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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 2 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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 2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic (Short)
Lumiere (voice)
 2002 Manna from Heaven
Waltz Contest Announcer
 2001-2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
- 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)
 2000 Prince of Central Park
 2000 Chinese Coffee
Jake Manheim
 1999 Temps
 1999/I You Be the Judge (TV Series documentary)
 1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
 1998 Belle's Magical World (Video)
Lumiere (voice)
 1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves (Video)
Sa'luk (voice)
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
- High Crane Drifter (1996) ... Mitch (voice)
 1993 The Cemetery Club (uncredited)
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Clifton Byers
 1992 Empty Nest (TV Series)
- The Mismatchmaker (1992) ... Arthur
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night
Phil Gussman
 1992 Straight Talk
Milo Jacoby
 1992 Black Death (TV Movie)
Dr. Vincent Califano
 1992 Broadway Bound (TV Movie)
Jack Jerome
 1991 California Casanova
Constantin Rominoffski
 1991 Dead Women in Lingerie
 1991 Beauty and the Beast
Lumiere (voice)
 1991 Delirious
Lou Sherwood
 1991 Delusion
 1991 Toy Soldiers
Albert Trotta (uncredited)
 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (TV Movie)
Vic St. John
 1990 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
- Starlight Memories (1990) ... Nick
 1990 In Defense of a Married Man (TV Movie)
Alan Michelson
 1990 A Gnome Named Gnorm
Stan Walton
 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 Crimes and Misdemeanors
Jack Rosenthal
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn
 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)
- Cabin Fever (1987) ... Cameron
 1987 I Love N.Y.
 1987 Love Among Thieves (TV Movie)
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
- 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
 1986 The Imagemaker
Byron Caine
 1986 F/X
Nicholas DeFranco
 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
 1982 Plaza Suite (TV Movie)
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
 1981 Prince of the City
Detective Gus Levy
 1981 Underground Aces
Herbert Penlittle
 1980 Alex and the Doberman Gang (TV Movie)
 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
 1977 The Sentinel
Michael Dayton
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
- A Question of Answers (1975) ... Brubaker
 1975 Foreplay
Jerry Lorsey
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
- 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")
 1972 A Fan's Notes
 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 Mad Dog Coll
Joe Clegg
 1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (TV Movie)
 1958 Cop Hater
Gang Leader - Mumzer
 1955 Marty
Ballroom Extra (uncredited)
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(May 3, 1960 - ????) Stage: Appeared (as "El Gallo") in the original Off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" See more »

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


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I used to say when I was working in the theater that if I ever had five seasons of a hit TV show I'd never have to worry about money and wouldn't have to do anything I didn't want to do . . . The 12 seasons on Law & Order (1990) really made that possible. See more »


He was an only child. See more »


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

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