Super sad news coming out of the land of television today.
If you’ve ever watched Law & Order (and come on, who hasn’t?), you know and love Steven Hill, the actor who played the show’s original district attorney, Adam Schiff, from 1990-2000.
Sadly, the television veteran passed away on Tuesday, according to the New York Times. He was 94 years old.
Hill wasn’t just known for playing D.A. Schiff on the famous NBC show — he worked for more than 50 years, starring in such television shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1957), The Untouchables (1962), King (1978), and thirtysomething (1988).
Notably, he was also the man who originated the role of Daniel Briggs in the first season of Mission: Impossible in 1966, though he was replaced by actor Peter Graves for the remainder of the series.
The longtime actor understood how the biz worked, too, telling the Times about his career in a revealing 1996 interview:
“What we have here is a story of profound instability and impermanence. This is what you learn at the beginning in show business; then it gets planted in you forever.”
Dick Wolf, the creator and longtime producer of Law & Order, released a statement to the media about his longtime collaborator’s passing, saying:
“Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. He is also the only actor I’ve known who consistently tried to cut his own lines. He will be missed but fortunately he can be seen ubiquitously on ├óΓé¼╦£Law & Order’ reruns.”
Amen to that.
Hill leaves behind a wife and nine children at his passing.
R.I.P. Mr. Hill.
[Image via NBC.]