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Old 08-23-16, 02:24 PM
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RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

http://deadline.com/2016/08/steven-h...ar-1201807511/

Steven Hill, who played District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order in the 1990s, and also had a starring role on the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible, has died. His daughter, Sarah Gobioff, told The New York Times, Hill died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y. He was 94.

Hill portrayed the Schiff character for 10 seasons on NBC’s Law & Order, from 1990-2000, and Dan Briggs, the original team leader of the Impossible Missions Force on CBS’ Mission: Impossible series in its initial 1966-67 season.

Hill began his careeer on the Broadway stage in Ben Hecht’s A Flag Is Born in 1946, which also featured a young Marlon Brando. Hill says his big break came when he landed a small part in the hit Broadway show Mister Roberts.

He segued to film in 1950 with his debut in A Lady Without Passport, but was particularly busy during the so-called “Golden Age” of live TV drama, appearing in The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1960, in the role of Bartolomeo Vanzetti, among others.

His other TV work includes guest roles in ABC’s Adventures in Paradise, and the original Robert Stack ABC/Desilu crime drama, The Untouchables episode “Jack ‘Legs’ Diamond” playing the eponymous character. He also played the ruthlessly manipulative millionaire in “The White Knight”, a 1966 third-season episode of The Fugitive, starring David Janssen.

Hill’s early screen credits include The Goddess and A Child Is Waiting.

I just got the complete series of the original Mission Impossible and saw that he was the original IMF team leader pre-Peter Graves.

He had a nice long run on Law and Order too.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

I believe he left MI because as an Orthodox Jew he couldn't get off the times he needed.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

He always had the perfect "world weary" delivery on Law and Order. RIP.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

Awful news.

I remember watching a lot of those 90s Law and Order episodes and loved his cantankerous Adam Schiff character. I loved it when he used to point out what an utter moron McCoy in episodes. They showed a fair number of scenes with him eating for whatever reason.

I don't think the show was ever as good after he left. Fred Thompson was pretty weak as the DA in my opinnon.

RIP to one of my favorite tv actors of all time.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

RIP but tbh, I kind of thought he died years ago.

Have enjoyed watching those 90s episodes of L&O lately.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

Loved cranky Adam Schiff.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

I actually thought of him the other day, saw that he was 94 and thought it was pretty cool that he was still around. Maybe I shouldn't have... In any event, he was always one of my favorites on L&O - Fred Thompson and Dianne Wiest couldn't hold a candle to him.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

How many seasons did Waterston have as the DA? 2?
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

I watched two L&O marathons this weekend and thankfully they were all from the Schiff years. He was the best of the DAs and I love his scene in the film Running on Empty.
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I have never seen a single episode of the Law and Order franchise.
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Re: RIP Steven Hill -- Star of Law and Order and Mission Impossible

He was good in MI, but Graves was better. He played a good part in Law and Order as he seemed continually pissed off and wishing he was somewhere else. Kinda for the role.

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