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Creator / Jerry Orbach

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"I used to say when I was working in the theater that if I ever had five seasons of a hit TV show I'd never have to worry about money and wouldn't have to do anything I didn't want to do."

Jerome Bernard Orbach (October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004) was an American actor and singer best known for both providing the voice for Lumière the candelabra in Beauty and the Beast and his long-running role of Detective Lennie Briscoe across several iterations of Law & Order.

However, his career was a lot more diverse than the grizzled homicide detective would indicate. He started in theatre; his first major role was El Gallo in the original cast of The Fantasticks. The theater the 2006 revival performed in was named in his honor. He was nominated for three Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards, winning one of each as Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises.

Theatrical roles with TV Tropes pages:

  • 42nd Street: Julian Marsh (original Broadway cast)
  • Annie Get Your Gun: Charlie Davenport (Broadway revival)
  • Carnival: Paul Berthalet (original Broadway cast)
  • Carousel: Jigger Craigin (Lincoln Center revival)
  • Chicago: Billy Flynn (original Broadway cast; nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards)
  • The Fantasticks: El Gallo (original off-Broadway cast)
  • Guys and Dolls: Skye Masterson (1965 Broadway revival; nominated for Tony award)
  • Promises, Promises: Chuck Baxter (original Broadway cast; won Tony and Drama Desk awards)
  • The Threepenny Opera: Streetsinger, Smith and Macheath (1955 off-Broadway cast)

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