Steven Hill

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Steven Hill
Hill as Dan Briggs on Mission: Impossible
Solomon Krakovsky

(1922-02-24)February 24, 1922
DiedAugust 23, 2016(2016-08-23) (aged 94)
Cause of deathCancer
Years active1946–1967, 1977–2000
Selma Stern (m. 1951–1964)

Rachel (m. 1967)
AwardsSylvania Award

Steven Hill born Solomon Krakovsky[1] February 24, 1922 – August 23, 2016 was an American actor.

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,[1] 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.[2]

Among his works in the 1970s, he played a role in the Abby Mann miniseries "King" (1978) based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

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]

His best known role is that of District Attorney Adam Schiff, in the NBC TV series Law & Order. He played the character of the District Attorney for 230 episodes, between 1990 and 2000.

In 2011, he had a special participation in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

For Law & Order, Hill was nominated for an Emmy in 1998 and 1999.

Death[change | change source]

Hill died in Monsey, New York of cancer on August 23, 2016, at the age of 94.[3][4]

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Títle Role Notes
1955 Storm Fear Benjie
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 Eyewitness Lieutenant Jacobs
1981 Rich and Famous Jules Levi
1983 Yentl Reb Alter Vishkower
1984 Teachers Sloan
1984 Garbo Talks Walter Rolfe
1986 On Valentine's Day George Tyler
1986 Raw Deal Martin Lamanski
1986 Legal Eagles Bower
1986 Heartburn Harry Samstat
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs Mr. Stroheim
1987 Courtship George Tyler
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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 New York Times. "Signoff; On 'Law and Order,' a Real Idealist." February 2, 1996.
  2. Time Magazine. "New Play on Broadway" April 14, 1961.
  3. "Petira of R' Shlomo (Steven) Hill Z'L [UPDATED]". Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  4. Dagan, Carmel (2016-08-23). "Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on 'Law & Order,' Dies at 94". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-22.

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