Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach (October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004) was an American actor and singer, described at his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on television" and a "versatile stage and film actor". Orbach's professional career began on the New York stage, both on and off-Broadway, where he created roles such as El Gallo in the original Off-Broadway run of The Fantasticks and became the first performer to sing that show's standard "Try To Remember", Billy Flynn in the 1975 musical Chicago, and Julian Marsh in the original 42nd Street. Nominated for Tony awards several times, Orbach won for his performance as Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises. In the 1980s, Orbach turned to movies, creating film roles such as Detective Gus Levy in Prince of the City, Dr. Jake Houseman in Dirty Dancing, and the voice of Lumière in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Later in his career, Orbach worked primarily in television, starring in the series "The Law and Harry McGraw," as well as guest appearances on "The Golden Girls," "Hunter," "Murder, She Wrote," "Who's the Boss?" among others, before creating the role which brought him international fame, New York City Det. Lennie Briscoe on the long running crime drama Law & Order.