Law & Order has no shortage of great guest stars and creepy villains. My favorite villain, by far, is serial killer Mark Bruner in the episode “Bodies.” At one point, Bruner tells an atypically quiet Jack McCoy “I’m the un-you.” It’s a terrific line and Bruner follows it up with another zinger: “You can’t take your eyes off me.” He’s right. As played by the gifted actor Ritchie Coster, Bruner is a nightmare personified—terrifying yet grotesquely riveting. We can’t take our eyes off him.
Coster, in various roles, has appeared on several episodes of L&O and SVU, but his most unforgettable character is definitely the sadistic Bruner. He has a clip of the aforementioned scene on his website.
Currently, the actor can be seen on the big screen in Dark Knight playing a Russian mobster and doing a good job of it too. We were surprised and happy to discover Coster in the flick. Keep an eye out for him. Actually, you can’t miss him. As usual, you can’t take your eyes off him. Don’t know what it is but he’s got it.Post Categories: Crime & Justice
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