Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, RIP

Sad news this morning with the passing of veteran actor Steven Hill at the age of 94. Hill is probably best known for his time as District Attorney Adam Schiff on the original Law & Order, a role that he played for the show's first ten seasons. Many DA's followed in Hill's wake (including his immediate successor, Oscar-winner Dianne Wiest, and Fred Thompson, who himself passed away just under a year ago), but all labored under the considerable shadow that he cast. Before that, the actor also made his mark on the 1960s Mission: Impossible series, playing IMF leader Dan Briggs on the iconic series' first season, before the late Peter Graves stepped in as his successor, Jim Phelps. Of course, both of these roles are part of a long and prosperous career that spanned more than half a century, and included both film and television work. While he'd been off-camera for the latter part of his life, he's left behind a legacy that ensure his work will be watched and appreciated for years to come.

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