Mickey Hargitay was Mariska Hargitay's father. (He was an ex Mr. Universe, he played Hercules in a movie with Jayne Mansfield and he was even in an episode of Law & Order: SVU). Here's the article on E! Mickey Hargitay, Ex-Hercules & Father of Mariska, Dies - Sep 18, 2006 - E! Online News My heart goes out to his family, and may he rest in peace. It was wonderful that he got to meet his grandson and watch his daughter win an Emmy, though.