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Jerry Orbach

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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

Awards

  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated

Relationships

  • Marta Curro--Ex-wife
  • Leon Orbach--Father
  • Emily Orbach--Mother
  • Anthony Nicholas Orbach--Son
  • Elaine Cancilla--Wife