Steven Hill

Actor, Real estate agent
Consummate character player who first appeared on Broadway in the short-lived Ben Hecht drama "A Flag Is Born" (1946), opposite Paul Muni and Marlon Brando, and made his film debut in "A Lady Without Passport" (1950). A ... Read more »
Born: 02/23/1922 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Law & Order 1990 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

F Denton Voyles (Actor)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

Otto Berman (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Sol Horowitz (Actor)

Murder, Smoke and Shadows 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

Mr Patterson (Actor)

The Boost 1988 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 (Movie)

Mr Stroheim (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

On Valentine's Day 1986 (Movie)

George Tyler (Actor)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

Lamanski (Actor)

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Walter Rolfe (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Sloan (Actor)

Yentl 1983 (Movie)

Reb Alter Vishkower (Actor)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Lt. Jacobs (Actor)

Rich and Famous 1981 (Movie)

Jules Levi (Actor)

It's My Turn 1980 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 1966 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slender Thread 1964 (Movie)

Mark Dyson (Actor)

A Child Is Waiting 1961 (Movie)

Ted Widdicombe (Actor)

The Goddess 1958 (Movie)

John Tower (Actor)

Storm Fear 1955 (Movie)

Benjie (Actor)

Actors Studio 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

A Lady without Passport (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Between Two Women (TV Show)

Actor

King (TV Show)

Actor

Story of a Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

Where's the Money, Noreen? (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Celebration of Gospel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)

Music

Biography

Consummate character player who first appeared on Broadway in the short-lived Ben Hecht drama "A Flag Is Born" (1946), opposite Paul Muni and Marlon Brando, and made his film debut in "A Lady Without Passport" (1950). A veteran of live TV drama (notably "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" 1958 and "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story" 1960), Hill has specialized in playing figures of moral authority. He played the father of Jill Clayburgh, in "It's My Turn" (1980); Meryl Streep, in "Heartburn" (1986); and Christine Lahti, in "Running on Empty" (1988). The actor excelled as Otto Berman, math wizard and mentor to the title character in "Billy Bathgate" (1991). Hill also spent ten years (1990-2000) as pragmatic D.A. Adam Schiff on the NBC TV series, "Law & Order".

Relationships

Charles Krakovsky

Brother
younger

Milestones

2002

Appeared in a series of TV and print commercials for TD Waterhouse Investor Services

1980

Returned to film in "It's My Turn"

1966

Starred as Daniel Briggs, the original lead in the first season of the TV series "Mission Impossible"

1965

Formed own production company

1950

Feature acting debut, "A Lady Without Passport"

1948

TV acting debut, "Actor's Studio"

1946

Broadway debut as Marlon Brando's understudy (opposite Paul Muni) in Ben Hecht's "A Flag is Born"

Gave up acting; sold real estate, tried to write and went to live in a community of religious Jews in Rockland County NY where he studied the Bible and the psalms of David (date approximate)

Moved to New York to pursue acting career in the 1950s

Starred as D.A. Adam Schiff on dramatic TV series, "Law & Order" (NBC)

Appeared on Broadway in the original productions of "Mr Roberts", "The Country Girl" and as Sigmund Freud in "A Far Country"

Bonus Trivia

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"I really don't seek to be center stage and pursue the spotlight. When the scene is mine, I know it's mine, and I'll play it. But for the most part, I love the give and take between actors. That's where the joy is to me."--Steven Hill on being a character actor in Entertainment Weekly, November 8, 1991.

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