – Adam-12 as Michelle Brown
  • 1990 – Wiseguy as Debbie Vitale
  • 1989 – Baywatch as Lisa Peters
  • 1988 – Freddy’s Nightmares as Marsha Wildmon
  • 1986 – Downtown as Jesse Smith

Mariska Hargitay House

Mariska listed the stunning Upper West Side townhome she shares with her husband, actor Peter Hermann, for $10.75 million. The colorful, six-floor property, located at 45 West 84th Street, has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and three powder rooms. At approximately 7,000 square feet, the space is complete with an elevator, a finished basement, and a rooftop den.

Plus, air-conditioning and home security systems, a vented laundry room, and heated bathroom flooring are just a few renovations the lucky buyer of this property will enjoy. Scroll down for a look inside the home.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mariska Hargitay

Who is Mariska Hargitay?

Mariska Hargitay is a multiple award-winning Actress, Director and Philanthropist, who is widely known for her role in the NBC drama series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ as Olivia Benson.

How old is Mariska Hargitay?

Hargitay is an American national born on 23rd January 1964, in Santa Monica CA.

How tall is Mariska Hargitay?

Mariska stands at a height of 1.72m.

Is Mariska Hargitay married?

Yes, Hargitay is married to Peter Hermann. They got married on August 28, 2004 and together they have three children.

How much is Mariska Hargitay worth?

Mariska has an approximate net worth of $100 million. This amount has been accrued from her leading roles in the entertainment industry.

How much does Mariska Hargitay make?

Hargitay has an approximate salary of $13 million. This amount has been accrued from her leading roles in the entertainment industry.

Where does Mariska Hargitay live?

Because of security reasons, Mariska has not shared her precise location of residence. We will update this information if we get the location and images of her house.

Is Mariska Hargitay dead or alive?

Hargitay is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of her being sick or having any health-related issues.

Where is Mariska Hargitay now?

Mariska is still an active participant in the creative entertainment industry, she is a cast member of the newly released series Law & Order: Organized Crime, which was released on 1st April 2021 in the US and later dates in other countries.

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