Photo Coverage: A Celebration of Jerry Orbach

March 24
6:23 PM 2005
Notable members of the entertainment community came out on Thursday, March 24, 2005 to honor the life and career of the legendary actor Jerry Orbach, who died on December 28 at the age of 69. The special memorial service, A CELEBRATION OF Jerry Orbach, took place at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Jerry Orbach, was best known to television audiences for his long-running role as New York City police detective Lennie Briscoe on the popular NBC series Law & Order, won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1968 musical Promises, Promises. His famous stage roles also include El Gallo in the original Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, Billy Flynn in the 1975 musical Chicago, and Julian Marsh in the original 42nd Street.


Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Richard Kind

Angela Lansbury

Dennis Farina

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Ed Sherrin (Former Executive Producer of Law & Order)

Dr. Richard Brown

Sam Waterston

Karen Ziemba (who Jerry Orbach referred to as his little sister)

Angela Lansbury

Dick Wolf (Creator & Executive Producer of Law & Order)

The audience looking on...

Elaine Orbach

Jane Alexander

Elaine Orbach is presented with a check for $1 Million from
Dick Wolf for cancer related charities

Elaine Orbach says Goodbye


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