December 31, 2004

Jerry Orbach, RIP:

The 69-year-old actor, whose Det. Lennie Briscoe character on "Law & Order" was one of the most thoroughly likable in the history of television, died today of prostate cancer at 69. He was also a representative of a dying breed: the heterosexual Broadway musical song and dance man. The Tony Award-winner originated the role of the narrator in The Fantasticks and the tap-dancing sleazy lawyer in Chicago. As the enchanted candlestick in Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast, he sang the showstopper "Be Our Guest."

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