|Jerry Orbach has a tough case on his hands. |
The actor, who has portrayed Detective Lennie Briscoe on NBC's Law & Order for the last 12 seasons, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his manager confirmed to E!
Orbach's manager, Robert Malcolm, said the actor had been receiving treatment for the disease since last spring. He said Orbach, 69, had not had surgery.
Malcolm declined to discuss how advanced Orbach's cancer was, but said the prognosis was good.
"We expect he'll be fine," Malcolm told the New York Daily News. "He's been playing golf, shooting his episodes and doing real well."
Orbach left Law & Order at the end of last season, and will now be headlining a new spinoff series, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, which is scheduled to debut early next year.
Trial by Jury will be the fourth installment in the L&O franchise, created by Dick Wolf.
Wolf said that Orbach's illness "has not affected production of [the show] in any way.
"Jerry is one of the great actors of his generation," Wolf told the Daily News.
"He has been both a colleague and a friend for almost 15 years. He is dealing with an unfortunate medical situation right now. We expect him to make a full and swift recovery, and while he is receiving treatment, we will work around his schedule."
Malcolm said Orbach told his former L&O castmates about his illness when he said his goodbyes in April.
"I think it's a measure of their respect for Jerry that there hasn't been a word about it till now," Malcolm said.
During his years on L&O, Orbach netted one Emmy nomination for Lead Actor and seven Screen Actors Guild nominations as part of the show's ensemble cast.
Apart from playing the wisecracking Briscoe on the small screen for the last decade-plus, Orbach is a veteran of both the stage and cinema.
On the New York stage, Orbach created the roles of El Gallo in the long-running off-Broadway sensation The Fantasticks, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street.
Orbach won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for Promises, Promises in 1969 and was nominated for Tonys for his performances in Guys and Dolls in 1965 and Chicago in 1976.
He played Baby Houseman's (Jennifer Grey) stern, but loving father in 1987's cult classic, Dirty Dancing, and provided the voice of the cheery candelabra Lumiere in 1991's Oscar-nominated animated feature Beauty and the Beast.
As the seasoned Briscoe on Trial by Jury, Orbach will preside over a cast that includes Candice Bergen, Bebe Neuwirth and Carey Lowell.