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Jerry Orbach is a Actor American born on 20 october 1935 at New York City (USA)

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach
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Birth name Jerome Bernard Orbach
Nationality USA
Birth 20 october 1935 at New York City (USA)
Death 28 december 2004 (at 69 years) at New York City (USA)

Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach (October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004) was an American actor and singer, described at his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on television" and a "versatile stage and film actor".

Orbach's professional career began on the New York stage, both on and off-Broadway, where he created roles such as El Gallo in the original off-Broadway run of The Fantasticks (1960) and became the first performer to sing that show's standard "Try To Remember"; Billy Flynn in the original Chicago (1975-1977), and Julian Marsh in the original 42nd Street (1980-1985). Nominated for multiple Tony Awards, Orbach won for his performance as Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises (1968-1972).

Later in his career, Orbach played supporting roles in various films; such as Prince of the City (1981), Dirty Dancing (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991). He also made frequent guest appearances on television; including a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote (1985-1991). However, he gained worldwide fame for his starring role as NYPD Detective Lennie Briscoe on the long-running NBC crime drama Law & Order (1992-2004).


Orbach was married in 1958 to Marta Curro, with whom he had two sons, Anthony Nicholas and Christopher Benjamin; they divorced in 1975. Elder son Tony is a crossword puzzle constructor for The New York Times and also guest starred on the Law & Order episode "Doubles" as a reporter. Younger son Chris Orbach, who is an actor and singer, played Lennie Briscoe's nephew Ken Briscoe during the first season of Special Victims Unit. In 1979, Jerry Orbach married Broadway dancer Elaine Cancilla, whom he met while starring in Chicago.

Orbach lived in a high-rise on 53rd Street off Eighth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen and was a fixture in that neighborhood's restaurants and shops. His glossy publicity photo hangs in Ms. Buffy's French Cleaners, and he was a regular at some of the Italian restaurants nearby. As of 2007, the intersection of 8th Avenue and 53rd Street was renamed in honor of Orbach. The plans met with some resistance by local planning boards, but were overcome thanks to his popularity and his love of the Big Apple.

Best films

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Universal Soldier (1992)

Usually with

Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings
(6 films)
Frank Welker
Frank Welker
(6 films)
Jeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett
(5 films)
Robby Benson
Robby Benson
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jerry Orbach (45 films)

