Steven Hill, who had the lead rolls in two popular television shows Mission: Impossible and Law and Order just died in Manhattan. He was 94.
Hill’s career spans more than four decades, and first became famous playing Daniel Briggs, who led the covert-operations unit in Mission: Impossible.
This is sad:
Almost a quarter-century after that experience, Mr. Hill took on the role of the stern, seemingly imperturbable district attorney Adam Schiff on a new cops-and-lawyers series based in New York, “Law & Order.” He played the role, said to be modeled on the long-serving Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, from 1990 to 2000.
In a 1996 interview with The Washington Post, Dick Wolf, the creator of “Law & Order,” called Mr. Hill “the Talmudic influence on the entire zeitgeist of the series.”
“Steven has more moral authority than anyone else on episodic TV,” Mr. Wolf said.
Mr. Hill and Mr. Morgenthau often met during the “Law & Order” years and talked about what the character should do in certain situations. In a phone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Morgenthau said that after Mr. Hill had heard the advice, “He’d say, ‘I guess I’ve got to be a lot tougher.’”
Besides his wife and his daughter Ms. Gobioff, he is survived by three more daughters, Betsy Hill, Pamela Hill, and Hanna Hendler; five sons, John, Matthew, Jacob, Joshua, and Samuel; a sister, Joan Weiss; a brother, Charles Hill; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Let us pray for Hill’s family during this difficult time. RIP.