I am sad to report that Jerry Orbach has passed away. He was the bestest fake NY detective of all time -- compassionate enough to care about the victims yet hardened and cynical enough to crack wise. I only started watching Law and Order because Jerry Orbach was on it, and I've hearted Jerry Orbach ever since I first saw Dirty Dancing a million years ago. No one else could've instilled Jake Houseman with such compassion and cynicism.
Oh, Jerry Orbach. You cornered the market on compassion and cynicism.
I'd like to think that Jerry Orbach and Susan Sontag are drinking tea together somewhere in that great big Starbucks in the sky.