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Jerry Orbach

Date of Death: December 28, 2004 (69)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Jerome Bernard Orbach was an American actor and singer, described at the time of his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on television" and a "versatile stage and film actor".

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Original Broadway Production, 1980
Julian Marsh

Original Broadway Production, 1975
Billy Flynn

Paul Friedman

Original Broadway Production, 1968
Chuck Baxter [Replacement]

Chuck Baxter

Harold Wonder


Return Engagement [Broadway], 1966
Charlie Davenport

Lincoln Center Revival, 1966
Charlie Davenport

Lincoln Center Revival, 1965
Jigger Craigin

City Center Revival, 1965
Sky Masterson

Off-Broadway Revival, 1964
Larry Foreman

Larry Foreman

Original Broadway Production, 1961
Horrible Henry


Paul Berthalet

Carrot Top


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1960
El Gallo

El Gallo [The Narrator]

Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1955
Smith [Replacement]

Streetsinger [Replacement]

Jerry Orbach Movies

[1958]Cop Hater Mumzer - Gang Leader

[1961]Mad Dog Coll Joe Clegg

[1965]John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Pinkerton

[1971]The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Kid Sally

[1972]A Fan's Notes Fred Exley

[1975]Foreplay Jerry Lorsey

[1977]The Sentinel Film Director

[1981]Prince of the City Detective Gus Levy

[1981]Underground Aces Herbert Penlittle

[1985]Brewster's Millions Charley Pegler

[1986]F/X Nichol DeFranco

[1986]The Imagemaker Byron Caine

[1987]Someone to Watch Over Me Lt. Garber

[1987]I Love N.Y. Leo

[1987]Dirty Dancing Jake Houseman

[1989]Last Exit to Brooklyn Boyce

[1989]Crimes and Misdemeanors Jack Rosenthal

[1990]A Gnome Named Gnorm Stan Walton

[1991]Delusion Larry

[1991]Delirious Lou Sherwood

[1991]Beauty and the Beast Lumiere

[1991]Dead Women in Lingerie Mr. Bartoli

[1991]California Casanova Constantin Rominoffski

[1991]Out for Justice Ronny Donziger

[1992]Universal Soldier Dr. Christopher Gregor

[1992]Straight Talk Milo Jacoby

[1992]Mr. Saturday Night Phil Gussman

[1999]Temps Announcer

[2000]Chinese Coffee Jake Manheim

[2000]Prince of Central Park Businessman

[2002]Manna from Heaven Waltz Contest Announcer

Jerry Orbach TV Shows

Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Leonard 'Lennie' Briscoe

House of Mouse Lumiere

Law & Order Detective Leonard 'Lennie' Briscoe

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Leonard 'Lennie' Briscoe

Murder, She Wrote Harry McGraw

The Law and Harry McGraw Harry McGraw

Jerry Orbach Videos

Jerry Orbach News

RACHEL BLOOM: DEATH, LET ME DO MY SHOW, PAY THE WRITER & More Lead Top Off-Broadway Shows for September

What's happening off-Broadway? BroadwayWorld is helping you pick what to see next by rounding up our top recommended theatre each month. Coming up off-Broadway this September is

CHICAGO To Return To Toronto For the 8th Time

Get ready for the return of the sensational musical CHICAGO to Toronto! Broadway's record-breaking, Tony Award-winning hit is back for its 8th run. Experience the magic of this iconic show that has captivated audiences worldwide. Book your tickets now for a night of thrilling entertainment.

Wren Rivera to Lead Industry Presentation of WHITE ROSE: THE MUSICAL

Get the latest news on the industry presentation of WHITE ROSE: THE MUSICAL, featuring the talented Wren Rivera. Don't miss this exclusive showcase of the highly anticipated production.

JERRY ORBACH'S BROADWAY, Stella Katherine Cole, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club and 2022 Tony Awards Honoree for Excellence in the Theatre, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. 

Interview: Drag Race Star Mrs. Kasha Davis is Breaking Down Her Theatre Roots

Mrs. Kasha Davis checks in with BroadwayWorld to chat about the message of her new song 'Breakdown', her hopes for the future of Imagination Station, and her rich relationship with theatre.

