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Jerome Bernard Orbach

Hebrew: ג'רום ברנרד אורבך
Also Known As: "Jerry"
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Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: December 28, 2004 (69)
New York, New York, United States (מחלת הסרטן Disease Cancer)
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Son of Leon Orbach and Emily C Orbach
Husband of Elaine Orbach
Ex-husband of Marta Orbach
Father of Private and Private

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Jerry Orbach From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jerry Orbach Jerry Orbach 1965 press photo.JPG Orbach in a 1965 publicity photo Born Jerome Bernard Orbach October 20, 1935 Bronx, New York, U.S. Died December 28, 2004 (aged 69) New York, New York, U.S. Cause of death Prostate cancer Resting place Trinity Church Cemetery, Manhattan, New York, USA Occupation Actor, singer Years active 1955–2004 Spouse(s) Marta Curro (1958–1975; divorced; 2 children) Elaine Cancilla (1979–2004; his death) Children Anthony Nicholas Christopher Benjamin Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach (October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004) was an American actor and singer, described at the time of his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on television"[1] and a "versatile stage and film actor".[2]

Orbach's professional career began on the New York stage, both on and off-Broadway, where he created roles such as El Gallo in the original off-Broadway run of The Fantasticks (1960) and became the first performer to sing that show's standard "Try To Remember";[3] Billy Flynn in the original Chicago (1975–1977), and Julian Marsh in the original 42nd Street (1980–1985). Nominated for multiple Tony Awards, Orbach won for his performance as Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises (1968–1972).[4]

Later in his career, Orbach played supporting roles in films such as Prince of the City (1981), Dirty Dancing (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991).[3] He also made frequent guest appearances on television; including a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote (1985–1991) as private detective Harry McGraw. However, he gained worldwide fame for his starring role as NYPD Detective Lennie Briscoe on the long-running NBC crime drama Law & Order (1992–2004).[5]

Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Honors 5.1 From others 6 Filmography 6.1 Stage 6.2 Film 6.3 Television 6.4 Video games 7 Books 8 References 9 External links Early life[edit] Orbach was born on October 20, 1935, in the Bronx, the only child of Emily (née Olexy), a greeting card manufacturer and radio singer, and Leon Orbach, a restaurant manager and vaudeville performer.[6] His father was a Sephardic Jewish immigrant from Hamburg, Germany.Orbach stated that his father was descended from Sephardic refugees from the Spanish Inquisition[6][7] His mother, a native of Pennsylvania, was a Roman Catholic of Polish-Lithuanian descent, and Orbach was raised in her faith (a religious background later replicated in his character on Law & Order).[8][9][10]

Throughout his childhood, the Orbach family moved frequently, living in Mount Vernon, New York; Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke, and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Waukegan, Illinois. Orbach attended Waukegan High School in Illinois and graduated in 1952 (having skipped two grades in elementary school due to his high IQ[3]).[11][1] He played on the football team and began learning acting in a speech class.[12] The summer after graduating from high school, Orbach worked at the theatre of Chevy Chase Country Club of Wheeling, Illinois, and enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall. In 1953, Orbach returned to the Chicago area and enrolled at Northwestern University. Orbach left Northwestern before his senior year and moved to New York City in 1955 to pursue acting and to study at the Actors Studio, where one of his instructors was the studio's founder, Lee Strasberg.[12]

Career[edit]

Orbach (right) as Billy Flynn in the original 1975 Broadway production of Chicago Orbach was an accomplished Broadway and off-Broadway actor. His first major role was El Gallo in the original 1960 cast of the decades-running hit The Fantasticks, and Orbach became the first to perform the show's signature song and pop standard "Try To Remember".[13] He also starred in The Threepenny Opera, Carnival!, the musical version of the movie Lili (his Broadway debut), in a revival of Guys and Dolls (as Sky Masterson, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), Promises, Promises (as Chuck Baxter, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical), the original productions of Chicago (as Billy Flynn, receiving another Tony Award nomination), 42nd Street, and a revival of The Cradle Will Rock. Orbach made occasional film and TV appearances into the 1970s and appeared as a celebrity panelist on both What's My Line? and Super Password.

