Jerry Orbach, who starred for 12 years as Detective Lennie Briscoe on the Law & Order prototype, died yesterday of prostate cancer in Manhattan. He left the police-procedural show last year and had begun production on its third spinoff, Trial by Jury, to debut in 2005. Though in recent decades he’d become known solely as the hard-boiled, wisecracking Briscoe, Orbach made his name in Broadway musicals, including Promises, Promises (he won a Tony) and the original Chicago and 42nd Street. He was 69.
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