Jerry Orbach

Actor, Singer
This tall, sleepy-eyed character actor and leading man from the Broadway musical stage who, whether sinister or sympathetic, often was cast in roles that connoted a slightly seedy "New Yorkness," eventually finding ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1935 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

Empty Nest 1991 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1991 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1984 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's House of Mouse 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Encounters With the Unexplained 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hunt 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chinese Coffee 2000 (Movie)

Jake Manheim (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prince of Central Park 2000 (Movie)

Businessman (Actor)

Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

You Be the Judge 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas 1997 (Movie)

of Lumiere (Voice)

Gourmet Getaways With Robin Leach 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 Miss America Pageant 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Aladdin and the King of Thieves 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gnome Named Gnorm 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

Phil Gussman (Actor)

Neil Simon's Broadway Bound 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Quiet Killer 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Milo Jacoby (Actor)

Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

Dr Gregor (Actor)

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

of Lumiere (Voice)

California Casanova 1991 (Movie)

Constantin (Actor)

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Delirious 1991 (Movie)

Lou Sherwood (Actor)

Delusion 1991 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Out for Justice 1991 (Movie)

Detective Ronnie Donziger (Actor)

Toy Soldiers 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Albert Trotta (Actor)

Dead Women in Lingerie 1990 (Movie)

Bartoli (Actor)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

Boyce (Actor)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Jack Rosenthal (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to Broadway: The Shows 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love N.Y. 1988 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Out on a Limb 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Law and Harry McGraw 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

Jake Houseman (Actor)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

Lieutenant Garber (Actor)

F/X 1986 (Movie)

Nicholas DeFranco (Actor)

The Imagemaker 1986 (Movie)

Byron Caine (Actor)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Charley Pegler (Actor)

The Streets 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Plaza Suite 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

Gus Levy (Actor)

The Way They Were 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Film Director (Actor)

Mitzi: A Tribute to the American Housewife 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Foreplay 1973 (Movie)

Lorsey (Actor)

A Fan's Notes 1971 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight 1971 (Movie)

Kid Sally (Actor)

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1963 (Movie)

Pinkerton (Actor)

Mad Dog Coll 1961 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

An Invasion of Privacy (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

In Defense of a Married Man (TV Show)

Actor

Love Among Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

None So Blind (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

This tall, sleepy-eyed character actor and leading man from the Broadway musical stage who, whether sinister or sympathetic, often was cast in roles that connoted a slightly seedy "New Yorkness," eventually finding widespread recognition on television as a cynical police detective on the long-running crime series "Law & Order. "

Relationships

Elaine Orbach

Wife
married on October 7, 1979

Leon Orbach

Father

Marta Orbach

Wife
married on June 21, 1958 divorced in 1975 mother of Orbach's two sons

Emily Orbach

Mother

Anthony Orbach

Son
mother, Marta Orbach

Christopher Orbach

Son
mother, Marta Orbach had recurring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as a nephew of Orbach's character

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Urbana, Illinois 1952 - 1953
stayed one year before transferring to Northwestern

studied acting with Herbert Berghof, Mira Rostova and Lee Strasberg in NYC

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois 1953 - 1955

studied singing with Hazel Schweppe in NYC

Milestones

2004

Was set to reprised his role of Detective Briscoe in the spin-off "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (NBC), before his death in December 2004

1999

Portrayed Detective Briscoe in cross-over appearances on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

1997

Filmed co-starring role in "Chinese Coffee" opposite director-star Al Pacino; movie premiered at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival

1997

Reprised character of Lumiere in the direct-to-video sequel "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas"

1992

Joined the cast of NBC's police drama, "Law & Order", which had already been on the air since 1990, as Detective Lenny Briscoe; earned a 2000 Emmy nomination

1991

Provided the voice of Lumiere, the candelabra, for Disney's animated blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast"

1990

Received Emmy nomination for one-time guest appearance on an episode of the NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls" entitled "The Cheaters"

1989

Had featured role in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1986

Began making recurring guest appearances on the long-running CBS detective series, "Murder, She Wrote", in the role of detective Harry McGraw; would appear occasionally on the series over the next five years

1986

Supplied a voice for the animated children's series, "Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers"

1986

First TV miniseries, "Dream West" (CBS)

1983

First network TV-movie, "An Invasion of Privacy" (CBS)

1982

Starred in HBO adapatation of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite"

1980

Originated the role of Julian Marsh in the smash Broadway musical, "42nd Street", based on the classic Warner Bros. musical film of 1933; played role originated by Warner Baxter

1975

Starred on Broadway opposite Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in the Bob Fosse musical, "Chicago", based on the 1920s play by Maurine Dallas Watkins and the film adaptation "Roxie Hart" (1942), which starred Ginger Rogers; received Tony nomination as Actor in

1970

Returned to films after a seven-year absence to play his first leading role in a feature, "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"

1968

Starred on Broadway in "Promises, Promises", a musical with a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a book by Neil Simon based on the screenplay for the Billy Wilder film, "The Apartment"; received Tony Award as Actor in a Musical

1967

Appeared on TV in the prominent supporting role of Charles Davenport in a performance of the classic Irving Berlin Broadway musical, "Annie, Get Your Gun", with Ethel Merman recreating her original stage role

1965

Received first Tony nomination (in supporting category) for playing Sky Masterson in a revival at New York's City Center of the Frank Loesser musical, "Guys and Dolls"

1964

Last film for seven years, "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home", a zany comedy starring Shirley MacLaine

1961

Made Broadway debut in the musical, "Carnival", produced by David Merrick, directed by Gower Champion and based on the MGM musical "Lili" (1953), which starred Leslie Caron

1961

Earliest TV appearances included a supporting role in the CBS drama special, "Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life", starring Ingrid Bergman and Rip Torn

1960

Created the role of El Gallo in the long-running Off-Broadway musical, "The Fantasticks"

1958

Played first notable film role in "Cop Hater"

1956

Made NYC stage debut at age 21 in a revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's "The Threepenny Opera"; played Mack the Knife

1952

Began acting in summer stock at age 16; made stage debut in a production of the farce, "Room Service"

Moved from the Bronx, New York to Mount Vernon, New York as a child; later moved to Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, Springfield, Massachusetts and Waukegan, Illinois

Played title role in short-lived CBS detective series, "The Law and Harry McGraw", a spin-off from "Murder, She Wrote"

Made cross-over appearances as Briscoe on the NBC drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000

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December 2, 2004, Jerry Orbach was diagnosed with prostate cancer

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