Jerry Orbach's Widow Aims for Street Named After Husband

If Elaine Orbach has her way, theatre fans might soon be strolling down a block or avenue named after her late husband - Broadway legend and TV star Jerry Orbach.

According to the New York Times, Elaine Orbach would like for the area around 53rd Street and Eighth Avenue (where she lived with Jerry for 25 years) to be named in honor of her late husband, who starred in numerous shows on Broadway and was later known to TV audiences for his work as Detective Lennie Briscoe on "Law & Order."  Accompanied by Jerry's 96 year-old mother Emily, Elaine Orbach will make her appeal to Community Board 5 on March 8th.

Orbach was a beloved Broadway leading man who originated roles in Carnival, Promises, Promises, 42nd Street, and Chicago. He also appeared on Broadway in Threepenny Opera, The Natural Look, the 1966 revival of Annie Get Your Gun, and the 1965 revival of Guys and Dolls, among others. His many other film and TV credits included "Murder, She Wrote," Crimes and Misdemeanors, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Brewster's Millions. Orbach passed away at the age of 69 on December 28th, 2004.  

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