Steven Zirnkilton

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Steven Zirnkilton
Born Stephen Morgan Zirnkilton
(1958-08-18) August 18, 1958 (age 57)
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other names Steven M. Zirnkilton, Steve
Citizenship United States
Occupation Voice actor, former politician
Agent William Morris Endeavor
Known for Law & Order
Spouse(s) Stephanie Zirnkilton
Children 2

Steven 'Steve' M. Zirnkilton (born Stephen Morgan Zirnkilton; August 18, 1958) 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.[1] He received the job after he was originally hired by series creator Dick Wolf for a small part on Law & Order.[2]

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,[3] as well as Ruby Ridge: Anatomy of a Tragedy on Investigation Discovery.[4][5] 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.[6] He later settled in Seal Harbor, Maine.[7] 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.


Steve Zirnkilton
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
In office
Personal details
Political party Republican

Zirnkilton, a Republican, served for eight years (four terms) in the Maine House of Representatives from 1982 to 1988 and again from 1992 to 1994.[8] He represented part of Hancock County, Maine, including his residence in the village of Seal Harbor in the town Mount Desert. During 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.[9]


  1. ^ "'Law & Order' reunion salutes 20th season". Today. Associated Press. September 23, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ask the Editors". TV Guide. April 19, 2010. p. 6. 
  3. ^ O'Neill, Bill (March 28, 2005). "Rave of the Week: "Idiots on film"". Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA: Dow Jones Local Media Group). Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sparked Media. "Ruby Ridge: Anatomy of a Tragedy". Vimeo. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Heffernan, Virginia. "Weaver's Last Stand". Slate. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Morton, Spencer (February 2, 2009). "Steve Zirnkilton: The man behind the voice". The Maine Campus (University of Maine). Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Biography". Steve Zirnkilton Voiceovers. Retrieved December 11, 2007. 
  8. ^ Hale, John (June 11, 1987). "Seal lovers attempt to harpoon whale bill". Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME: Bangor Publishing Company). p. 1. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Quinn, Francis X. (June 7, 2002). "Crowded 2nd District contests reminiscent of battles in 1994 Regional strength led the way to victory in contested primary races". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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