In the 1980s, Orbach shifted to film and TV work full-time. Prominent roles included a superb performance as tough, effective, but "allegedly corrupt" NYPD narcotics detective Gus Levy in Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City; he was the 1981 runner-up for the NSFC Best Supporting Actor award. He also portrayed gangsters in both the action-thriller F/X and the Woody Allen drama Crimes and Misdemeanors (the latter of which also featured his future Law & Order co-star Sam Waterston). In 1985, Orbach became a regular guest star on Murder, She Wrote as private detective Harry McGraw, which led to him starring in the short-lived spin-off series The Law & Harry McGraw. In 1987, he was featured in the hit film Dirty Dancing as Dr. Jake Houseman, the father of Jennifer Grey's character "Baby". He also made further TV appearances on popular shows such as The Golden Girls (for which he received his first Emmy nomination[3]), Who's the Boss?, and Frasier.

Orbach as Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order In 1991, Orbach starred in Disney's Academy Award-winning animated musical Beauty and the Beast, as the voice (both singing and speaking) of the French-accented candelabrum Lumière, which according to Orbach was played "halfway between Maurice Chevalier and Pepé Le Pew".[3] At the 64th Academy Awards, Orbach performed a live-action stage rendition of the Oscar-nominated song, "Be Our Guest", that he sang in Beauty and the Beast.[14][15] He later reprised his voice role of Lumière for the film's direct-to-video sequels, multiple episodes of Disney's House of Mouse, and the previously-deleted song ("Human Again") that was added to the Beauty and the Beast 2002 IMAX re-release.[16][17] In 1992, Orbach joined the main ensemble cast of Law & Order as the world-weary, wisecracking, streetwise NYPD homicide detective Lennie Briscoe. He had previously guest-starred as a defense attorney on the series, and was subsequently cast as the new "senior detective" following Paul Sorvino's departure.[5] Orbach's portrayal of Detective Briscoe was based on his similar role from Prince of the City years before, which Law & Order creator Dick Wolf had personally suggested to him at the time of his casting.[3]

Orbach starred on Law & Order for 12 years, ultimately becoming the third longest-serving main cast member (behind S. Epatha Merkerson and Sam Waterston) in the show's 20-year-run history, as well as one of its most popular.[18] During Orbach's tenure on Law & Order, the series won the 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series among other accolades, made multiple crossover episodes with fellow NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, and spawned a franchise that included the TV film Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, the spin-off series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (both of which featured Orbach in guest appearances), and three video games. Orbach himself was nominated for a 2000 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (losing to James Gandolfini for The Sopranos). TV Guide named Lennie Briscoe one of their top-25 greatest television detectives of all time.[19] Also during his time on Law & Order, Orbach co-starred with Al Pacino in the independent film Chinese Coffee, which was filmed in the summer of 1997 and released three years later.[3]

Personal life[edit] Orbach was married in 1958 to Marta Curro, with whom he had two sons, Anthony Nicholas and Christopher Benjamin; they divorced in 1975. Elder son Tony is a crossword puzzle constructor for The New York Times and also guest starred on the Law & Order episode "Doubles" as a reporter. Younger son Chris Orbach, who is an actor and singer, played Lennie Briscoe's nephew Ken Briscoe during the first season of Special Victims Unit. In 1979, Jerry Orbach married Broadway dancer Elaine Cancilla, whom he met while starring in Chicago.

Orbach lived in a high-rise on 53rd Street off Eighth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen and was a fixture in that neighborhood's restaurants and shops.[1] His glossy publicity photo hangs in Ms. Buffy's French Cleaners, and he was a regular at some of the Italian restaurants nearby. As of 2007, the intersection of 8th Avenue and 53rd Street was renamed in honor of Orbach. The plans met with some resistance by local planning boards, but were overcome thanks to his popularity and his love of the Big Apple.[20]

