|Sounds like Chris Orbach, son of the late “Law & Order” actor Jerry Orbach could use a little of Jack McCoy’s legal advice. The 39-year-old son of the beloved star of stage and screen has lashed out at his stepmother for allegedly cutting he and his brother out of Jerry’s $10 million estate.|
In a letter obtained by the New York Post, Chris calls Orbach’s second wife Elaine Cancilla-Orbach “a double-dealing, lying, scheming, miserable fool” who, with the help of “cut-rate borscht belt” lawyers has “painted (herself) as the beginning and the end of the Jerry Orbach Legacy.”
All Chris has to remember his famous father by are a few CDs, two sweaters, a pool cue and a pocketknife, he claims in the four-page letter he wrote to his step-mother. Jerry Orbach died of cancer in 2004.
Trusts were set up for he and his brother, Tony, but they don’t revert to the sons until Elaine’s death.
“In the meantime,” he tells the Post’s Michael Riedel, “she can take the interest from the trust and raid the priciple if she needs the money. We were told, basically, that it would be nice if there’s something for you, but don’t count on it.
Chris also blasts Elaine’s decision to donate his father’s eyes, saying, “Having to leave my father’s deathbed so that some guy with an ice box could shuck his eyes out while they were fresh still makes me sick and furious to this day.”
Elaine, whom Chris says manipulated his father, says her step-son is full of bull, noting that Chris was never aware of Jerry’s wish to donate his eyes upon his death.
As for the money, she tells the Post “he set up his will to protect me. The money that we earned from ‘Law & Order’ was for our retirement...His kids were in his will. And they are in my will, although I’m not sure Chris is going to stay there after this.”