Oh, Jerry. The Screen Actors Guild has given you a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, a now-posthumous tribute to your work as Detective Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order. Though you face some tough (James Gandolfini in the Sopranos, Kiefer "Job/Sisyhpus" Sutherland in 24) competition, Gothamist feels your work ruled, because you created a character whose interior life we could imagine with just a wiggle of your eyebrow. We're just curious if the SAG voters will be swayed by your recent death and will hand you a trophy; we're unsure if that'd be crass or a fitting tribute.
Some recent articles about Orbach:
- The NY Times on how New Yorkers felt that Jerry Orbach really was Lennie Briscoe; Police Commissioner Kelly even said, "He was, to a lot of people in the rest of world, the face of the New York Police Department."
- Pete Hammill's NYT Op-Ed on Orbach
- The AP and Daily News on Orbach's funeral, plus the celebrity friends who attended