Previews: THE FANTASTICKS at Provincetown Theater

The Provincetown Theater will be presenting their production of the longest running musical in theatre history. THE FANTASTICKS will take to the stage as the company presents an updated re-imagined version of the classic love story, written and updated by the original author, Tom Jones.

Jerry Orbach's Sons to Make Special Appearances in JERRY ORBACH'S BROADWAY at 54 Below

On Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PM, an evening of music titled JERRY ORBACH'S BROADWAY will be presented at 54 Below to honor the beloved performer.

Full Cast Set for SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL at The Gateway Playhouse

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical begins rehearsals and will run at The Gateway Playhouse from June 16 – July 16, 2023, to continue the 74th season.

SAW: THE MUSICAL to Premiere Off-Broadway in August

Cooper Jordan Entertainment has announced the Off-Broadway Opening of the new musical SAW The Musical: The Unauthorized Parody of Saw coming to The Theater Center (Jerry Orbach Theater) on 50th & Broadway this August after its successful Out-of-Town Tryout in Philadelphia Center City last year.

Find Out Who is Starring as The Harmonists in Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's HARMONY on Broadway

The producers of Harmony have announced the actors who will portray The Harmonists, the legendary real-life musical group in Harmony, the new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman.

David Merrick's Big Announcement: The Infamous Opening Night of 42ND STREET

Have you ever wondered what was the most dramatic night in Broadway history? Well, boy, do I have a story for you! The year: 1980. The show: 42nd Street. I sat down with the show’s lead, the iconic and peerless Lee Roy Reams to get the true story straight from someone who was actually there that momentous evening.

Riverside Theatre Presents The Musical Spectacular 42ND STREET

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell,  Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, and Director of Special Initiatives/CFO Patti Rooney, celebrates its 50th Anniversary season by presenting the musical spectacular, 42nd Street.

SINGFELD! A MUSICAL PARODY ABOUT NOTHING! Will Premiere Off-Broadway This Spring

Featuring a book and lyrics by Bob and Tobly McSmith and music by Billy Recce, the production is directed by Marc David Wright and begins previews on Monday, April 17th, with an official opening scheduled for early June in The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center.

Video: Watch 10 of Our Favorite Musical Moments at the Oscars

With Broadway favorites like Stephanie Hsu and Brian Tyree Henry nominated for Oscars this year, check out videos of 10 times Broadway took the Oscars with glitzy performances from stars like Hugh Jackman, Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Salonga, Beyoncé, Catherina Zeta-Jones, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, and more


Reviewer Peter Nason ranks his choices for Burt Bacharach's top 50 tunes.

Industry Presentations of PETE'S THEATRICAL ADVENTURES: FILICHIA TELLS ALL to Take Place This Month

Producer Eric Krebs and Theater 555 will present industry only performances of noted theatre journalist and critic Peter Filichia in “PETE’S THEATRICAL ADVENTURES: FILICHIA TELLS ALL” for two Sunday afternoons – February 19 & 26 at 4pm at Theater 555.

The Theater Center Incubator Series to Present TOOTHY'S TREASURE Workshop This Month

The Theater Center, home to some of Off-Broadway's longest running shows (including Perfect Crime, The Office! A Musical Parody and Friends! The Musical Parody), has announced that it will present four workshop performances of Toothy's Treasure, the second production featured in the inaugural year of its new incubator series.

Review: PROMISES, PROMISES at Lonny Chapman Theatre

What did our critic think of PROMISES, PROMISES at Lonny Chapman Theatre? Excellent leads and good singing highlight this attractive show.

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Twenty-Eight - The Classics

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at the work of some artists who are, most definitely, THE CLASSICS.

Julia Riew to Receive 18th Annual Fred Ebb Award

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company will present the eighteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Julia Riew.


Jerry Orbach has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

Jerry Orbach has not appeared in the West End

Jerry Orbach has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence (The Lortels), Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Chicago, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Chicago, Outstanding Performance (Drama Desk Awards) for Promises, Promises, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Promises, Promises, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Guys and Dolls.

Jerry Orbach has won several awards throughout his career. He received the Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence at The Lortels. He also won the Outstanding Performance award at the Drama Desk Awards for his role in Promises, Promises. Additionally, Orbach won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his performance in Promises, Promises.

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