'Law & Order' Star Jerry Orbach Dies

posted 2004-12-29 11:05:52 by arnoldam

NEW YORK "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach has died of prostate cancer at age 69, a representative of the show said.

Earlier this month, Orbach's manager announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease. But he was optimistic.

"We expect he'll be fine. He's been playing golf, shooting his episodes and doing real well," manager Robert Malcolm told the New York Daily News.

Orbach starred for 12 seasons in the original "Law & Order" series, but left to head the spin-off "Law & Order: Trial by Jury," set to debut next year.

The show's producer, Dick Wolf, also had high hopes for Orbach.

"We expect him to make a full and swift recovery, and while he is receiving treatment, we will work around his schedule," Wolf told the News.

Orbach began playing Detective Lennie Briscoe in 1992, the original show's third season.

Born in the Bronx, he was in the original cast of the off-off-Broadway hit "The Fantasticks" and has appeared in such films as "Dirty Dancing," "Prince of the City" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors."