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Jerry Orbach Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Jerome Bernard “Jerry” Orbach was born on the 20th October 1935, in The Bronx, New York City USA, of Jewish, Polish and Lithuanian ancestry. He was an actor and singer, and was described as a very talented, versatile film and stage actor. Moreover, he was a well known celebrity on television as well as in Broadway musicals. Jerry Orbach passed away in December 2004, having been active in the entertainment industry since 1955.

How rich was the actor and singer? Authoritative sources estimated that the overall size of Jerry Orbach’s net worth was as much as $10 million.

Jerry Orbach Net Worth $10 Million

To begin with, Jerry Orbach was raised in The Bronx. His father, Leon Orbach, ran a restaurant while also performing as an actor; his mother, Emily Olexy, was a singer. He attended Northwestern University, apparently without graduating.

He made his stage debut off-Broadway in 1955 in the English adaptation of “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. The same year, he was cast in a small role in the film adaptation of “Guys and Dolls”. He was noticed for the creation of the role of El Gallo in the musical “The Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones in 1960. In 1965, he performed the lead role in the musical “Guys and Dolls” for which he was nominated for Tony Award as the Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Afterwards, he starred in the television film “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1967. From 1968 to 1972, he appeared in the musical “Promises, Promises” by Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the role of Chuck Baxter earning him a Tony Award for the Best Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for the Best Performance. Orbach was also nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his roles in the musicals “Chicago” (1975–1977) by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb and John Kander as well as “42nd Street” (1980–1985) by Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble and Bradford Ropes. His net worth was growing steadily.

The interpretation of the episodic role of the private detective Harry MacGraw, a friend of Jessica Fletcher, in the television series “Murder, She Wrote” (1985–1991), encouraged producers to give him the lead role in the spin-off “The Law and MacGraw” (1987-1988), however, it was the role of Lennie Briscoe in the television series “Law & Order” (1992–2004) which brought him popularity. With Jerry winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, and a number of nominations.

Talking about the big screen, Orbach created more than 40 roles. To give examples, he played the role of the detective Gus Levy in the film “Prince of the City (1981) by Sidney Lumet, and the father of Jennifer Grey in “Dirty Dancing” (1987) by Emile Ardolino. Jerry also starred in the films “Universal Solder” (1992), “Chinese Coffee” (2000) among others. He also lent his voice to Light in the animated feature film “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) and its sequels.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he married twice, firstly to Marta Curro from 1958 to 1975, with whom he had two children. In 1979, he married Elaine Cancilla; they were married until his death. The actor died in December 2004 from prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Jerome Bernard Orbach information

Jerome Bernard Orbach information

Birth date: October 20, 1935, The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Death date: December 28, 2004, New York City, New York, United States
Height:6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Profession:Actor, Singer, Broadway musical celebrity
Nationality:American
Spouse:Marta Curro (1958–1975), Elaine Cancilla (1979–2004)
Children:Anthony Nicholas
Parents:Leon Orbach, Emily Olexy
Awards:American Theater Hall of Fame (1999), Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2005),
Nominations:Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (1965), Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, National Society of Film Critics Award and New York Film Critics Circle Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Best Supporting Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (1990), Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1998-2000),
Movies:“Guys and Dolls”, “Annie Get Your Gun” (1967), “Promises, Promises” (1968-1972), “Prince of the City (1981), “Dirty Dancing” (1987), “Universal Solder” (1992), “Chinese Coffee” (2000), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
TV shows:“The Threepenny Opera”, “The Fantasticks”, “Chicago” (1975–1977), “42nd Street” (1980–1985), “Murder, She Wrote” (1985–1991), “The Law and MacGraw” (1987-1988), “Law & Order” (1992–2004)
Books:"Remember How I Love You: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage" (Touchstone (Touchstone), 2009)

