An actor who was a fixture on the NBC procedural “Law & Order,” who also played the original head of the Impossible Missions Force on “Mission: Impossible,” has died. USA Today reports that Steven Hill died today in New York. He was 94.
He had reportedly suffered from multiple ailments.
Hill played District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” for the show’s first 10 seasons, from 1990-2000. On the first season of CBS’s “Mission: Impossible,” airing in the 1966-67 season, he played Dan Briggs, the forerunner to Mr. Phelps, played by Peter Graves.
Hill received back-to-back Emmy nominations in 1998 and 1999 for his work on “Law & Order.”
His TV credits go back to the early days of the medium, when he was a frequent performer on anthology shows such as “Actor’s Studio” and “Theatre of Romance,” both all the way back in 1949. In the 1950s he found steady work on “Suspense,” “Lights Out,” “Goodyear Playhouse,” “Playhouse 90” and many other shows.
But Hill made his biggest mark in 229 episodes of “Law & Order,” and he retired from acting after leaving the show in 2000 as the longest-serving of the original cast members.
Here’s a short clip in which Hill, as D.A. Schiff, tells Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy to take the rest of the week off …