|Long-time "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach, currently shooting the latest spinoff of the NBC franchise, is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.|
Orbach, 69, was diagnosed in the spring and has since been receiving treatment for the disease, the most common form of cancer among men in the United States. He hasn't had surgery, says his manager, Robert Malcolm.
"We expect he'll be fine," Malcolm tells New York's Daily News. "He's been playing golf, shooting his episodes and doing real well."
A Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy nominee, Orbach played Detective Lennie Briscoe on "Law & Order" for 12 seasons -- the longest run of any actor on the series, now in its 15th year. He'll reprise the character, now an investigator for the Manhattan DA's office, when "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" debuts on NBC in the spring.
"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf calls Orbach "one of the great actors of his generation."
"He has been both a colleague and a friend for almost 15 years," Wolf tells the paper. "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."