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005TV SeriesD.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe
Protesters2004VideoPolice Investigator in street
Law & Order: Justice Is Served2004Video GameSenior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe (voice)
Law & Order1991-2004TV SeriesLennie Briscoe / Frank Lehrman
Mickey's PhilharMagic2003ShortLumiere (voice)
Law & Order II: Double or Nothing2003Video GameSenior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe (voice)
Law & Order: Dead on the Money2002Video GameSenior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe (voice)
Manna from Heaven2002Waltz Contest Announcer
House of Mouse2001-2002TV SeriesLumiere
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001TV SeriesLennie Briscoe
Prince of Central Park2000Businessman
Chinese Coffee2000Jake Manheim
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit1999-2000TV SeriesLennie Briscoe
Temps1999Announcer
Belle's Tales of Friendship1999VideoLumiere (voice)
Homicide: Life on the Street1996-1999TV SeriesLennie Briscoe
You Be the Judge1999/ITV Series documentaryHost
Exiled1998TV MovieDetective Lennie Briscoe
Belle's Magical World1998VideoLumiere (voice)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas1997VideoLumiere (voice)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves1996VideoSa'luk (voice)
Frasier1996TV SeriesMitch
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesDet. Lennie Briscoe
The Cemetery Club1993uncredited
Mastergate1992TV MovieClifton Byers
Empty Nest1992TV SeriesArthur
Mr. Saturday Night1992Phil Gussman
Universal Soldier1992Dr. Christopher Gregor
Straight Talk1992Milo Jacoby
Quiet Killer1992TV MovieDr. Vincent Califano
Broadway Bound1992TV MovieJack Jerome
California Casanova1991Constantin Rominoffski
Dead Women in Lingerie1991Bartoli
Beauty and the Beast1991Lumiere (voice)
Delirious1991Lou Sherwood
Delusion1991Larry
Toy Soldiers1991Albert Trotta (uncredited)
Out for Justice1991Capt. Ronnie Donziger
Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter1991TV MovieVic St. John
Who's the Boss?1990TV SeriesNick
In Defense of a Married Man1990TV MovieAlan Michelson
A Gnome Named Gnorm1990Stan Walton
Kojak: None So Blind1990TV MovieTony Salducci
The Golden Girls1990TV SeriesGlen O'Brien
Hunter1990TV SeriesSal Scarlatti
Crimes and Misdemeanors1989Jack Rosenthal
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989Boyce
The Flamingo Kid1989TV ShortPhil Brody
Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder1989TV MovieBlaine Counter
Simon & Simon1988TV SeriesHarrison / Malcolm Shanley III
The Law and Harry McGraw1987-1988TV SeriesHarry McGraw
Someone to Watch Over Me1987Lt. Garber
Dirty Dancing1987Jake Houseman
The Hitchhiker1987TV SeriesCameron
I Love N.Y.1987Leo
Love Among Thieves1987TV MovieSpicer
Tales from the Darkside1987TV SeriesRoberts
Out on a Limb1987TV Mini-SeriesMort Viner
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers1986TV SeriesZachary Foxx
Dream West1986TV Mini-SeriesCapt. John Sutter
The Imagemaker1986Byron Caine
F/X1986Nicholas DeFranco
Our Family Honor1985TV SeriesBrian Merrick
Brewster's Millions1985Charley Pegler
The Streets1984TV MovieSgt. Max Grozzo
The Special Magic of Herself the Elf1983TV MovieKing Thorn (voice)
Ryan's Hope1983TV SeriesMr. Brahm
An Invasion of Privacy1983TV MovieSam Bianchi
Plaza Suite1982TV MovieRoy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
Prince of the City1981Detective Gus Levy
Underground Aces1981Herbert Penlittle
Alex and the Doberman Gang1980TV MovieRogers
Trapper John, M.D.1980TV SeriesDr. Beeker
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century1980TV SeriesLars Mangros
The Sentinel1977Michael Dayton
Kojak1975TV SeriesBrubaker
Foreplay1975Jerry Lorsey
Medical Center1975TV SeriesJosh
Diana1973TV SeriesDonald Kirby
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesHomer 'Arsenal' Andrews (segment "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey")
A Fan's Notes1972Frederick Earl Exley
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight1971Kid Sally
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesIrwin Keyser (1980-1981)
Annie Get Your Gun1967TV MovieCharles Davenport
The Defenders1965TV SeriesJ.P. Loring
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965Pinkerton
Camera Three1964TV SeriesLarry Foreman
The Doctors and the Nurses1963TV SeriesSteve Ford
