Jerry Orbach, has turned in his badge for good. The long time star of TV's 'Law & Order' and the forthcoming Dick Wolf show, 'Trial by Jury', succumbed to prostate cancer on December 28th.
Unlikely as it seems, he was simply one of our favorite TV stars on one of our favorite TV shows. After so many years it's easy to dismiss Law & Order, but we suck down the TNT re-runs relentlessly. We're pretty sure Charles Barkley can't wait to get home after his basketball shows to watch it too. Orbach played Lennie Briscoe, the grouchiest gumshoe, the coolest cop on television.
Only last week was I in Target ruing the fact that my CD drive is busted on my PC, preventing me from picking up the Law & Order game, which I really want primarily because Jerry is in it. I ended up with CSI for the Mac.
Jerry Orbach had a long and distinguished career in theatre and film before coming to Law & Order, where he acerbically endured for 12 seasons. In a medium simply in love with youth and good looks Jerry Orbach was a rare, successful gem. It probably helped that he worked alongside the young and good-looking Jesse L. Martin.
Orbach's condition had been diagnosed in the spring, becoming public at the beginning of December. At that time, Jerry appeared to be in relatively good health, playing golf and shooting episodes of his 2005 show.
We're looking forward to 'Trial by Jury' and still being able to enjoy Jerry on those continuing 'Law & Order' re-runs on TNT.