Death[edit] In January 1994 (less than two years into his stint on Law & Order), Orbach was diagnosed with prostate cancer.[3] He initially received radiation therapy as treatment, but by December 1994, the cancer had returned and metastasized; at that point, he went on hormone therapy, on which he remained over the next decade until the treatment ran out in March 2004.[3] Following his departure from Law & Order that year, Orbach went through chemotherapy, but he ultimately succumbed to his cancer on December 28, 2004, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (at age 69).[2] Despite being diagnosed with the cancer more than a decade before his death, Orbach's illness was not revealed to the general public until just weeks before he died.[21] Prior to his death, Orbach was signed to continue in the role of Lennie Briscoe on the new spin-off Law & Order: Trial by Jury (which was to accommodate his illness by giving him a lighter workload than he had on the original series), but he was only featured in the first two episodes of the series (both of which aired in March 2005, after his death).[3]

The day after Orbach's death, the marquees on Broadway were dimmed in mourning, one of the highest honors of the American theatre world,[3] while NBC re-aired the Law & Order episode "C.O.D." (the last episode of the original series to feature Orbach) in honor of him. The Criminal Intent episode "View from Up Here" and the Trial by Jury episode "Baby Boom"[3] were dedicated to Orbach, and the Law & Order episode "Mammon" featured a pictorial memorial of him.

In addition to his sons, wife, and former wife, Orbach was survived by his mother and two grandchildren, Peter and Sarah Kate Orbach, children of his older son Tony. His mother died on July 28, 2012, at the age of 101.[22] His wife Elaine died in 2009 (at age 69), and his former wife Marta died in 2012 (at age 79). Having had perfect 20/20 vision his whole life, Jerry Orbach requested that his eyes be donated after his death.[3] His wish was granted when two individuals – one who needed correction for a nearsighted eye and another who needed correction for a farsighted eye – received Orbach's corneas. His likeness has been used in an ad campaign for Eye Bank for Sight Restoration in Manhattan. The interment of his remains was at Trinity Church Cemetery.[3]

Honors[edit] In addition to his Tony Award and nominations, Jerry Orbach is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1999.[23] In 2002, Orbach was named a "Living Landmark" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with his Law & Order co-star Sam Waterston.[24] Orbach quipped that the honor meant "that they can't tear me down."[9]

On February 5, 2005, he was posthumously awarded a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his longtime role on Law & Order.[25]

On September 18, 2007, a portion of New York City's 53rd Street near Eighth Avenue was renamed 'Jerry Orbach Way' in his honor.[26]

Also in 2007, the Jerry Orbach Theatre was named for him in the Snapple Theater Center at 50th Street and Broadway in New York City. The naming occurred as a tribute to him during a revival of The Fantasticks at the theatre.

From others[edit] After Law & Order was cancelled in 2010, executive producer René Balcer was quoted by the Wall Street Journal; "I always think about the show as before Jerry and after Jerry... You saw the weariness of 25 years of crime-fighting in New York written on his face."[27]

Author Kurt Vonnegut was a fan of Orbach, and during an Australian radio interview in 2005, he said, "People have asked me, you know, 'Who would you rather be, than yourself?'," and he replied "Jerry Orbach, without a question... I talked to him one time, and he's adorable."[28]

New York Times writers Ben Brantley and Richard Servero analyzed the breadth and scope of Orbach's career:

Whether singing "Try to Remember" as the dashing narrator of "The Fantasticks" in 1960 or trading barbs with fellow detectives and reluctant witnesses on television in recent years, Mr. Orbach exuded a wry, ragged masculinity that was all his own. As a star of musicals, he created a new kind of hero who was leagues away from suave, swaggering Adonises like John Raitt, Howard Keel, and Alfred Drake... And he flourished at a time when the Broadway musical hero was fast becoming an endangered species... His rough-edged individuality may account for his endurance on the Broadway stage in an era when other promising musical actors - including Larry Kert, Robert Goulet, and Robert Morse - proved unable to follow through on their breakthrough successes. Mr. Orbach may have been the last of a breed: no male star since has matched the breadth and continuity of his career in musicals... It wasn't until the 1990s, when he started appearing as Lennie Briscoe in "Law & Order," that Mr. Orbach became a familiar name throughout the country. The rough edge that distinguished him on Broadway eased his transition to character roles like Briscoe, the recovered alcoholic who seemed to greet the discovery of each episode's crime with a world-weary shrug.[1]

Dirty Dancing co-star Patrick Swayze memorialized Orbach after his death:

