Published March 03, 2004
NEW YORK – He's a mayor in real life, but today Michael Bloomberg (search) gets to play one on TV -- and he'll be paid the going union rate of $678.
New York City mayor Bloomberg will have the starring role - playing himself - in the first taping inside City Hall for the hit NBC-TV drama "Law & Order," starring Jerry Orbach (search).
The episode centers on the grisly murder of an assistant district attorney, and Bloomberg will be answering questions from actors portraying reporters.
"Law & Order" (search) has been taping in and around city streets and buildings for 14 years, and there's now two spin-offs on the air.
Today will be the first time it's shot inside the historic seat of city government.
"Mayor Bloomberg is continuing the tradition of New York City mayors making appearances on 'Law & Order.' I am thrilled that he has welcomed us to shoot in City Hall for the first time in 14 years," series creator Dick Wolf said yesterday.
The mayor - a billionaire - will be paid $678 in accordance with Screen Actors Guild guidelines. Aides said the money would be donated to the New York Police and Fire Widows & Children's Benefit Fund.
The last sitting mayor to appear on "Law & Order" was Rudy Giuliani (search) in October 2000.