Bye Bye Birdie1963Bob - Ed Sullivan Show Producer (uncredited)
Mad Dog Coll1961Joe Clegg
Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life1961TV MovieCristof
Cop Hater1958Gang Leader - Mumzer
Marty1955Ballroom Extra (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances1985-2004TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas1997Video performer: "Deck the Halls", "As Long As There's Christmas", "A Cut Above the Rest"
Aladdin and the King of Thieves1996Video performer: "Are You In or Out?"
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV Special performer: "Be Our Guest"
Beauty and the Beast1991performer: "Be Our Guest" uncredited, "Something There" uncredited, "Human Again"
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV Special performer: "Lullaby of Broadway"
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV Special performer: "All I Care About"
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV Special performer: "She Likes Basketball/Turkey Lurkey Time"
Camera Three1964TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2005TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago2005Video documentary short dedicatee
Law & Order: The First 3 Years2004Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Showbiz Today1993TV SeriesHimself
The 45th Annual Directors Guild Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Later with Bob Costas1992TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Performer: Be Our Guest
The Making of 'Beauty and the Beast'1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Experience1991TV Series documentary
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration1988TV SpecialHimself
In Performance at the White House: A Salute to Broadway - The Shows1988TV MovieHimself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series Drama
Reading Rainbow1986TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The Best of Everything1983TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Choreography
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The Way They Were1981TV Special
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Macy's 54th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade1980TV MovieHimself
The Lynne Gordon Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Performer and Nominee: Best Actor in a Musical
Mitzi... A Tribute to the American Housewife1974TV SpecialHimself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1972TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Performer and Winner: Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
The Kraft Music Hall1969TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1967TV SeriesHimself
ABC's Nightlife1965TV SeriesHimself
The Shari Lewis Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHimself
Greenwich Village: A World Apart2015Documentary shortHimself
From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago2005Video documentary shortHimself
Law & Order: Set Tour with Jerry Orbach2004Video documentary shortLennie Briscoe
Fox and Friends2004TV SeriesHimself
Law & Order: The First 3 Years2004Video documentary shortHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2004TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special2003TV SpecialHimself
Great Performances1985-2003TV SeriesHimself
Try to Remember: The Fantasticks2003DocumentaryHimself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHimself
Tale as Old as Time: The Making of 'Beauty and the Beast'2002Video documentaryHimself - Voice of 'Lumiere'
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Encounters with the Unexplained2000-2002TV Series documentaryHost / Himself - Host / Narrator
The Hustler: The Inside Story2002Video documentary shortHimself - Actor
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
TV Guide's 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV SpecialHimself
The Hunt2001/IITV Movie documentaryPresenter
Badge of Courage: Police Officer of the Year2000TV MovieHimself
Biography1999-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Radio Show2000TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself
The Acting Class2000Himself
Serial Killers: Profiling the Criminal Mind1999Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Jeopardy!1998TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
1995 Miss North America Pageant1995TV SpecialHimself - Judge

