Steven Hill (1922 - 2016)

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Steven Hill
1922 - 2016
Seattle, King County, Washington United States
August 23, 2016
New York, New York County, New York United States
Steven Hill was born in 1922 in Seattle, Washington United States. He died on August 23, 2016 in New York, New York United States at age 94.
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Television Star. Mission Impossible and Law and Order. Born February 24, 1922 in Seattle, Washington, USA Died August 23, 2016 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (several illnesses) Birth Name Solomon Krakovsky Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m) Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1922, as Solomon Krakovsky, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Hill became interested in the theater as a little boy. After graduation from high school, he served in the Naval Reserve (1940-44). From there, he worked alongside a young, unknown star Marlon Brando in "A Flag is Born." His real acting debut came about in 1950, when he co-starred opposite Hedy Lamarr in A Lady Without Passport (1950), and his career took off from there. For the rest of the 1950s and 1960s, he co-starred in B-movies such as: The Goddess (1958), Kiss Her Goodbye (1959), A Child Is Waiting (1963), The Slender Thread (1965). Hill also became a leading character actor guest-starring in a wide variety of shows such as: Schlitz Playhouse (1951), Danger (1950), Playwrights '56 (1955), Studio One in Hollywood (1948), Playhouse 90 (1956), Naked City (1958), Espionage (1963), Dr. Kildare (1961), Ben Casey (1961), among many others. Another guest-starring role on Rawhide (1959), led him to star on Mission: Impossible (1966). Though the series lasted seven seasons, Hill was not pleased with his role because he refused to abide by the production schedule that required working on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, being an Orthodox Jew. Hill was fired after 1 season, and was replaced in the series by Peter Graves. After his firing, he went on a sabbatical from acting, to focus on selling homes in real estate, hence he moved to New York. After his long absence from acting, he returned to the small screen with the TV mini-series, King (1978). The 1980s saw Hill returning to the box office, co-starring in such blockbuster films such as: It's My Turn (1980), opposite Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas, Eyewitness (1981), Yentl (1983), Garbo Talks (1984), opposite Anne Bancroft and Carrie Fisher, On Valentine's Day (1986), and the sequel, Courtship (1987), he played a Mafia Don in Arnold Schwarzenegger's another blockbuster film, Raw Deal (1986), then, in a blockbuster ten movie Running on Empty (1988), followed by The Boost (1988), White Palace (1990), and one of the last films, Billy Bathgate (1991). In the 1990s, at 68, after a 23-year-absence from the small screen, he reestablished his career, as the last minute replacement for a starring role in Law & Order (1990), where he played the role of a pragmatic District Attorney, Adam Schiff, a character whom everyone grew to love. Despite not appearing in the pilot episode of the series, he quickly became one of Hollywood's likable and bankable stars, where he often had scenes, that were filmed, only in court. His co-stars on the show consisted of actors who have also made bankable names like Hill himself like Chris Noth, and S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, and newcomers Jill Hennessy and Benjamin Bratt. On Law & Order (1990) he was also nominated for Emmies twice, but did not win. The entire cast was shocked when, in 2000, he left his role to enjoy his retirement. Before then, the entire cast appeared with Hill on Larry King Live (1985), to say goodbye to a legendary star. Spouse (2) Rachel Schenker (1967 - 23 August 2016) ( his death) ( 5 children) Selma Stern (8 April 1951 - 1964) ( divorced) ( 4 children) Often tells stories about his life as an Orthodox Jew Usually played roles that are both parental and authority figures His pragmatic voice Trivia (37) He was one of the few Orthodox Jewish actors working for much of his career. He was a founding member of Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio Left the cast of Mission: Impossible (1966) after one season because, as an Orthodox Jew, he was unwilling to abide by the show's production schedule. (That would have required him to work on the Jewish Sabbath.) Was a founding member of the Actor's Studio and, as such, knew and worked with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Gene Hackman before they became famous. Is an alumnus of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Played the Manhattan District Attorney in both Legal Eagles (1986) and Law & Order (1990). He rarely shared any scenes with any of the actors who played cops on Law & Order (1990). Left acting from 1967 to 1978. His son-in-law is a high school teacher in Manhattan, New York City. Has appeared with Roscoe Lee Browne in two different, completely unrelated productions in which he played the New York County District Attorney: Legal Eagles (1986) and Law & Order (1990). Although he and Jerry Orbach appeared in 177 episodes of Law & Order (1990) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Entitled (2000) together, they only appeared on screen together twice: during one brief scene in the Law & Order: Corruption (1996) and in the opening scene of the episode Refuge Pt. 2 (#9.24. Was considered for the role of Dr.Sam Loomis in Halloween (1978). Best known by the public for his starring role as D.A. Adam Schiff on Law & Order (1990). Appeared in every episode of Law & Order (1990), for the first ten seasons, except one, until his retirement in 2000. The series pilot, Law & Order: Everybody's Favorite Bagman (1990), was filmed in 1988 and starred Roy Thinnes as the district attorney. It was neither aired nor picked up for a series at that time. It first aired as episode 6 in the first season. When he departed from his role on Law & Order (1990), he was the longest-running cast member. Was a spokesperson for T.D. Waterhouse, alongside his Law & Order (1990), co-star Sam Waterston, in the 1990s. Adam Schiff, his character from Law & Order (1990), was loosely based on the real former district attorney of New York, Robert Morgenthau, and it is reported that Morgenthau was a fan of the character. Moved to a religious community in Rockland County, New York, in 1967. Made a comeback with the television series at 68. Before he returned to acting, he was working as a real estate agent. Before he was a successful actor, he used to work in stage productions. Re-enlisted in the Navy between 1952 and 1954, before he seriously returned to acting. Served 4 years in the Naval Reserve. Of Russian immigrants. Graduated from West Seattle High School in Seattle, Washington, in 1940. Met Martin Landau at the Actors' Studio (when he studied there). Martin Landau eventually landed a role opposite Hill on Mission: Impossible (1966), where he played Rollin Hand for 3 seasons. Was stricken with a virus the night of a sold out performance for the Masters Children's Center of Dobbs Ferry. As a result, the producers decided to cancel the performance just as the curtain was about to go up. [12 April 1961]. Began acting at age 24. When he was a little boy he was interested in the theater, after his sister entered a talent contest. After guest-starring on Rawhide (1959), producer Bruce Geller recruited him to play the lead role of what would become Mission: Impossible (1966), which was based on his character's squad. Good friends with Julie Harris, Sydney Pollack, Anne Bancroft, Albert Paulsen, Lee Grant, Sam Waterston and Marlon Brando. He had nine children. After his retirement from acting in 2000, he did voice-overs. Appeared with future Law & Order (1990) replacement, Dianne Wiest, in It's My Turn (1980). Acting mentor and friends of Jill Hennessy and Benjamin Bratt. He died less than a month before the 50th anniversary of Mission: Impossible (1966), in which he originally starred as the protagonist Dan Briggs. He was a lifelong liberal Democrat. Personal Quotes (5) I felt I had to be brash to make my mark. In this business you don't make out application forms - you have to make an instant impression. I had to do it over and over again before I was finally recognized. I think probably because of all years and time that has gone by, I enjoy my work far more than I ever did before. Certainly more than I did in my early years when it took a lot of effort to do the best job I wanted to do. Now it is more of a joy and much more exciting. I guess it's because what I'm doing in my work today is an accumulation of all the blood, sweat and tears went through in this business. [on his popularity of playing the seventy-something Adam Schiff on Law & Order (1990)] There's a certain positive statement in this show. So much is negative today. The positive must be stated to rescue us from pandemonium. To me, it lies in, that principle: Law & Order. [in 1996] But our stories are about real-life, and that's how life is today. We plea bargain all over the place. See also
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Very religious. Observant Orthodox Jewish and lived in an Orthodox Community. He had 2 marriages and 9 children.


