There are actors who are born to play a role. For Jerry Orbach, the role he was destined to play was detective Lenny Briscoe, for twelve seasons on NBC’s Law & Order. A versatile character actor, Mr. Orbach became the face of the typical New York cop, and declared a living monument by the NY Landmark Conservancy. The ruggedly handsome star of theater, film and television died of prostate cancer this past December, two months after turning 69 years old.
In addition to his vast body of acting work, Mr. Orbach was also an outspoken critic of canned shoots, the awful practice of hunting tamed captive animals on enclosed property. In 2001, Mr. Orbach shot a PSA against the cruel sport and asked New York legislative leaders for assistance in banning canned shoots in New York. In his letters to state leaders, Mr. Orbach wrote that a canned shoot, “… is like shooting animals in a zoo. Real hunters are disgusted by canned shoots.
They should be outlawed regardless of the size of the property or species of animals. Please put a lid on canned shoots.” Mr. Orbach’s tireless efforts on behalf of animals earned him honors in 2003 by the Wildlife Conservation Society, in which he served as a WCS Ambassador.
Jerry Orbach, a true friend of New York City and animal enthusiast, will be missed by all including Animal Fair and his good friend Lucky, shown here with Jerry at a Bide-A-Wee Benefit.
Dog bless you, Jerry!