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Jerry Orbach (1935–2004)


Jerry was born in the Bronx. His father, Leon, was a former vaudevillian actor and his mother, Emily, was a radio singer. His family moved frequently and eventually settled in Waukegan, Illinois where he went to high school. The constant moving made him the new kid on the block and forced him to become "a chameleon" to blend in his new settings. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 2001-2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
Lumiere
- Max's Embarrassing Date (2002) ... Lumiere (voice)
- Not So Goofy (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
- The Mouse Who Came to Dinner (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
- Clarabelle's Big Secret (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
- Pluto Saves the Day (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
 1999/I You Be the Judge (TV Series documentary)
Host
 1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
Mitch
- High Crane Drifter (1996) ... Mitch (voice)
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Clifton Byers
 1992 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Arthur
- The Mismatchmaker (1992) ... Arthur
 1992 Black Death (TV Movie)
Dr. Vincent Califano
 1992 Broadway Bound (TV Movie)
Jack Jerome
 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (TV Movie)
Vic St. John
 1990 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Nick
- Starlight Memories (1990) ... Nick
 1990 In Defense of a Married Man (TV Movie)
Alan Michelson
 1990 Kojak: None So Blind (TV Movie)
Tony Salducci
 1990 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Glen O'Brien
- Cheaters (1990) ... Glen O'Brien
 1990 Hunter (TV Series)
Sal Scarlatti
- Son and Heir (1990) ... Sal Scarlatti
 1989 The Flamingo Kid (TV Short)
Phil Brody
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Harrison / Malcolm Shanley III
- Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack (1988) ... Harrison / Malcolm Shanley III
 1987 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Cameron
- Cabin Fever (1987) ... Cameron
 1987 Love Among Thieves (TV Movie)
Spicer
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Roberts
- Everybody Needs a Little Love (1987) ... Roberts
 1987 Out on a Limb (TV Mini-Series)
Mort Viner
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Mort Viner
 1986 The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (TV Series)
Zachary Foxx
- New Frontier (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Mistwalker (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Tune-Up (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Mindnet (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Tortuna (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
 1986 Dream West (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. John Sutter
 1984 The Streets (TV Movie)
Sgt. Max Grozzo
 1983 The Special Magic of Herself the Elf (TV Movie)
King Thorn (voice)
 1983 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Mr. Brahm
- Episode dated 17 March 1983 (1983) ... Mr. Brahm
 1983 An Invasion of Privacy (TV Movie)
Sam Bianchi
 1980 Alex and the Doberman Gang (TV Movie)
Rogers
 1980 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Beeker
- Hot Line (1980) ... Dr. Beeker
 1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Lars Mangros
- Space Rockers (1980) ... Lars Mangros
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Brubaker
- A Question of Answers (1975) ... Brubaker
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Josh
- The Captives (1975) ... Josh
 1973 Diana (TV Series)
Donald Kirby
- Never, Never, Ever Again... Maybe (1973) ... Donald Kirby
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Homer 'Arsenal' Andrews (segment "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey")
- Love and the Cozy Comrades/Love and the Flunky/Love and the Hoodwinked Honey/Love and the Secret Spouse (1973) ... Homer 'Arsenal' Andrews (segment "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey")
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Irwin Keyser (1980-1981)
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
J.P. Loring
- The Sworn Twelve (1965) ... J.P. Loring
 1964 Camera Three (TV Series)
Larry Foreman
- The Cradle Will Rock (1964) ... Larry Foreman
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Steve Ford
- Field of Battle (1963) ... Steve Ford
 1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (TV Movie)
Cristof
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Other Works:

TV commercial for the New York State Lottery (voiceover). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 24 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

When I first began in this business I was doing a lot of musical theater but the problem was that people wouldn't hire me outside of that. I wasn't being taken seriously as an actor so I started taking more dramatic roles and serious acting jobs and eventually it got to the point where people were saying, "I really like his stuff. Does he sing?" See more »

Trivia:

Played the uncle of his real-life son, Chris Orbach, in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). See more »

Trademark:

Best known for his role as Detective Lennie Briscoe in _Law & Order (1990)_(as well as several spin-offs)

Star Sign:

Libra

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