Jerry Orbach has been one of the most successful actors who ever lived to make that transition from musical theatre into real, organic, break-your-heart kinds of reality in his work as a film actor, but transition back and forth seamlessly... it was a very interesting time for me, when I was shooting Dirty Dancing, I think probably the eyes I trusted if I was real, and it worked, and I had nailed it, [were] Jerry Orbach's eyes. I would go over to him and under my breath "What did you think?" and he goes "No, go there further, I think there's more you can get." He would say little things like "courage", and it gives me goosebumps to say that. I really, really respected that man. I watched his career from the time I was little. I think it was a great loss when he passed.[29]

Filmography[edit] Stage[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1955–1961 The Threepenny Opera Streetsinger, Smith and Macheath 1960 The Fantasticks El Gallo 1961–1963 Carnival! Paul the Pupetteer 1964 The Cradle Will Rock Larry Foreman 1965 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical 1965 Carousel Jigger Craigin 1966 Annie Get Your Gun Charlie Davenport 1967 The Natural Look Malcolm 1967 Scuba Duba Harold Wonder 1968–1972 Promises, Promises Chuck Baxter Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical 1972–1973 6 Rms Riv Vu Paul Friedman 1975–1977 Chicago Billy Flynn Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical 1980–1985 42nd Street Julian Marsh Nominated - Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical Film[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1955 Guys and Dolls Barbershop extra Uncredited 1955 Marty Ballroom extra Uncredited 1958 Cop Hater Gang Leader- "Mumzer" 1961 Mad Dog Coll Joe Clegg 1964 Ensign Pulver Unknown 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Pinkerton 1971 The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Kid Sally 1972 A Fan's Notes Fred 1975 Fore Play Jerry Lorsey 1977 The Sentinel Michael Dayton 1981 Underground Aces Herbert Penlittle 1981 Prince of the City Det. Gus Levy Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place) Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place) 1985 Brewster's Millions Charlie Pegler 1986 The Imagemaker Byron Caine 1986 F/X Nicolas DeFranco 1987 Dirty Dancing Dr. Jake Houseman 1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Lt. Garber 1987 I Love N.Y. Leo 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Boyce 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Jack Rosenthal 1991 Dead Women in Lingerie Bartoli 1991 California Casanova Constantin Rominoffski 1991 Out for Justice Capt. Ronnie Dozinger 1991 Toy Soldiers Albert Trotta Uncredited 1991 Delusion Larry 1991 Delirious Lou Sherwood 1991 Beauty and the Beast Lumière (voice) 1992 A Gnome Named Gnorm Unknown 1992 Straight Talk Milo Jacoby 1992 Universal Soldier Dr. Christopher Gregor 1992 Mr. Saturday Night Phil Gussman 1993 The Cemetery Club Unknown Uncredited 1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Sa'luk (voice) Direct-to-video 1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Lumière (voice) Direct-to-video 1998 Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World Lumière (voice) Direct-to-video 1999 Temps Announcer 2000 The Acting Class Unknown 2000 Chinese Coffee Jake Manheim 2000 Prince of Central Park Businessmes 2002 Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition Lumière (voice) IMAX release 2002 Manna from Heaven Waltz Contest Announcer 2003 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Himself 2003 Try to Remember: The Fantasticks Himself 2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic Lumière (voice) Short film 2004 Protesters Police Investigator Television[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life Cristoff Television film 1967 Annie Get Your Gun Charles Davenport Television film 1973 Love, American Style Homer Episode: "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey" 1975 Medical Center Josh Episode: "The Captives" 1975 Kojak Brubaker Episode: "A Question of Answers" 1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Lars Mangros Episode: "Space Rockers" 1983 The Magic of Herself the Elf King Thorn (voice) Television film 1983 An Invasion of Privacy Sam Bianchi Television film 1985 Our Family Honor Brian Merrick 2 episodes 1985–1991 Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 6 episodes 1986 Dream West Capt. John Stutter Television film 1986 The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Zachary Foxx (voice) 7 episodes 1987 Tales from the Darkside Robert Episode: "Everybody Needs a Little Love" 1987 Out on a Limb Mort Viner Television film 1987 Love Among Thieves Spicer Television film 1987–1988 The Law & Harry McGraw Harry McGraw 16 episodes 1988 Simon & Simon Harrison/Malcolm Stanley III Episode: "Ain't Gonna Get It From Me, Jack" 1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Blaine Counter Television film 1989 The Flamingo Kid Phil Brody 1990 Hunter Sal Scarlatti Episode: "Son and Heir" 1990 The Golden Girls Glen O'Brien Episode: "Cheaters" Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 1990 Who's the Boss? Nick Episode: "Starlight Memories" 1990 Kojak: None So Blind Tony Salducci Television film 1990 In Defense of a Married Man Alan Michaelson Television film 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Vic St. John Television film 1991 Law & Order Frank Lehrmann Episode: "The Wages of Love" 1992 Empty Nest Arthur 2 episodes 1992 Neil Simon's Broadway Bound Jack Jerome Television film Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 1992 Quiet Killer Dr. Vincent Califano Television film 1992 Mastergate Clifton Byers Television film 1992–2004 Law & Order Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe 273 episodes Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (posthumously) Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995-2004) Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1998-2000) 1996 Frasier Mitch Episode: "High Crane Drifter" 1996–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Lennie Briscoe 3 episodes 1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Det. Lennie Briscoe Television film 1999–2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Lennie Briscoe 3 episodes 2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Lennie Briscoe Episode: "Poison" 2001–2002 Disney's House of Mouse Lumière (voice) 9 episodes 2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe 2 episodes Video games[edit] Year Title Role 2002 Law & Order: Dead on the Money Det. Lennie Briscoe 2003 Law & Order: Double or Nothing Det. Lennie Briscoe 2004 Law & Order: Justice is Served Det. Lennie Briscoe Books[edit] His love poems to his wife Elaine were published in Remember How I Love You: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage (Touchstone, 2009).[30] Another biography, Jerry Orbach, Prince of the City: His Way From The Fantasticks to Law & Order by John Anthony Gilvey, was published on May 1, 2011.[3]

