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Jerry Orbach

Détective Lennie Briscoe in Law and Order

Photos Jerry Orbach Birth name: Jerome Bernard Orbach
Birth date: 1935/10/20
Date of death : 2004/12/28 (69 years old)
Birth place : New-York
Height: 1.88 m

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Biography for Jerry Orbach

A only child, son of a comedy teacher and a singer, Jerome Bernard Orbach was born on October 20, 1925, in the Bronx district of New York. In the forties, the Orbach family was fixed in Waukegan, Illinois. He studied dramatic art at the University of Illinois, then at the Northwestern University of Evanston.

In 1955, Jerry Orbach moved to New York where he took the lessons of Lee Strasberg and Herbert Berghof, at Actors Studio. Quickly, in Broadway, he won a role in Bertolt Brecht's "Quat’Sous Opera". In 1958, he began his film career in a low-budget New York film: "Cop Hater" by William A. Berke.

In May 1960, Jerry Orbach created the character of El Gallo, the narrator of the musical "The Fantasticks", on the boards of the Théâtre de la Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York. The play remains one of the most played works across the United States. Tom Jones wrote the lyrics, and the music was composed by Harvey Schmidt. During the sixties, Jerry still interpreted successful musicals: "Carnival" (1961-1963) by Bob Merrill, "Guys and Dolls" (1965) by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and "Annie Get You Gun" (1966 ) Irving Berlin. Meanwhile, it appears in some productions for the small and the big screen.

Subsequently, Jerry Orbach's career remains mainly oriented towards the theater. Still on Broadway, he holds the headliner in "Promises, Promises" (1968-1972) by Neil Simon. For this adapted play from the film "La Boynière" by Billy Wilder, (1960), Jerry wins Haut-la-Main Le Tony Award for best actor in a musical. Years later, Jerry is still at the origin of another great triumph, "Chicago" (1975-1976) by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. At the same time, he turns in several television series and begins to make a name for himself in the cinema in secondary roles, including: "La Sentinelle des mudits" (1976) with Ava Gardner, "Le Prince de New York" (1980) with Treat Williams, "FX, shock effect" (1984) with Bryan Brown and "How to slam a million dollars" (1984) with Richard Pryor.

Jerry Orbach's film career really took off in 1986 when he embodied Jennifer Gray's father in "Dirty Dancing" by Emile Ardolino, followed by: "Last outing for Brooklyn" (1989) by Uli Edel, "Crimes and crimes "(1989) by Woody Allen and" Universal Soldier "(1992) by Roland Emmerich. Its popularity is also largely due to its interpretation of the detective Lennie Briscoe in the very famous series "Law & Order" from 1992 to 2004.

In 2000, Al Pacino chose it to play the main role, by its side, in "Chinese Coffee". This film remains its last big composition for cinema. In the spring of 2004, Jerry Orbach learned that he had prostate cancer. The disease leaves him little respite, he died on December 28 of the same year in Manhattan (New York).

Jerry Orbach was an American actor known for his role in the television series "New York, judicial police" (Law & Order) in which he played the character of Lennie Briscoe. He also appeared in many films and won an Emmy Award in 1996 for his performance in the television series.

Orbach was born on October 20, 1935 in New York, in the Bronx district. He grew up in the Manhattan district and attended the prestigious High School of Music and Art before continuing his studies at the University of Yale, where he graduated in dramatic arts.

At the start of his career, Orbach worked as theater actor, especially in productions from the famous Broadway theater. He has played in many musicals, including "The Fantasticks" and "Promised, Promise", and won a Tony Award in 1969 for his performance in the promised, promised "musical".

Orbach also appeared in many films during his career, notably in "Dirty Dancing" (1987) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1991). His performance in "Dirty Dancing" was particularly noticed and has earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Awards.

Unfortunately, Orbach died on December 28, 2004, at the age of 69, after prostate cancer. His death was largely covered by the media and he was largely considered to be one of the most talented actors of his generation. His contribution to the entertainment industry was greeted by his peers and by fans of his many productions.


