Jerry Orbach

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Jerry Orbach
Birth name Jerome Bernard Orbach
Born October 20, 1935 in New York, New York, USA
Died December 28, 2004 in New York, New York, USA from prostate cancer
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Law & Harry McGraw Harry McGraw 1987–1988 1
Law & Order Lennie Briscoe 1991–2004 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 13 14

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Nurses (1962) Steve Ford 1x31 - Field of Battle May 30, 1963
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Lars Mangros 1x21 - Space Rockers February 21, 1980
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 1x15 - Tough Guys Don't Die February 24, 1985
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 2x17 - One Good Bid Deserves a Murder February 23, 1986
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 3x16 - Death Takes a Dive February 22, 1987
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 5x19 - Double Exposure April 30, 1989
Hunter Sal Scarlatti 6x13 - Son and Heir February 3, 1990
The Golden Girls Glen O'Brien #2 5x22 - Cheaters March 24, 1990
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 7x16 - From the Horse's Mouth February 24, 1991
Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw 7x22 - The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane May 12, 1991
Law & Order Frank Lehrman 2x02 - The Wages of Love September 24, 1991
Empty Nest Arthur 4x16 - The Mismatchmaker February 1, 1992
Empty Nest Arthur 5x04 - ... Or Forever Hold Your Peace October 10, 1992
Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Lennie Briscoe 4x12 - For God and Country (2) February 9, 1996
Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Lennie Briscoe 6x05 - Baby, It's You (2) November 14, 1997
Homicide: Life on the Street Det. Lennie Briscoe 7x15 - Sideshow (2) February 19, 1999
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Lennie Briscoe 1x03 - ...Or Just Look Like One October 4, 1999
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Lennie Briscoe 1x04 - Hysteria October 11, 1999
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Det. Lennie Briscoe 1x15 - Entitled (1) February 18, 2000
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Detective Leonard Briscoe 1x07 - Poison November 11, 2001

Awards and Accolades

Tony Awards

(1 Win in 3 Nominations)

  • Won: Best Leading Actor in a Musical (1969)
Promises, Promises

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2005)
Law & Order

Trivia

  • His mother, Emily was a radio singer and a greeting card manufacturer and his father, Leon was a vaudeville performer and a restaurant manager
  • Because Jerry and his family moved around frequently, he resided in Mount Vernon, New York; Pennsylvania (in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke & Scranton), Springfield, Massachusetts and Waukegan, Illinois
  • Graduated from Waukegan High School in 1952
  • Attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Northwestern University
  • Moved to New York City in 1955 and studied acting at the Actors Studio
  • Was married to Maria Curro from 1958 to 1975; they have two sons: Tony and Chris Orbach, who is an actor
  • Married his second wife, Elaine Cancilla in 1979
  • Was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994
  • Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Was named a "Living Landmark" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2002 (along with his "Law & Order" co-star Sam Waterston)