Jerry Orbach (1935–2004)


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Jerry Orbach was born in the Bronx, New York, the only child of Leon Orbach, a former vaudevillian actor, was a German Jewish immigrant, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, and Emily (nee Olexy), a radio singer, was born in Pennsylvania to immigrant Polish-Lithuanian Roman Catholic parents, Alexander Olexy and Susanna (nee Klauba). The family moved ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Law & Order Detective Lennie Briscoe / Frank Lehrman
(1991-2004)
(1991)
Dirty Dancing Jake Houseman
(1987)
Crimes and Misdemeanors Jack Rosenthal
(1989)

Filmography

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 2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV Series)
D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe
- 41 Shots (2005) ... D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe
- The Abominable Showman (2005) ... D.A. Investigator Lennie Briscoe
 2004 Law & Order: Justice Is Served (Video Game)
Senior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe (voice)
 1991-2004 Law & Order (TV Series)
Detective Lennie Briscoe / Frank Lehrman
- C.O.D. (2004) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Caviar Emptor (2004) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Gaijin (2004) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Vendetta (2004) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Everybody Loves Raimondo's (2004) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
 2003 Protesters (Video)
Police Investigator in street
 2003 Law & Order II: Double or Nothing (Video Game)
Senior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe (voice)
 2002 Law & Order: Dead on the Money (Video Game)
Senior Homicide Detective Lennie Briscoe (voice)
 2002 Manna from Heaven
Waltz Contest Announcer
 2001-2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
Lumiere
- Max's Embarrassing Date (2002) ... Lumiere (voice)
- Not So Goofy (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
- The Mouse Who Came to Dinner (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
- Clarabelle's Big Secret (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
- Pluto Saves the Day (2001) ... Lumiere (voice)
 2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Poison (2001) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
 2000 Prince of Central Park
Businessman
 2000 Chinese Coffee
Jake Manheim
 2000 Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Magical Ballroom (Video Game)
Lumiere (voice)
 1999-2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Entitled (2000) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Hysteria (1999) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- ...Or Just Look Like One (1999) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
 1999/I You Be the Judge (TV Series documentary)
Host
 1999 Belle's Tales of Friendship (Video)
Lumiere (voice)
 1999 Temps
Announcer
 1996-1999 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Sideshow (1999) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Baby, It's You (1997) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
- For God and Country (1996) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
 1998 Exiled (TV Movie)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
 1998 Belle's Magical World (Video)
Lumiere (voice)
 1997 Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (Video)
Lumiere (voice)
 1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves (Video)
Sa'luk (voice)
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
Mitch
- High Crane Drifter (1996) ... Mitch (voice)
 1996 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
Detective Lennie Briscoe
- Jim Breuer/Matt Frewer/Spacehog (1996) ... Detective Lennie Briscoe (uncredited)
 1993 The Cemetery Club (uncredited)
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Clifton Byers
 1992 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Arthur
- ...Or Forever Hold Your Peace (1992) ... Arthur
- The Mismatchmaker (1992) ... Arthur
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night
Phil Gussman
 1992 Universal Soldier
Dr. Christopher Gregor
 1992 Straight Talk
Milo Jacoby
 1992 Black Death (TV Movie)
Dr. Vincent Califano
 1992 Broadway Bound (TV Movie)
Jack Jerome
 1991 Dead Women in Lingerie
Bartoli
 1991 Beauty and the Beast
Lumiere (voice)
 1991 California Casanova
Constantin Rominoffski
 1991 Delirious
Lou Sherwood
 1991 Delusion
Larry
 1985-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Harry McGraw
- The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane (1991) ... Harry McGraw
- From the Horse's Mouth (1991) ... Harry McGraw
- Double Exposure (1989) ... Harry McGraw
- Death Takes a Dive (1987) ... Harry McGraw
- One Good Bid Deserves a Murder (1986) ... Harry McGraw
 1991 Toy Soldiers
Albert Trotta (uncredited)
 1991 Out for Justice
Capt. Ronnie Donziger
 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (TV Movie)
Vic St. John
 1990 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Nick
- Starlight Memories (1990) ... Nick
 1990 In Defense of a Married Man (TV Movie)
Alan Michelson
 1990 A Gnome Named Gnorm
Stan Walton
 1990 Kojak: None So Blind (TV Movie)
Tony Salducci
 1990 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Glen O'Brien
- Cheaters (1990) ... Glen O'Brien
 1990 Hunter (TV Series)
Sal Scarlatti