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The Road to El Dorado, 1h29
Directed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Michael Paul, Éric Bergeron, David Silverman, Will Finn
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, L'Or
Actors Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos, Rosie Perez, Jim Cummings
Roles Old Man
Rating69% 3.4545753.4545753.4545753.4545753.454575
In Spain 1519, two con artists, Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branagh), win a map to the legendary City of Gold, El Dorado, in a rigged gambling match. After their con is discovered, the two evade capture while being chased by a bull and hide in barrels, which are shortly loaded onto one of the ships to be led by Hernán Cortés (Jim Cummings) to the New World. During the trip, they are caught as stowaways and imprisoned, but manage to break free and take a rowboat with the help of Cortés' horse, Altivo (Frank Welker).
Prince of Central Park
Actors Kathleen Turner, Danny Aiello, Cathy Moriarty, Harvey Keitel, Lauren Vélez, Jerry Orbach
Rating52% 2.6095452.6095452.6095452.6095452.609545
12-year-old J.J. Somerled (Frankie Nasso) runs away because his mother died and he has been placed in the care of an abusive foster mother. He takes his electronic keyboard, and lives in Central Park in New York City. He learns a lot, and meets a lot of people there including a person called "The Guardian" (Harvey Keitel).
Chinese Coffee, 1h39
Directed by Al Pacino
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers, Films based on plays
Actors Al Pacino, Jerry Orbach, Susan Floyd, Neal Jones, Christopher Evan Welch, Laura Esterman
Roles Jake Manheim
Rating70% 3.5478853.5478853.5478853.5478853.547885
Harry Levine (Pacino) is a struggling writer (barely) ekeing out a living as a doorman — that is, until he is fired. Desperate for money, he pays a visit to his friend Jake Manheim (Orbach), an arts photographer, to collect an old debt. After Jake says he doesn't have the money, the two engage in an all-night conversation about their respective art, past and present loves, and the directions their lives are heading. The play and film are set in Greenwich Village circa 1982.
Belle's Tales of Friendship, 1h10
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Paige O'Hara, Shawn Pyfrom, Robby Benson, Kirsten Storms, Jim Cummings, Christine Cavanaugh
Roles Lumiere (voice)
Rating62% 3.1336553.1336553.1336553.1336553.133655
Belle owns and works at her music and bookstore in France. A group of children walk into the store eager to hear Belle's stories, as she is noted to be a great storyteller. Belle agrees to tell a story, but the gang also play games and learn some simple lessons about life. Belle narrates two classic Disney cartoons, The Three Little Pigs and Peter and the Wolf, while the children help Belle clean the bookstore. She also reads The Wise Little Hen and Morris the Midget Moose, but Shawn and Harmony will not help make chili for the group. Along the way, Belle adds music and interacts with the children.
Belle's Magical World, 1h10
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach, Kimmy Robertson, Frank Welker
Roles Lumiere (voice)
Rating54% 2.709482.709482.709482.709482.70948
The Beast (Robby Benson) and Belle (Paige O'Hara) plan to eat together, and the Beast asks for advice from Lumiere (Jerry Orbach). While Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) escorts Belle to the dining room, they come across the castle's well-meaning but rather verbose writer, Webster (Jim Cummings), turned into a dictionary, whom Belle invites to join them in the dining room (to Cogsworth's dismay). During the meal, while Belle explains a story she has been reading to the Beast, the Beast gets sweaty and demands that the windows be opened, despite there being a draught and the other servants getting cold. The Beast and Belle get into an argument, and the Beast strikes Webster off the table when the dictionary begins giving unwanted synonyms to Belle's insults. Subsequently, they both stop speaking to each other, despite Lumiere and Cogsworth's attempts to patch things up. Eventually, Webster, feeling guilty for his part, forges a letter of apology from the Beast to Belle with his friends, a pile of papers named Crane (Jeff Bennett) and a quill named LePlume (Rob Paulsen). Belle sees the letter, and makes amends with the Beast.
Exiled (1998)
, 2h
Directed by Jean de Segonzac
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Chris Noth, Dabney Coleman, Dana Eskelson, John Fiore, Dann Florek, Paul Guilfoyle
Roles Detective Lennie Briscoe
Rating64% 3.246613.246613.246613.246613.24661
The movie begins three years after Detective Mike Logan's final appearance on Law & Order in 1995. At the end of the episode "Pride", Logan punches a corrupt, homophobic politician in the face on the courthouse steps after the man's acquittal on a murder charge, in front of several reporters. Although he does not lose his job, Logan is "administratively re-assigned" to the Domestic Disputes Department on Staten Island. While he struggles to cope with feelings of resentment and isolation, fate offers him a chance at redemption when a forgotten murder case unexpectedly drifts Logan's way.
Exiled (1998)
, 1h24
Directed by Jean de Segonzac
