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Jerry Orbach – MovieActors.com

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Orbach in DIRTY DANCING.

About Jerry Orbach (1935 – 2004)

Jerry Orbach was born on October 20, 1935 in New York City. On December 28, 2004 Jerry Orbach passed away in Manhattan, New York from prostate cancer.

Jerry's father, Leon, was a former vaudevillian actor and his mother, Emily, was a radio singer.

For a revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, Jerry Orbach had a 1965 Tony nomination. Orbach won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role, Chuck Baxte,r in PROMISES, PROMISES (1968). This musical is a stage adaptation of Billy Wilder's THE APARTMENT (1960).

In 1976, Jerry Orbach was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in CHICAGO. Jerry Orbach created the roles of El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS, Billy Flynn in CHICAGO and Julian Marsh in 42nd STREET on the New York stage.

Making his film debut in 1958, Jerry Orbach played a gangster in COP HATER. In the adaptation of Jimmy Breslin's THE GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT, in 1971, was the first and only time Jerry Orbach played the leading role in a movie. Orbach received the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence at the 1999 Lucille Lortel Awards.

Orbach is one of only two actors to play the same character (Detective Lennie Briscoe) on 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). Jerry Orbach sometime co-starred with Richard Belzer who is the other actor, having appeared on six different television shows as Detective John Munch.

Before being cast as Det. Lennie Briscoe, Jerry Orbach read for the roles of Max Greevey and Phil Cerreta on LAW & ORDER (1990). Was one of the first in a long series of actors who have played multiple characters on LAW & ORDER (1990). Before he played Det. Lennie Briscoe, Orbach guest-starred as defense attorney, Frank Lehrman, in the 2nd season episode; THE WAGES OF LOVE.

On Monday, 20th of March; 2000, he sued on-line 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 Web site on Wednesday 15th March 2000 when it advertised the sale of two of Orbach's contracts from 1958.

Jerry Orbach's notable movie credits include...

MANNA FROM HEAVEN (2002)
PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK (2000)
CHINESE COFFEE (2000)
TEMPS (1999)
MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (1992)
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (1992)
DIRTY DANCING (1987)
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (1987)
BREWSTER'S MILLIONS (1985)
MAD DOG COLL (1961)



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Jerry Orbach in F/X (1986).

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Jerry Orbach in DIRTY DANCING (1987).

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Jerry Orbach with Landau
in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.