Vale: Steven Hill
US actor best known for Law & Order has died.
US actor Steven Hill, best known for Law & Order has died, aged 94.
His daughter confirmed his death in Manhattan.
Hill joined the original Law & Order in its first season as District Attorney Adam Schiff, which he played for 10 seasons from 1990-2000. He remains the show’s fourth-longest serving cast member.
“Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met,” said creator and executive producer Dick Wolf in a statement. “He is also the only actor I’ve known who consistently tried to cut his own lines. He will be missed but fortunately he can be seen ubiquitously on Law & Order reruns.”
In 1966, he was cast in the role of Daniel Briggs, the leader of the original Mission: Impossible force but left after one season and was replaced by Peter Graves.
Other TV credits included Columbo, The Fugitive, Thirtysomething, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Route 66, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Film credits include The Goddess, Eyewitness, Yentl, Garbo Talks, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, Heartburn, Running on Empty, Billy Bathgate, The Firm, Raw Deal and Legal Eagles.
Source: The Wrap