References[edit] ^ Jump up to: a b c d Brantley, Ben; Severo, Richard (December 29, 2004). "Jerry Orbach, Star of 'Law & Order', Dies at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2013. ^ Jump up to: a b Bernstein, Adam (December 30, 2004). "'Law & Order' Star Jerry Orbach Dies at 69". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2014. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Gilvey, John Anthony (May 1, 2011). Jerry Orbach: Prince of the City - His Way From The Fantastiks to Law & Order. Milwaukee, Wisc.: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 978-1-42348-845-3. Jump up ^ Jones, Kenneth (2004), Tony-Winner Jerry Orbach Is Dead at 69, Playbill, retrieved July 12, 2014 ^ Jump up to: a b "'Law & Order' Star Jerry Orbach Dies". Today - Pop Culture newsletter. Associated Press. December 29, 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2016. ^ Jump up to: a b "Jerry Orbach - Biography". filmreference.com. Advameg. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ Brady, James (February 27, 1994), "In Step With...Jerry Orbach", Parade Magazine, p. 26. Jump up ^ Horwitz, Simi (February 28, 1993). "Jerry Orbach; His Law & Order' Role Fits Him Like a Glove". The Washington Post. Reprinted in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on April 7, 1993 as "Orbach Gives Law & Order Seedy Side" and Bangor Daily News on March 6, 1993 as "Orbach likes new role as cynical cop." ^ Jump up to: a b Hiltbrand, David (January 4, 2004). "Jerry Orbach Gets His Due on the Sidewalks of New York". The Boston Globe. Knight Ridder. Retrieved April 12, 2013. Jump up ^ Gilvey (2011), p. 4. Jump up ^ Thompson, Lorraine (December 31, 2004). "Local Woman Went to School With Actor". St. Augustine Record. Retrieved April 12, 2013. ^ Jump up to: a b "Jerry Orbach". biography.com. A&E Networks. Retrieved April 12, 2013. Jump up ^ McLellan, Dennis (December 30, 2004). "Jerry Orbach, 69; Actor Portrayed Det. Briscoe on TV's "Law & Order"". Los Angeles Times. Jump up ^ "The 64th Annual Academy Awards". Hollywood.com. Hollywood.com, L.L.C. Retrieved April 22, 2014. Jump up ^ "Jerry Orbach — Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2014. Jump up ^ Ghez, Didier (May 1, 2010). "Walt's People: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him". ISBN 9781450087476. Jump up ^ Tracy, Joe. "Digital Media FX Review of Beauty and the Beast Special Edition (IMAX)". digitalmediafx.com. Digital Media FX Review of Beauty and the Beast Special Edition. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ Missing You Already, Punk. Sydney Morning Herald. October 7, 2004. Jump up ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 218. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. Jump up ^ McGeehan, Patrick (March 7, 2007). "Jerry Orbach Was a Marquee Name, but a Street Sign's Another Story". New York Times. p. B1. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (December 2, 2004). "Jerry Orbach Battling Prostate Cancer". People. Time. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ Obituary for Emily Orbach, New York Times; accessed January 16, 2014 at legacy.com archive online. Jump up ^ "On Stage: New Class of Theater Hall of Famers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 13, 2014. Jump up ^ "Living Landmarks Celebration - Living Landmarks Honoree List". nylandmarks.org. New York Landmarks Conservancy. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ "Press Release — Screen Actors Guild Honors Outstanding Film and Television Peformances in 13 Categories at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". sagawards.org/. Screen Actors Guild. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ McGeehan, Patrick (September 18, 2007). "Manhattan: Street Naming". New York Times. p. B8. Retrieved 14 November 2016. Jump up ^ Chosick, Amy and Gamerman, Ellen."'Law & Order' School of Drama". The Wall Street Journal. May 21, 2010. Jump up ^ October 6, 2005. Kurt Vonnegut interviewed on ABC Radio National Audio by Phillip Adams. Available on the Slaughterhouse-Five Region 4 DVD, released by Umbrella Entertainment Pty Ltd in 2007. Jump up ^ You Tube video. Patrick Swayze Talks About Working With Jerry Orbach. American Film Institute. Jump up ^ Orbach, Jerry; Orbach, Elaine (November 3, 2009). Remember How I Love You: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage. New York, N.Y.: Touchstone. ISBN 978-1-4391-4988-1. 