Monday, December 10, 2007

Law & Order actors in other roles: Featuring (and remembering) Jerry Orbach

Many people identify Jerry Orbach with Law & Order, but his initial claim to fame is his work on Broadway and in off-Broadway performances.

In 1968, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical for his role of Chuck Baxter in the musical "Promises, Promises". He was nominated in 1965 for a Tony as Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a musical for a revival of "Guys and Dolls. In 1976, he was also nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a musical for the original production of "Chicago." His last appearance on Broadway was in 1981, playing Julian Marsh in 42nd Street.

Here are a few YouTube videos that show Jerry in some memorable performances. The first is from a performance at The White House, I believe from 1988, singing, “Try to Remember” from the Fantastiks. Also here is a performance of "The Lullaby of Broadway" (from 42nd Street).

Jerry died on December 28, 2004, but he continues to live on for Law & Order fans as Lennie Briscoe.

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1 comment:

Rosemary said...

I can still remember hearing about Jerry's death on the radio and what a shock it was even though we all knew he was ill. It still seems unreal that he is gone. Lennie Briscoe was such a great creation, with a range from great drama to great wit, he still seems like a real person.

- Rosemary