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Steven Hill, Original Star Of "Mission: Impossible" TV Series, Dead At 94

16 hours ago | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Actor Steven Hill  has died at age 94. Hill came to prominence in 1966 as the original star of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series. He played Dan Briggs, the head of the Impossible Mission Force, who led a select team of diverse members on highly dangerous espionage missions. Hill, who was an Orthodox Jew, found that the filming schedule conflicted with his religious obligations. He left the series after one season and was replaced by Peter Graves as Jim Phelps, who remained with the franchise henceforth. Hill retired from acting for almost a decade before returning to TV as District Attorney Adam Schiff on the popular NBC show "Law & Order". He stayed with the series for years and earned two Emmy nominations. Among his feature films are "Billy Bathgate", "Yentl", "The Firm", "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Legal Eagles". For more click here.  »

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Steven Hill, Law & Order's Veteran D.A. Adam Schiff, Dead at 94

23 August 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Steven Hill, best known as Law & Order‘s original district attorney Adam Schiff, passed away Tuesday in Manhattan at the age of 94, the New York Times reports.

Prior to his 1990-2000 run on the NBC drama, the actor — born Solomon Krakovsky — starred as Daniel Briggs in the freshman season of Mission: Impossible in 1966 but was replaced by Peter Graves for the duration of the series.

Hill’s television credits — ranging from Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1957) and The Untouchables (1962) to King (1978) and thirtysomething (1988) — date back to the early years of the medium, with four episodes of Actors Studio in 1949. (He was a »

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D. »

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing »

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'Mission: Impossible': 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Tom Cruise Blockbuster

24 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Before 1996, "Mission: Impossible" was a long-since-cancelled TV spy series, beloved by Boomers but forgotten by anyone younger. Today, of course, it's a popular Tom Cruise movie franchise, known for its twisty plotting and jaw-dropping stunt sequences, whose five installments to date have grossed $935 million in North America and $2.8 billion worldwide.

The change came, of course, with the release of Cruise's first "Mission: Impossible" 20 years ago, on May 22, 1996. Since then, Brian De Palma's clever, convoluted blockbuster has been watched and copied plenty. And while some of the spy franchise's secrets have become widely known, there are still some that have remained classified -- until now.

1. "Mission: Impossible" marked Cruise's debut as a producer. In a deal that would become his then-customary contract, he took no money up front but negotiated a lucrative percentage of the theatrical and video gross profits, reportedly as high as 22 percent. Cruise reportedly pocketed an estimated $70 million for the first "Mission. »

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