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He would continue acting in both film and television until being chosen for the role of Adam Schiff on the series "Law and Order" in 1990. He continued in this role until 2000 when he retired from acting. His film credits included "A Lady Without Passport" (1950), "Storm Fear" (1955), "A Child is Waiting" (1963), "Yentl" (1983), "Legal Eagles" (1986), "Billy Bathgate" (1991), and "The Firm" (1993).

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Steven Hill BIRTH 24 Feb 1922 Seattle, King County, Washington, USA DEATH 23 Aug 2016 (aged 94) Monsey, Rockland County, New York, USA BURIAL Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend MEMORIAL ID 168831506 · View Source Actor. Born Solomon Krakovsky, he was best known for playing the district attorney Adam Schiff on the NBC drama series "Law and Order" from 1990 to 2000. His other well-known role was of Dan Briggs, the original team leader on the CBS series "Mission: Impossible" from 1966 to 1967. He served four years in the United States Naval Reserve. After his naval service, he decided to pursue an acting career. He made his acting debut in the 1946 Broadway play "A Flag is Born". In 1949 he made his television debut in the series "Actor's Studio". He would go on to make many appearances in television with such credits as "Suspense", "Danger", Alfred Hitchcock Presents", Playhouse 90", "The Untouchables", and "Ben Casey". In 1966 he was chosen to play Dan Briggs, the original leader of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), on the show "Mission: Impossible". He was replaced by Peter Graves after one season. He went on a break from acting for the next ten years and in 1977, returned in the television series "The Andros Targets". He would continue acting in both film and television until being chosen for the role of Adam Schiff on the series "Law and Order" in 1990. He continued in this role until 2000 when he retired from acting. His film credits included "A Lady Without Passport" (1950), "Storm Fear" (1955), "A Child is Waiting" (1963), "Yentl" (1983), "Legal Eagles" (1986), "Billy Bathgate" (1991), and "The Firm" (1993). Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye

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Steven Hill passed away on August 23, 2016 in New York, New York United States at 94 years old. He was buried in Cremation., Monsey, New York United States. He was born in 1922 in Seattle, Washington United States. We have no information about Steven's family.

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In 1922, in the year that Steven Hill was born, on James Joyce's 40th birthday, his book Ulysses was published in France. The book covers the experiences of an Irishman in Dublin on an ordinary day, 16 June 1904. Now considered a classic, it was controversial at the time. Due to some sexual content, the book was banned in the U.S. during the 1920's and the U.S. Post Office destroyed 500 copies of the novel.

In 1945, Steven was 23 years old when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

In 1952, at the age of 30 years old, Steven was alive when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1966, when he was 44 years old, on July 1st, Medicare became available after President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act in 1965. President Truman had received the first Medicare card since he had been the first to propose national healthcare law. insurance.

In 1980, Steven was 58 years old when on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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