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Jerry Orbach
Birth: Oct. 20, 1935
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 2004
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Actor. Although he had an acting career that began in the 1950s, he is best known for his portrayal of 'Detective Lennie Briscoe' in the NBC Police-Courtroom drama television series "Law and Order" from 1992 to 2004. He was nominated three times for an Emmy in that role. Spending much of his early career acting in the theatre, he was the original 'El Gallo' in "The Fantasticks", which opened in 1960 and ran for forty-two years off-Broadway, making it the longest uninterrupted run in American theatre history. Orbach stayed with the show for less than a year, making his Broadway starring debut in the musical "Carnival" in 1961. He won the Tony Award in 1969 for his performance in the musical "Promises, Promises." He was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1965 for his performance in "Guys and Dolls" and in 1976 for "Chicago." Interspersed with his stage career was numerous guest appearances on television (he was nominated for an Emmy for his guest work on the situation comedies "Empty Nest" and "Golden Girls"), and appearances in motion pictures - he was the voice of 'Lumiere' in the Walt Disney Studios animated film "Beauty and the Beast" and appeared in such films as "Dirty Dancing," "Brewster's Millions," F/X," "Last Exit to Brooklyn" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, he filmed his last appearance for "Law and Order" before succumbing to the disease in December 2004. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Elaine Cancilla Orbach (1940 - 2009)
  Marta Curro (1933 - 2012)*
 
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Burial:
Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Riverside Terrace Mausoleum
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Dec 29, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10186960
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VERY MUCH ENJOYED YOU ON LAW AND ORDER.
- Ken Lee
 Added: Dec. 1, 2016
Thank you for helping make Disney movie magic!! Happy 25th Anniversary Beauty and the Beast
- Kaleigh Jones-Clark
 Added: Nov. 22, 2016
Mr Orbach it was a pleasure to watch you on television and on the big screen. RIP
- rubedogg
 Added: Nov. 2, 2016
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