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Prince of the City: The Real Story2007Video documentary shortGus Levy
America's Top Sleuths2006TV Movie documentaryDet. Lenny Briscoe
A Different Look at 'Law & Order'2006Video shortHimself
Great Performances2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Performer / Himself - Host
Jerry Orbach Tribute2005Video shortHimself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialMemorial Tribute
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Very Merry Christmas Sing Along Songs2003VideoLumiere
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Be Our Guest1992Video shortLumiere
Murder, She Wrote1992TV Series

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsCoolest Crime Fighting TeamLaw & Order (1990)· Chris Noth
2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite "Casual Friday" CopLaw & Order (1990)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Jesse L. Martin
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Elisabeth Röhm
· Fred Dalton Thompson
· Sam Waterston
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Angie Harmon
· Jesse L. Martin
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Elisabeth Röhm
· Sam Waterston
· Dianne Wiest
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Angie Harmon
· Steven Hill
· Jesse L. Martin
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Sam Waterston
· Dianne Wiest
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Benjamin Bratt
· Angie Harmon
· Steven Hill
· Jesse L. Martin
· Carey Lowell
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Sam Waterston
2000Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Benjamin Bratt
· Angie Harmon
· Steven Hill
· Carey Lowell
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Sam Waterston
1999Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
1998AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature ProductionBeauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Benjamin Bratt
· Steven Hill
· Carey Lowell
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Sam Waterston
1998Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Benjamin Bratt
· Jill Hennessy
· Steven Hill
· Carey Lowell
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Sam Waterston
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Benjamin Bratt
· Jill Hennessy
· Steven Hill
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Chris Noth
· Sam Waterston
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)· Jill Hennessy
· Steven Hill
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Chris Noth
· Sam Waterston
1993GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the YearBeauty and the Beast (1991)· Alan Menken (produced by)
· Howard Ashman (produced by)
· Walter Afanasieff (produced by)
· Robert Buchanan (produced by)
· David Ogden Stiers (narrated and performed by)
· Paige O'Hara (performed by)
· Céline Dion (performed by)
· Peabo Bryson (performed by)
· Robby Benson (performed by)
· Angela Lansbury (performed by)
· Richard White (performed by)
· Jesse Corti (performed by)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialBroadway Bound (1992)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Golden Girls (1985)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1982NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorPrince of the City (1981)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorPrince of the City (1981)


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#Fact
1Jerry went to a New York acting school (Lee Strasberg - Actor's Studio) with fellow aspiring student, Marilyn Monroe.
2Left behind an estimated estate of $10,000,000.
3Cousin of Ron Orbach.
4He appeared in 274 episodes of Law & Order (1990), more than anyone else except for S. Epatha Merkerson and Sam Waterston.
5His mother Emily Orbach died on July 28, 2012 at the age of 101.
6He has three grandchildren. Sarah Kate Orbach and Peter Orbach who are his oldest son Tony's kids and Aaron Orbach born in 2014 to his youngest son Chris Orbach and daughter-in-law Nicole.
7In 2007 Jerry's oldest son Tony and grandson Peter appeared on the tv-show Cash Cab together.
8His widow Elaine Orbach died on April 1st 2009 from pneumonia at the age of 69.
9Jerry Orbach was an animal-rights activist.
10Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 405-407. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
11W 53rd St. in Manhattan has been named Jerry Orbach Way!.
12Made his Broadway stage debut as Smith, the Police Constable, in "The Threepenny Opera".
13Was an organ donor and upon his death he gave his eyes as a gift of sight.
14Along with S. Epatha Merkerson, Annie Parisse, Milena Govich and Jeremy Sisto, he was one of only five Law & Order (1990) cast members to play a different character in an episode before joining the cast in a later season. Michael Imperioli and J.K. Simmons also played multiple roles, but were not permanent additions to the cast.
15According to his book "Hollywood Animal", Joe Eszterhas said that when he was down and out, Orbach would fill his station wagon with groceries and deliver them to his house.
16Along with Chris Noth, Dann Florek and Fred Dalton Thompson, he is one of four Law & Order (1990) cast members who later joined the regular cast of one of the spin-off series. He played Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order (1990) from 1992 to 2004 and was a member of the original cast of Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
17Is one of four cast members from Law & Order (1990) whose character became a regular on a "Law & Order" spin-off. He played Det. Lennie Briscoe in both "Law & Order" and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005). Although he was signed as a regular cast member in L&O:TBJ, he died unexpectedly after shooting only two episodes.
18The Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) episode "Baby Boom" was dedicated to his memory. At the end, a message was shown that said "For Jerry".
19Before joining the cast of Law & Order (1990) in 1992, he played a defense attorney named Frank Lehrman in the Season Two episode "The Wages of Love". Detective Lennie Briscoe, the character he later played on the series for twelve seasons, hated defense attorneys for defending "the scum of the earth."
