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Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach
Orbach in April 2002
Personal information
Birth nameJerome Bernard Orbach
Birth dateOctober 20, 1935
Place of birthBronx, New York,
United States
Date of deathDecember 28, 2004(age 69)
Death placeManhattan, New York,
United States
Years active1955 2004
SpouseMarta Curro (1958 1975; divorced: 2 children)
Elaine Cancilla (1979 2004; [his death])

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Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach (October 20, 1935 December 28, 2004) was an American actor and singer. He was well known for his starring role as Detective Lennie Briscoe in the Law & Order television series and as the voice of Lumière in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. As well, Orbach was a noted musical theatre star. His prominent roles included originating the character of El Gallo in The Fantasticks, the longest-running musical play in history; Chuck Baxter in the original production of Promises, Promises (for which he won a Tony Award); Julian Marsh in 42nd Street; and Billy Flynn in the original production of Chicago.

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