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Why Devon Miller From Law And Order Looks So Familiar

Ironically, actor and New York City native Mark Feuerstein appeared on the long-running NBC crime drama "Law & Order," thinking he'd be an attorney since his father and brother are lawyers (via CBS News). Feuerstein ended up with three guest appearances in the "Law & Order" franchise: two on the mothership series and a 2019 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

In addition to that and a 2005 spot on a "Law & Order" episode called "Bible Story," Feuerstein has shown up this season (the show's 22nd) in a segment titled "Only the Lonely" as Devon Miller, a career grifter who falls under suspicion for the murder of a crisis consultant named Dana Clarkson. As the detectives probe Miller's background, they discover a long trail of various con games and scams. It becomes increasingly apparent that he killed Clarkson after conning her out of half a million dollars.

But Miller is also a survivor. While representing himself during his trial, he begins a legal game of cat and mouse that finds him playing the jury, the witnesses, and the prosecutors as he attempts one last con to get himself out of a murder conviction.

While fans of "Law & Order" might certainly recognize Feuerstein from his previous appearances, the actor has a lengthy list of credits to his name where you may have spotted him before.

Mark Feuerstein broke through with politics and women

Beginning his career in 1995 with a recurring role as Officer Phil on the daytime soap "Loving," Mark Feuerstein bounced around several jobs in movies and on TV, including another recurring role on the Lea Thompson-led sitcom "Caroline in the City" and even his sitcom lead, as the title character in the short-lived "Conrad Bloom."

In 2000, Feuerstein was one of the male co-leads in "Woman on Top," an early starring vehicle for Penelope Cruz. A few months later, he was part of the supporting cast of "What Women Want," the massively successful comedy (via Box Office Mojo) starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The following year, he landed the guest role of Clifford Calley, a political lawyer, in Season 3 of the popular political drama "The West Wing." Calley returned in Seasons 6 and 7 as Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House, and Feuerstein was even nominated for best guest actor in a drama series by the Online Film and TV Association.

Feuerstein's film career after that never really took off. He did land a supporting role in the hit Cameron Diaz comedy-drama "In Her Shoes." He was also a Jewish freedom fighter in World War II-era Poland under the command of Daniel Craig and Live Schreiber in the fiery 2008 thriller "Defiance." But while he continued to appear in smaller films through 2017, Feuerstein has been much busier on television.

Royal Pains was a crowning achievement for Feuerstein

After another lead on an abruptly-canceled sitcom ("Good Morning, Miami!") and a continuing stream of guest or regular roles on shows like "The Closer," "Masters of Horror," and "The Hustler," Mark Feuerstein landed perhaps the most significant part of his career to date in 2009: he played Dr. Henry "Hank" Lawson, a former New York City E.R. doctor turned "concierge doctor" for wealthy Hamptons residents, on the USA Network medical drama "Royal Pains."

Chased out of his job in New York after a wealthy patient dies on his watch, Lawson becomes a kind of doctor-on-call for the privileged inhabitants of the elite Long Island conclave. But he is also called upon to help at the local hospital and treat patients with far fewer resources, creating tension in his life.

With an eight-season run and 104 episodes, "Royal Pains" became one of the highest-rated original series on basic cable television (via Mediaweek). They even nabbed a handful of award wins and nominations. It kept Feuerstein busy between 2009 and 2016. However, he somehow managed to squeeze in a five-episode recurring stint in 2015 on "Nurse Jackie," the popular Showtime series starring Edie Falco of "The Sopranos" fame.

With 9JKL, Mark Feuerstein took control

Having been a writer and producer on "Royal Pains" in addition to starring in the show, Mark Feuerstein must have developed a taste for working on the other side of the camera. So while he continued to act in other people's shows with a nine-episode arc on "Prison Break" and an eight-episode run (via Deadline) on "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later," he and his wife, Dana Klein, took creative matters into their own hands in 2017 with the series "9JKL."

In the CBS sitcom, loosely inspired by Feuerstein's life, a divorced actor moves into an apartment — after his TV show is canceled — adjacent to apartments in which his parents and his brother's family live. Feuerstein told CBS News that he lived next door to his parents in an apartment they owned while working on "Royal Pains," although his wife and kids stayed behind in Los Angeles. The real-life couple created and executive-produced the show, writing several episodes while Feuerstein played the fictional Josh Roberts.

Alas, CBS scrapped the series — which was not critically well-received — after just one low-rated 16-episode season, and even the presence of veteran actors like Elliott Gould and Linda Lavin as Josh's parents could not save it.

From power players to baby-sitters

Although "9JKL" was a highly personal project for Mark Feuerstein and his wife, he went back to work after it ended with a two-episode 2020 stint on the Starz crime drama "Power" as political rep Steven Ott, a role in which he found himself again on the spinoff series "Power Book II: Ghost." This time, Feuerstein got to appear on ten episodes during Season 1 as one of the main antagonists in the show, although he did not reappear for Season 2, and it's not clear if he'll return for a third year.

At the same time, Feuerstein also secured a leading role on the Netflix series "The Baby-Sitters Club" as Watson Brewer, the eventual stepfather of lead character Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace). Based on the novels by Ann M. Martin, the series was a critical hit and developed a loyal fan following, which made its abrupt cancellation by Netflix after two seasons (via Deadline) all the more shocking, with the streaming giant citing the show's inability to attract a wider audience.

While that, and an episode of "The Good Fight," and his turn as Devon Miller on "Law & Order" bring us up to date on Feuerstein, it's clear that this continually hard-working actor will show up again on TV in short order. Meanwhile, he's got plenty for you to catch up on.