20His character Law & Order (1990) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005) character, Detective Lennie Briscoe, was the longest running character on American prime time live action television from May 2004, when Frasier (1993) ended, to March 2005. Kelsey Grammer had played Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers (1982) and Frasier (1993) since November 1984. Richard Belzer, who has played Detective John Munch in Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) since January 1993, is the current holder of the title.
21Played the uncle of his real-life son, Chris Orbach, in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
22Jesse L. Martin performed the song "Razzle Dazzle" from the musical "Chicago" at the 2005 Tony Awards just as the "In Memoriam" section of the show was finishing. The last photo shown during the memorial was that of Orbach, who was both Martin's costar on Law & Order (1990) and the first person to perform "Razzle Dazzle" in the original Broadway production of "Chicago".
23He appeared in episodes of four different series with Sam Waterston: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
24Along with Jesse L. Martin, Fred Dalton Thompson, Carolyn McCormick and Leslie Hendrix, he is one of only five actors to play the same character (Detective Lennie Briscoe) on all four New York City-based "Law & Order" series: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
25On Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005), when he was so ill that he couldn't speak above a whisper, they rewrote the scene so that he and the other characters around him all had reason to whisper (outside of a courtroom door).
26He appeared in episodes of three different series with Richard Belzer: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).
27He appeared in episodes of three different series with Jesse L. Martin: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001).
28Received the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence at the 1999 Lucille Lortel Awards.
29His father, Leon Orbach, was a German Jewish immigrant, who was born in Hamburg, Germany. His mother, Emily (Olexy), was born in Pennsylvania, to immigrant Polish-Lithuanian Catholic parents, Alexander Olexy and Susanna (Klauba).
30Had been battling prostate cancer for 10 years.
31He played the same character (Detective Lennie Briscoe) in five different television series: Law & Order (1990), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
32His manager, Robert Malcolm, announced in December 2004 that he has prostate cancer. However, Malcolm said, "We expect he'll be fine. He's been playing golf, shooting his episodes (of Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)) and doing real well".
33The New York Landmark Conservancy declared him a Living Landmark.
34In 1969, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) for his 1968 role of Chuck Baxter in the Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical "Promises, Promises", a stage adaptation of Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960). This was preceded by a 1965 Tony nomination as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Guys and Dolls," and followed by a 1976 Best Actor (Musical) nomination for the original production of "Chicago."
35Announced on March 26, 2004, that he would be leaving Law & Order (1990) after 12 years on the series.
36In 1976, he was nominated for the Tony Award® for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his performance in "Chicago."
37Had read for the roles of Max Greevey and Phil Cerreta on Law & Order (1990) before finally being cast as Det. Lennie Briscoe.
38Worked as a chauffeur for Mae West.
39He was an only child.
40Was partying at the Copacabana with famed New York mobster Joey Gallo hours before Gallo was shot dead at Umberto's Clam House in New York City
41Father of Chris Orbach and Anthony Orbach.
42Created the roles of El Gallo in "The Fantasticks," Billy Flynn in "Chicago" and Julian Marsh in "42nd Street" on the New York stage.
43Spent part of his childhood in Nanticoke, PA.
44On Monday, 20th March 2000 he sued online auctioneer eBay Inc. in Manhattan (New York) Federal Court for displaying his Social Security number on the Internet. The suit alleges that eBay began broadcasting the confidential information on its website on Wednesday, March 15, 2000, when it advertised the sale of two of Orbach's contracts from 1958.

#Quote
1When I first began in this business I was doing a lot of musical theater but the problem was that people wouldn't hire me outside of that. I wasn't being taken seriously as an actor so I started taking more dramatic roles and serious acting jobs and eventually it got to the point where people were saying, "I really like his stuff. Does he sing?"
2It may sound a little off the wall to say this, but having the opportunity to do this in this long an arc has given me - and is continuing to give me - a feeling that I'm doing something for the city and for the people of it and for the cops. I see it every day on the street. The profile of Law & Order (1990) has gotten bigger and bigger. And the way the city feels about us . . . it's like we're part of the good things that happen in the city.
3[on working on Law & Order (1990)] It's a lot more fun for actors to cry and rant and rave, or have a drug problem or a drinking problem. Once in a while I get jealous of people who get to do real histrionics. But that's all right. That stuff's only about awards. It's not about people watching. People are very loyal to our show and they want to see the case resolved in an hour.
4I used to say when I was working in the theater that if I ever had five seasons of a hit TV show I'd never have to worry about money and wouldn't have to do anything I didn't want to do . . . The 12 seasons on Law & Order (1990) really made that possible.

#Trademark
1Best known for his role as Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order (1990) (as well as several spin-offs)

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