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Jerry Orbach Biography Showing all 57 items Jump to: Overview (4) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (2) | Trade Mark (1) | Trivia (44) | Personal Quotes (5) Overview (4) Date of Birth 20 October 1935, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 28 December 2004, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (prostate cancer) Birth Name Jerome Bernard Orbach Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m) Mini Bio (1) Jerry was born in the Bronx. His father, Leon, was a former vaudevillian actor, and his mother, Emily, was a radio singer. His family moved frequently and eventually settled in Waukegan, Illinois where he went to high school. The constant moving made him the new kid on the block and forced him to become "a chameleon" to blend in his new settings. He studied drama at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern. He then went to study acting in New York and got constant work in musicals. He slowly pushed to get acting roles in tv and movies, but was frequently overlooked because of his musical roots. - IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (2) Elaine Cancilla (7 October 1979 - 28 December 2004) (his death) Marta Curro (21 June 1958 - 1975) (divorced) (2 children) Trade Mark (1) Best known for his role as Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order (1990) (as well as several spin-offs) Trivia (44) On 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. Spent part of his childhood in Nanticoke, PA. Created the roles of El Gallo in "The Fantasticks," Billy Flynn in "Chicago" and Julian Marsh in "42nd Street" on the New York stage. Father of Chris Orbach and Anthony Orbach. Was 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 He was an only child. Worked as a chauffeur for Mae West. Had read for the roles of Max Greevey and Phil Cerreta on Law & Order (1990) before finally being cast as Det. Lennie Briscoe. In 1976, he was nominated for the Tony Award® for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his performance in "Chicago." Announced on March 26, 2004, that he would be leaving Law & Order (1990) after 12 years on the series. In 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 Ha'dira (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." The New York Landmark Conservancy declared him a Living Landmark. His 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". He 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). Had been battling prostate cancer for 10 years. His 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). Received the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence at the 1999 Lucille Lortel Awards. He 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). He 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). On 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). Along 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). He 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). Jesse 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". Played the uncle of his real-life son, Chris Orbach, in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). His 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. Before 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." The 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". Is 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. Along 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). According 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. Along 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. Was an organ donor and upon his death he gave his eyes as a gift of sight. Made his Broadway stage debut as Smith, the Police Constable, in "The Threepenny Opera". W 53rd St. in Manhattan has been named Jerry Orbach Way!. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 405-407. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007. Jerry Orbach was an animal-rights activist. His widow Elaine Orbach died on April 1st 2009 from pneumonia at the age of 69. In 2007 Jerry's oldest son Tony and grandson Peter appeared on the tv-show Cash Cab together. He 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. His mother Emily Orbach died on July 28, 2012 at the age of 101. He appeared in 274 episodes of Law & Order (1990), more than anyone else except for S. Epatha Merkerson and Sam Waterston. Cousin of Ron Orbach. Left behind an estimated estate of $10,000,000. Jerry went to a New York acting school (Lee Strasberg - Actor's Studio) with fellow aspiring student, Marilyn Monroe. Personal Quotes (5) I 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. [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. It 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. When 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?" [on why he decided to join the cast of Law & Order] Back in the early 60s my pal David Janssen was doing The Fugitive (1963). He used to come home eight, nine o'clock at night, having gotten up at five in the morning, have one drink and boom! He'd fall asleep on the couch and we'd carry him to bed. I told myself, 'I will never do an hour drama. It's just too hard.' But then, as you get older...