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Title Role
Law & Order: Trial by Jury D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe (2 episodes, 2005)
Protesters (2004) (V) Police Investigator in street
Law & Order: Justice Is Served (2004) (VG) (voice) Senior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe
Law & Order Detective Lennie Briscoe / ... (274 episodes, 1991-2004)
Mickey's PhilharMagic (2003) (voice) Lumiere
Law & Order II: Double or Nothing (2003) (VG) (voice) Senior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe
Law & Order: Dead on the Money (2002) (VG) (voice) Senior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe
Manna from Heaven (2002) Waltz Contest Announcer
House of Mouse Lumiere (9 episodes, 2001-2002)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Lennie Briscoe (1 episode, 2001)
Prince of Central Park (2000) Businessman
Chinese Coffee (2000) Jake Manheim
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Lennie Briscoe (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Leonard 'Lennie' Briscoe (3 episodes, 1996-1999)
Temps (1999) Announcer
Exiled (1998) (TV) Detective Lennie Briscoe
Belle's Magical World (1998) (V) (voice) Lumiere
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) (V) (voice) Lumiere
Frasier Mitch (1 episode, 1996)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1995) (V) (voice) Sa'luk
The Cemetery Club (1993) (uncredited)
Mastergate (1992) (TV) Clifton Byers
Empty Nest Arthur (2 episodes, 1992)
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) Phil Gussman
Universal Soldier (1992) Dr. Christopher Gregor
Straight Talk (1992) Milo Jacoby
Quiet Killer (1992) (TV) Dr. Vincent Califano
Broadway Bound (1992) (TV) Jack Jerome
Beauty and the Beast (1991) (voice) Lumiere
Delirious (1991) Lou Sherwood
Delusion (1991) Larry
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw / ... (6 episodes, 1985-1991)
Toy Soldiers (1991) (uncredited) Albert Trotta
Out for Justice (1991) Capt. Ronnie Donziger
California Casanova (1991) Constantin Rominoffski
The American Experience Voice Only (1 episode, 1991)
Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (1991) (TV) Vic St. John
Dead Women in Lingerie (1991) Bartoli
Who's the Boss? Nick (1 episode, 1990)
In Defense of a Married Man (1990) (TV) Alan Michelson
A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990) Stan Walton
Kojak: None So Blind (1990) (TV) Tony Salducci
The Golden Girls Glen O'Brien (1 episode, 1990)
Hunter Sal Scarlatti (1 episode, 1990)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Jack Rosenthal
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) Boyce
The Flamingo Kid (1989) (TV) Phil Brody
Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (1989) (TV) Blaine Counter
Simon & Simon Harrison / ... (1 episode, 1988)
The Law and Harry McGraw Harry McGraw (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987) Lt. Garber
Dirty Dancing (1987) Dr. Jake Houseman
The Hitchhiker Cameron (1 episode, 1987)
I Love N.Y. (1987) Leo
Love Among Thieves (1987) (TV) Spicer
Tales from the Darkside Robert (1 episode, 1987)
Out on a Limb (1987) (TV) Mort Viner
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Zachary Foxx (7 episodes, 1986)
Dream West (1986) TV mini-series Capt. John Sutter
The Imagemaker (1986) Byron Caine
F/X (1986) Nicholas DeFranco
Our Family Honor Brian Merrick (2 episodes, 1985)
Brewster's Millions (1985) Charley Pegler
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) (uncredited) Employee Beverly Palms Hotel
The Streets (1984) (TV) Sgt. Max Grozzo
Ryan's Hope Mr. Brahm (1 episode, 1983)
An Invasion of Privacy (1983) (TV) Sam Bianchi
The Special Magic of Herself the Elf (1983) (TV) (voice) King Thorn
Prince of the City (1981) Gus Levy
Underground Aces (1981) Herbert Penlittle
One Life to Live (1968) TV series Irwin Keyser (unknown episodes, 1980-1981)
Alex and the Doberman Gang (1980) (TV) Rogers
Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Beeker (1 episode, 1980)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Lars Mangros (1 episode, 1980)
The Sentinel (1977) Michael Dayton
Kojak Brubaker (1 episode, 1975)
Fore Play (1975) Jerry Lorsey
Medical Center Josh (1 episode, 1975)
Diana Donald Kirby (1 episode, 1973)
Love, American Style Homer 'Arsenal' Andrews (segment Love and the Hoodwinked Honey) (1 episode, 1973)
A Fan's Notes (1972) Fred
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) Kid Sally
Annie Get Your Gun (1967) (TV) Charles Davenport
The Defenders J.P. Loring (1 episode, 1965)
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) Pinkerton
Camera Three Larry Foreman (1 episode, 1964)
The Doctors and the Nurses Steve Ford (1 episode, 1963)
Mad Dog Coll (1961) Joe
Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (1961) (TV) Cristof
Cop Hater (1958) Gang Leader



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