Summary: veteran actor who started his career as a "song and dance man" in musicals on and off-Broadway such as Promises, Promises (for which he won a Tony in 1969), Carnival, and Chicago, but who later starred in moves such as Prince of the City and Dirty Dancing and finally took on perhaps his most famous role as wise-cracking detective Lennie Briscoe on the long-running series Law & Order, a role he played for 12 years that garner praise from both fans and the law enforcement officers he modeled himself after.
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer
Born: October 20, 1935
Died: December 28, 2004
Location: New York City, New York