About ג'רי אורבך (עברית)

ג'רי אורבך Gnome-colors-emblem-development-2.svg הערך נמצא בשלבי עבודה: כדי למנוע התנגשויות עריכה ועבודה כפולה אתם מתבקשים שלא לערוך ערך זה בטרם תוסר הודעה זו, אלא אם כן תיאמתם זאת עם מניחי התבנית. אם הדף לא נערך במשך שבוע ניתן להסיר את התבנית ולערוך אותו, אך רצוי לתת קודם תזכורת בדף שיחת הכותבים. שיחה ג'רי אורבך Jerry Orbach 1965 press photo.JPG ג'רי אורבך בשנת 1965 תאריך לידה 20 באוקטובר 1935 מקום לידה הברונקס, ניו יורק, ארצות הברית תאריך פטירה 28 בדצמבר 2004 (בגיל 69) מקום פטירה ניו יורק, ארצות הברית שנות הפעילות 2004 - 1955 פרסים פרס גילדת שחקני המסך פרס טוני דמות ידועה לני בריסקו ("חוק וסדר") לומייר (היפה והחיה) שפה מועדפת אנגלית פרופיל ב-IMDb לעריכה בוויקינתונים שמשמש מקור לחלק מהמידע בתבנית ג'רום ברנרד "ג'רי" אורבך (באנגלית: Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach; ‏20 באוקטובר 1935 - 28 בדצמבר 2004) היה שחקן וזמר אמריקאי, זוכה פרס טוני ופרס גילדת שחקני המסך, עם קריירה שהשתרעה על פני חמישה עשורים בתיאטרון, בקולנוע ובטלוויזיה. נודע בעיקר בזכות גילום דמותו של הבלש הניו יורקי לני בריסקו בסדרת הטלוויזיה "חוק וסדר".

תוכן עניינים [%D7%94%D7%A1%D7%AA%D7%A8%D7%94] 1 ביוגרפיה 1.1 השנים הראשונות 1.2 קריירה 1.3 חייו האישיים 1.4 מותו 2 פילמוגרפיה נבחרת 2.1 קולנוע 2.2 טלוויזיה 2.2.1 תפקידי אורח בולטים 3 קישורים חיצוניים ביוגרפיה[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] השנים הראשונות[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] אורבך נולד ברובע הברונקס בניו יורק, בנם היחיד של אמילי, יצרנית כרטיסי ברכה וזמרת, ולאון אורבך, מנהל מסעדה ואמן וודוויל. אביו היה מהגר יהודי מהמבורג. אמו, ילידת פנסילבניה, הייתה קתולית ממוצא פולני-ליטאי. במהלך ילדותו, המשפחה החליפה מקום מגורים לעתים קרובות וגרה במאונט ורנון (ניו יורק), סקרנטון (פנסילבניה), ספרינגפילד (מסצ'וסטס) וווקיגן (אילינוי), שם למד אורבך בבית הספר התיכון. הוא סיים את לימודיו בשנת 1952, לאחר שקפץ שתי כיתות בבית הספר היסודי בשל מנת המשכל הגבוהה שלו. ב-1953 החל ללמוד באוניברסיטת נורת'ווסטרן. ב-1955, בטרם השלים את לימודיו, עזב את האוניברסיטה ועבר לגור בניו יורק, כדי לממש את חלומו להיות שחקן וכדי ללמוד באולפן השחקנים, שם אחד ממוריו היה לי סטרסברג, ממייסדי האולפן.

