We have just learned that Steven Hill, best known in his long-running portrayal of District Attorney Adam Schiff on NBC’s Law and Order, died Tuesday at age 94.
In his younger days, Hill was cast as Daniel Briggs to star in the new series “Mission: Impossible” but only appeared for one season.
Hill received two Emmy nominations for his “Law and Order” performances in 1998 and 1999 but never won the award.
From Fox News:
Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.
He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”
Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D.A. was Dianne Wiest’s Nora Lewin.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hill’s entire family during this trying time!