Hill as Dan Briggs on Mission: Impossible
February 24, 1922
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Died||August 23, 2016
Monsey, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Years active||1946–1967, 1977–2000|
|Spouse(s)||Selma Stern (m. 1951–64)
Rachel (m. 1967)
Career[change | change source]
Hill was a founder member of the Actor's Studio in 1947. He made his first movie, A Lady Without Passport, in 1950. In 1952 he reenlisted into the US Navy for two years, and then began concentrating on his acting. In 1955 he co-starred with Kim Stanley and Lloyd Bridges, The Goddess directed by John Cromwell.
In 1961 a play had caused Hill to rexamine his religion, and he began to follow Orthodox Judaism. As a result he refused to work on Friday evenings or Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, and he had to give up his stage career.
In 1966. he played the role of Daniel Briggs in the CBS TV series Mission Impossible. Briggs was the leader of I.M.F. Steven Hill left the series after one season and was replaced by Peter Graves. Hill had refused to work extra time or reshoot scenes on Sabbath. He also took time every day to pray three times. After leaving Mission Impossible, Hill left acting for 10 years, and moved to a Jewish community in Rockland County, New York where he worked in writing and real estate.
The 1980's brought a lot of work to Hill. He performed in movies such as Eyewitness (1981), directed by Peter Yates, Yentl (1983), starring and directed by Barbra Streisand, Garbo Talks (1984) directed by Sidney Lumet, Raw Deal (1986) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Legal Eagles (1986), with Robert Redford and Heartburn (1986) with Jack Nicholson.
Law & Order[change | change source]
In 2011, he had a special participation in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Filmography[change | change source]
|1958||The Goddess||John Tower|
|1959||Kiss Her Goodbye||Ed Wilson|
|1963||A Child Is Waiting||Ted Widdicombe|
|1965||The Slender Thread|
|1966/1967||Mission Impossible||Daniel Briggs||TV series|
|1978||King||Stanley Levison||TV mini-series|
|1980||It's My Turn||Jacob|
|1981||Rich and Famous||Jules Levi|
|1983||Yentl||Reb Alter Vishkower|
|1984||Garbo Talks||Walter Rolfe|
|1986||On Valentine's Day||George Tyler|
|1986||Raw Deal||Martin Lamanski|
|1986||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Mr. Stroheim|
|1988||Running on Empty||Donald Patterson|
|1988||The Boost||Max Sherman|
|1990||White Palace||Sol Horowitz|
|1990/2000||Law & Order||D.A. Adam Schiff||TV series|
|1991||Billy Bathgate||Otto Berman|
|1993||The Firm||F. Denton Voyles|
|1995||Where's the Money, Noreen?||Brian Olmsted||TV movie|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Hospital Guard||TV series|
References[change | change source]
- New York Times. "Signoff; On 'Law and Order,' a Real Idealist." February 2, 1996.
- Time Magazine. "New Play on Broadway" April 14, 1961.