Jerry Orbach


October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004

Despite a prolific career both on and Off-Broadway, Jerry Orbach was probably best known for his work as Lt. Lennie Briscoe on NBC’s Law & Order…or, more likely, as Baby’s father in 1987’s Dirty Dancing.  He was also, for those that care, the voice behind everyone’s favorite singing and dancing candlestick, Lumière, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Orbach died in New York after nearly 10 years of secretly battling  prostate cancer.  He donated his eyes to the eye bank and two people received his corneas.  Pretty cool.


Trinity Church Cemetery, Manhattan, NY

orbach, jerry - trinity cemetery, nov 17, 2012

Specific Location

Riverside Terrace Mausoleum; Upper level, enter and turn right at the end of the hallway, Jerry and his wife, Elaine, are interred on your right just above eye level. (Note: I have visited this site twice. The first time, the doors to the mausoleum were locked. The second time, they were not. I don’t know if they are normally locked or not, but thought I’d mention it.)



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