- Son and Heir (1990) ... Sal Scarlatti
 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors
Jack Rosenthal
 1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn
Boyce
 1989 The Flamingo Kid (TV Short)
Phil Brody
 1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (TV Movie)
Blaine Counter
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Harrison / Malcolm Shanley III
- Ain't Gonna Get It from Me, Jack (1988) ... Harrison / Malcolm Shanley III
 1987-1988 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
Harry McGraw
- Maginnis for the People (1988) ... Harry McGraw
- Harry Does the Hustle (1988) ... Harry McGraw
- Waiting Game (1988) ... Harry McGraw
- Beware the Ides of May (1988) ... Harry McGraw
- Gilhooley's Is History (1988) ... Harry McGraw
 1987 Someone to Watch Over Me
Lt. Garber
 1987 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Cameron
- Cabin Fever (1987) ... Cameron
 1987 Dirty Dancing
Jake Houseman
 1987 I Love N.Y.
Leo
 1987 Love Among Thieves (TV Movie)
Spicer
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Roberts
- Everybody Needs a Little Love (1987) ... Roberts
 1987 Out on a Limb (TV Mini-Series)
Mort Viner
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Mort Viner
 1986 The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (TV Series)
Zachary Foxx
- New Frontier (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Mistwalker (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Tune-Up (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Mindnet (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
- Tortuna (1986) ... Zachary Foxx (voice)
 1986 Dream West (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. John Sutter
- Part II (1986) ... Capt. John Sutter
- Dream West (1986) ... Capt. John Sutter
 1986 F/X
Nicholas DeFranco
 1986 The Imagemaker
Byron Caine
 1985 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
Brian Merrick
- In the Line of Duty (1985) ... Brian Merrick
- Everybody Is a Star (1985) ... Brian Merrick
 1985 Brewster's Millions
Charley Pegler
 1984 The Streets (TV Movie)
Sgt. Max Grozzo
 1983 The Special Magic of Herself the Elf (TV Short)
King Thorn (voice)
 1983 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Mr. Brahm
- Episode #1.2004 (1983) ... Mr. Brahm
 1983 An Invasion of Privacy (TV Movie)
Sam Bianchi
 1982 Plaza Suite (TV Movie)
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
 1981 Prince of the City
Detective Gus Levy
 1981 Underground Aces
Herbert Penlittle
 1980 Alex and the Doberman Gang (TV Movie)
Rogers
 1980 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Beeker
- Hot Line (1980) ... Dr. Beeker
 1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Lars Mangros
- Space Rockers (1980) ... Lars Mangros
 1977 The Sentinel
Film Director
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Brubaker
- A Question of Answers (1975) ... Brubaker
 1975 Foreplay
Jerry Lorsey
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Josh
- The Captives (1975) ... Josh
 1973 Diana (TV Series)
Donald Kirby
- Never, Never, Ever Again... Maybe (1973) ... Donald Kirby
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Homer 'Arsenal' Andrews (segment "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey")
- Love and the Cozy Comrades/Love and the Flunky/Love and the Hoodwinked Honey/Love and the Secret Spouse (1973) ... Homer 'Arsenal' Andrews (segment "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey")
 1972 A Fan's Notes
Frederick Earl Exley
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Irwin Keyser (1980-1981)
 1967 Annie Get Your Gun (TV Movie)
Charles Davenport
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
J.P. Loring
- The Sworn Twelve (1965) ... J.P. Loring
 1964 Camera Three (TV Series)
Larry Foreman
- The Cradle Will Rock (1964) ... Larry Foreman
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Steve Ford
- Field of Battle (1963) ... Steve Ford
 1963 Bye Bye Birdie
Bob - Ed Sullivan Show Producer (uncredited)
 1961 Mad Dog Coll
Joe Clegg
 1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (TV Movie)
Cristof
 1958 Cop Hater
Mumzer - Gang Leader
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Promises, Promises," a musical comedy. Book by Neil Simon. Based on the film "The Apartment" by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. Music by Burt Bacharach. Lyrics by Hal David. Musical Director: Harold Wheeler. Dance arrangements by Harold Wheeler. Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. Choreographed by Michael ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 24 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on why he decided to join the cast of "Law & Order" (1990)] Back in the early '60s my pal David Janssen was doing The Fugitive (1963). He used to come home eight, nine o'clock at night, having gotten up at five in the morning, have one drink and boom! He'd fall asleep on the couch and we'd carry him to bed. I told myself, "I will never do an hour drama. It's just too hard". But then, as you get ... See more »

Trivia:

Was partying at the Copacabana with infamous New York mobster Joe Gallo (III) hours before Gallo was shot dead at Umberto's Clam House in New York City. See more »

Trademark:

Best known for his role as Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order (1990) (as well as several spin-offs)

Star Sign:

Libra

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