We’ll take a moment out of our other issues today to pay tribute to the life and times of Jerry Orbach, who died yesterday at the age of 69. CNN has the story:
Actor Jerry Orbach, best known for his long-running role as New York police detective Lennie Briscoe on “Law & Order,” has died. He was 69.
Orbach died of prostate cancer Tuesday night, a spokesman for the program confirmed Wednesday.
The actor had been undergoing treatment for his illness for several weeks, Audrey Davis of the public relations agency Lippin Group told The Associated Press.
He had recently been in production for a “Law & Order” spinoff featuring Briscoe, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” scheduled to premiere in early 2005.
“I’m immensely saddened by the passing of not only a friend and colleague, but a legendary figure of 20th-century show business,” said Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of the “Law & Order” series, in a statement. “He was one of the most honored performers of his generation. His loss is irreplaceable.”
One of his famous movie quotes, from Dirty Dancing:
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner….”
Three years ago, I was visiting NYC as a part of a work function. We were headed into Little Italy after having visited Ground Zero with some NYPD folks we had worked with. We were walking through a neighborhood when right in front of us, in his “Law and Order” outfit, carrying a cup of coffee, was Jerry Orbach. He looked like he had just walked out of a set for the show.
We all pointed, he gave us that little smile and wave, and kept on walking.
It turned out, we were walking past an outdoor scene they were shooting. Jerry was headed from his trailer over to the set for a shot.
A class act, and one of my favorite cops on television. He’ll be missed.