Jerry Orbach

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Jerome Bernard Orbach
  • Birth Place: Bronx, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/20/1935, Libra
  • Date of Death: 12/28/2004
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Jerry Orbach Fast Facts:
  • Made his New York stage debut in 1955, joining the off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera.
  • In 1960, originated the role of El Gallo and introduced the classic "Try to Remember" in the off-Broadway show The Fantasticks.
  • His recurring character on Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote led to his title role in the short-lived spin-off The Law and Harry McGraw (1987-88).
  • Auditioned twice to be a series regular on Law & Order and was passed over both times, first for George Dzundza, then for Paul Sorvino. Orbach went on to make a guest appearance as a defense attorney in 1991 and finally signed on as Det. Lennie Briscoe in 1992.
  • Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Recorded a solo album, Jerry Orbach—Off-Broadway, in 1961; reissued on CD in 2000.
  • Honored in 2003 by the Drama League for having "appeared in more performances of American musicals than any other living actor."
  • Named a "Living Landmark" by the New York Landmark Conservancy in 2003.
  • Arranged to have his corneas donated following his death in 2004.
  • Remember How I Love You: Love Letters From an Extraordinary Marriage, a compilation of poems he wrote to his wife, Elaine, was published in 2009.
  • Jerry Orbach Relationships:
  • Elaine Cancilla - Wife
  • Anthony Nicholas Orbach - Son
  • Leon Orbach - Father
  • Marta Curro - Ex-wife
  • Emily Orbach - Mother
  • Chris Orbach - Son
  • Jerry Orbach Awards:
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1969 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
  • 1965 Tony: Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1976 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended University of Illinois, Urbana, IL; attended Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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