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Jerry Orbach Passes Away at 69


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#1 of 26 OFFLINE   Edwin_H

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Posted December 29 2004 - 02:43 AM

Just read from the Associated Press that former Law and Order star Jerry Orbach passed away from prostate cancer. He had been undergoing treatment for it and only recently announced he had been diagnosed. Very sad. He was a damn fine actor and will be missed. :-(


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Posted December 29 2004 - 02:45 AM

Just heard this on the radio. Sad. Although he lived a long, productive life, he obviously still had a lot to offer. RIP, Mr. Orbach.
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#3 of 26 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted December 29 2004 - 02:50 AM

Wow, that's depressing. I was really excited to watch the new Law and Order spinoff based around his character.

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#4 of 26 OFFLINE   Ernest Rister

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Posted December 29 2004 - 02:58 AM

You'll be missed, Jerry. Godspeed.

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(for those that didn't know, Orbach was the voice of Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast)

#5 of 26 OFFLINE   Michael Harris

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:18 AM

From the AP:

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach has died of prostate cancer at 69, a representative of the show said Wednesday.

Orbach died Tuesday night in Manhattan after several weeks of treatment, Audrey Davis of the public relations agency Lippin Group said.

When his illness was diagnosed, he had begun production on NBC's upcoming spinoff "Law & Order: Trial By Jury," after 12 seasons playing Detective Lennie Briscoe in the original series. His return to the new show had been expected early next year.

On Broadway, the Bronx-born Orbach starred in hit musicals including "Carnival," "Promises, Promises" (for which he won a Tony Award), "Chicago" and "42nd Street."

Among his film appearances were roles in "Dirty Dancing," "Prince of the City" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors."

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#6 of 26 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:23 AM

He will be missed. I wonder how many episodes were filmed of Trial by Jury? I hope they air them. It will be a nice way to end his long career.

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#7 of 26 OFFLINE   Phil_L

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:45 AM

He was my favorite part of L&O. He will be missed.

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:45 AM

69 is way too young. He was a fine actor and leaves the legacy of having created one of the most memorable characters in TV history.

At the risk of sounding preachy, this is a very painful reminder for men over 40 to get their PSA tests annually.

God Bless this fine gentleman.

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#9 of 26 OFFLINE   LarryDavenport

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:56 AM

I am sad to hear this. I was a fan before L&O and started to watch the show because he was on it.

#10 of 26 OFFLINE   Matt Butler

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:56 AM

Wasnt a L&O watcher but I really liked Orbach.

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#11 of 26 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted December 29 2004 - 03:57 AM

To me, Mr. Orbach was always the attraction of "Law & Order"; he was never less than great in any of the episodes.

RIP Mr. Orbach
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#12 of 26 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted December 29 2004 - 05:03 AM

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#13 of 26 OFFLINE   Peter Kline

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Posted December 29 2004 - 05:35 AM

Sad news. Most people don't know that he got his start on Broadway, well Off-Broadway to be exact in the musical "The Fantasticks". He also starred on Broadway in "42nd Street" and "Promises, Promises". R.I.P.

#14 of 26 OFFLINE   ScottR

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Posted December 29 2004 - 07:28 AM

Goodbye, Mr. Orbach. Thanks for letting us Be Your Guest.

#15 of 26 OFFLINE   Michael Harris

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Posted December 29 2004 - 07:32 AM

From his "New York Times" obit:

"With his emergence as Lennie Briscoe on a popular television series, his fortunes changed. He became the face and frame of a typical New York cop and the police liked what they saw. Mr. Orbach took the role seriously, so much so that he appeared at a 2001 demonstration of police demanding higher wages from the Giuliani administration.

"All I can do is try and represent you guys on a TV screen and make you look as good as I can," Mr. Orbach was quoted as saying in Newsday. "I could never go out and not know if I'm coming home that night the way you do."

Class act.

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Posted December 29 2004 - 07:41 AM

From Playbill.com

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Broadway's marquee lights will be dimmed Wednesday Dec. 29 at 8 PM for one minute in the memory of the star, according to the League of American Theatres and Producers. Inc.

"Broadway is deeply saddened by the loss of well-loved stage and screen star Jerry Orbach," commented Jed Bernstein, president of the League. "Jerry was a true New Yorker. Both his Broadway and television career were based here and our city is just a little sadder without him."


#17 of 26 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted December 29 2004 - 08:51 AM

RIP, Mr. Orbach.

#18 of 26 OFFLINE   David Galindo

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Posted December 29 2004 - 10:17 AM

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To me, Mr. Orbach was always the attraction of "Law & Order"; he was never less than great in any of the episodes.


Cant agree more...he will be deeply missed.

#19 of 26 OFFLINE   Todd Terwilliger

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Posted December 29 2004 - 11:44 AM

Sad news indeed. Posted Image He will be missed.
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Posted December 29 2004 - 12:23 PM

The Fantasticks site features Mr. Orbach singing his signature song from that play "Try To Remember".

I am not a fan of Broadway musicals in general, but I always liked this song and his performance of it.

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