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Jerry OrbachBirth Name:
Jerome Bernard OrbachDate Of Birth:
October 20, 1935 (Age 69)Country Of Birth:
Bronx, New YorkDate Of Death:
December 28, 2004Cause Of Death:
Jerry Orbach is best known for his role as Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. He also starred in movies like Dirty Dancing and has performed on Broadway. He died in December 2004 of Prostate Cancer, something he had hid from the cast of Law & Order for over a decade.
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Trivia His son, Chris Orbach, played his nephew, Detective Ken Briscoe, in several episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit".
The two episodes of "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" in which he appeared where his final acting role before his death on December 28, 2004.
He appeared in 278 episodes of "Law & Order", more than anyone except S. Epatha Merkerson and Sam Waterston.
Actor Jerry Ohrbach, in 1960, was the first to play El Gallo in the hit musical "The Fantasticks", which played at New York City's famous off-Broadway theater, Circle in the Square (located in Greenwich Village).
Jerry Ohrbach was a winner on celebrity Jeopardy!
Jerry Ohrbach sang the hit-song, Try to Remember, from his 1960 performances in the off-Broadway play, The Fantasticks, at the White House.
Jerry Orbach Quotes
Jerry Ohrbach to interviewer Michael Buckley of Playbill Magazine, December, 2004, on becoming an actor:
"It was never a decision that I made at a certain point. When I was nine years old, they picked me for the leading role in the school play. I was in the choir, and they sent me down to the University of Illinois for a singing contest, and I won a gold medal. It went on and on. I think I always knew I was going to be a performer."
Final line before leaving Law & Order:
"It's nice to go out on a win."