|Agent||William Morris Endeavor|
|Known for||Law & Order|
|Title||Member of the Maine House of Representatives|
|Term||1982-1988; 1992 to 1994|
Stephen 'Steve' M. Zirnkilton is an American voice-over actor and former politician from Maine. Zirnkilton is known for providing the opening narration of all US shows in the Law & Order franchise. He received the job after he was originally hired by series creator Dick Wolf for a small part on Law & Order.
Zirnkilton has also provided voices for Family Guy and The Rugrats Movie. He was a narrator for Faith Rewarded: The Historic Season of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. He also provided the voice-over for a Sky One advertisement for the channel's Law & Order airings. He was the narrator for TLC's Code Blue and the syndicated series Arrest & Trial. He has been the announcer for the Kennedy Center Honors. And for the past thirteen years he has been the onstage announcer for the Top Cops Awards in Washington, D.C..
Zirnkilton grew up in York, Pennsylvania and spent summers in Maine. He graduated from New England College and began working for radio station WDEA in Ellsworth, Maine upon graduation. He later settled in Seal Harbor, Maine. Zirnkilton received a Legislative Sentiment for his work, from Maine State Representative Chris Greeley. In politics, Zirnkilton served for 8 years as a member of the Maine House of Representatives as a Republican. In 1994, he unsuccessfully ran for Congress.
Zirnkilton, a Republican, served for 8 years (4 terms) in the Maine House of Representatives from 1982 to 1988 and again from 1992 to 1994. He represented part of Hancock County, Maine, including his residence in the village of Seal Harbor in the town Mount Desert, Maine. During to his final term in the House of Representatives, Zirnkilton served in leadership as Assistant Minority Leader. In 1994, when then Congresswoman Olympia Snowe decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Maine's 2nd congressional district, Zirnkilton sought to replace her. Zirnkilton lost the primary to fellow State Representative Richard A. Bennett, who eventually lost the general election to State Senator John Baldacci.
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