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Chris Noth, Ice-T, Benjamin Bratt, Dabney Coleman, Jerry Orbach, Dana Eskelson
Roles Detective Lennie Briscoe
Rating64% 3.246613.246613.246613.246613.24661
Mike Logan, un inspecteur de la police de New York, vient de passer trois ans à Staten Island, après avoir enquêté sur un politicien corrompu. La découverte du cadavre d'une prostituée dans les environs du port lui fait penser que s'il obtient le droit de mener à bien cette investigation, il pourra rejoindre son commissariat d'origine à Manhattan. Son ancien chef lui permet d'enquêter, uniquement s'il accepte d'être secondé par Frankie Silvera. Les deux policiers ne tardent pas à découvrir divers indices qui les mènent à un grand ponte de la mafia. Tout se complique lorsqu'ils découvrent qu'un policier véreux, du commissariat de Logan, est également impliqué dans l'affaire.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, 1h8
Directed by Andy Knight, Tad Stones, Toby Shelton
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Themes Christmas films, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Bernadette Peters
Roles Lumiere (voice)
Rating60% 3.007513.007513.007513.007513.00751
Belle and Prince Adam throw a Christmas party for the local villagers at their castle. Lumiere and Cogsworth argue who brought Christmas back to the castle, while Mrs. Potts insists of explaining the true story behind Christmas' return to the castle. The film then switches into a lengthy flashback, during the events of the first film after the Beast saved Belle from a wolf pack. Belle is excited for Christmas but is shocked when the castle servants reveal the Beast has forbidden Christmas from occurring. Belle finds the Beast outside in the snow and offers to teach him ice skating, but Fife, humble minion of Forte the court composer, who was transformed into a pipe organ, interrupts their skating, causing the Beast and Belle to crash into the snow, and when Belle makes a snow angel, the Beast see his angel as a shadow of a monster. He roars, swipes at some snow and storms off inside, leaving Belle and the castle servants alone.
Aladdin and the King of Thieves, 1h18
Directed by Tad Stones
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, John Rhys-Davies, Linda Larkin, Jerry Orbach, Gilbert Gottfried
Roles Sa'luk (voice)
Rating63% 3.1958153.1958153.1958153.1958153.195815
People from near and far are arrive in Agrabah to celebrate the wedding of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. However, the Sultan cannot find Aladdin during the preparations—he has returned to his old hovel to recover a dagger, his only memento of his lost father, who had died in Aladdin's early childhood. Aladdin reveals to Genie that he is worried as to what kind of father he will be since his father was absent, but Genie reassures him and they head to the palace for the wedding. Meanwhile, unknown to the guests or guards, the legendary Forty Thieves and their leader, the King of Thieves, have sneaked into Agrabah to raid the wedding. The ceremony begins as planned and Aladdin and Jasmine are about to say their vows, but the Forty Thieves soon interrupt and steal treasures from all the guests. While Jasmine, Abu, Carpet and Genie fight off the thieves, Aladdin faces the King of Thieves, who is trying to steal a specific scepter from among the wedding gifts.
The Cemetery Club, 1h46
Directed by Bill Duke
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd, Danny Aiello, Lainie Kazan, Christina Ricci
Rating58% 2.9024052.9024052.9024052.9024052.902405
Based on the play by Ivan Menchell, this comedy-drama concerns three friends, Doris (Olympia Dukakis), Lucille (Diane Ladd), and Esther (Ellen Burstyn). All three live in the same Jewish community in Pittsburgh, are in their mid-to-late 50s, and have become widows within the past few years. Once a week, they gather to visit their husbands' graves and meet at a deli afterward to talk about their lives.
Straight Talk, 1h31
Directed by Barnet Kellman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne, Michael Madsen, John Sayles, Teri Hatcher
Roles Milo Jacoby
Rating58% 2.902582.902582.902582.902582.90258
Shirlee Kenyon is a down-home country girl who, through a series of mistakes, is hired as a radio talk show host. Her show is wildly successful but her success is based on the lie that she is actually a clinical psychologist. She has to learn that giving advice and following it can be harder than she thought.
Mr. Saturday Night, 1h59
Directed by Billy Crystal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt, Ron Silver, Jerry Lewis
Roles Phil Gussman
Rating59% 2.950292.950292.950292.950292.95029
Mr. Saturday Night details how stand-up comedian Buddy Young Jr. became a television star, with the help of his brother and manager, Stan, but alienated many of those closest to him once his career began to fade.
Broadway Bound, 2h
Directed by Paul Bogart
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Anne Bancroft, Corey Parker, Hume Cronyn, Jonathan Silverman, Jerry Orbach, Michele Lee
Roles Jack Jerome
Rating63% 3.192363.192363.192363.192363.19236
The play is about Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, dealing with their parents' relationship falling apart as the brothers work together toward being comedy writers for the radio, and, eventually, television.