קריירה[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] חייו האישיים[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] בשנת 1958 נשא אורבך לאישה את מרתה קורו, ולשניים נולדו שני בנים: טוני וכריסטופר. טוני מחבר תשבצים עבור הניו יורק טיימס וכן הופיע בתפקיד אורח, בתור כתב, באחד מפרקי הסדרה "חוק וסדר". כריסטופר הוא שחקן וזמר, ובמהלך העונה הראשונה של הסדרה "חוק וסדר: מדור מיוחד" הוא גילם את אחיינו של לני בריסקו, קן בריסקו. בשנת 1979 אורבך נשא לאישה את איליין קנסילה, רקדנית בברודוויי אותה הכיר כשכיכב במחזמר "שיקגו".

אורבך התגורר בבניין רב קומות במנהטן, בצומת של רחוב 53 והשדרה השמינית, והיה אורח קבוע בחנויות ובמסעדות באזור, בעיקר במסעדות האיטלקיות. לאחר מותו, בשנת 2007, ההצטלבות של השדרה השמינית עם רחוב 53 נקראה על שמו.

מותו[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] פילמוגרפיה נבחרת[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] קולנוע[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] כנופיית העקומים (1971) נסיך העיר (1981) הבזבוז הגדול (1985) תעלול קטלני (1986) ריקוד מושחת (1987) זר שומר עליי (1987) ברוקלין, תחנה אחרונה (1989) פשעים ועבירות קלות (1989) סוגר חשבון (1991) חולם בהקיץ (1991) היפה והחיה (1991, דיבוב) קו פתוח (1992) חייל אוניברסלי (1992) מר מוצ"ש (1992) אלאדין ומלך הגנבים (1996, דיבוב) היפה והחיה 2: חורף קסום (1997, דיבוב) היפה והחיה: עולמה הקסום של בל (1998, דיבוב) קפה סיני (2000) טלוויזיה[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] החוק והארי מק'גרו (1987-1988) חוק וסדר (1992-2004) תפקידי אורח בולטים[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] קוז'אק (פרק אחד, 1975) באק רוג'רס (פרק אחד, 1980) רצח במשיכת קולמוס (6 פרקים, 1985-1991) סיפורים מהצד האפל (פרק אחד, 1987) סיימון וסיימון (פרק אחד, 1988) בנות הזהב (פרק אחד, 1990) מי הבוס? (פרק אחד, 1990) קן ריק (2 פרקים, 1992) פרייז'ר (פרק אחד, 1996) רצח מאדום לשחור (3 פרקים, 1996-1999) חוק וסדר: מדור מיוחד (3 פרקים, 1999-2000) חוק וסדר: כוונה פלילית (פרק אחד, 2001) חוק וסדר: משפט וצדק (2 פרקים, 2005) קישורים חיצוניים[%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9B%D7%AA קוד מקור | עריכה] ג'רי אורבך, במסד הנתונים הקולנועיים IMDb (באנגלית) ג'רי אורבך במסד הנתונים IBDB (באנגלית) מאמר הספד על ג'רי אורבך בעיתון "וושינגטון פוסט" (באנגלית) אי.פי, מת כוכב "חוק וסדר" ג'רי אורבך, באתר ynet, 29 בדצמבר 2004 קטגוריות: שחקני קולנוע וטלוויזיה אמריקאיםשחקני תיאטרון אמריקאיםזוכי פרס טוניזוכי פרס גילדת שחקני המסך - שחקנים

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Jerry Orbach's Timeline

1935
October 20, 1935
New York, New York, United States
2004
December 28, 2004
Age 69
New York, New York, United States