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‘Law & Order’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’ TV actor Steven Hill dead at 94

Posted at 4:47 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 16:47:37-04

MONSEY, New York – Steven Hill, best known for playing District Attorney Adam Schiff on NBC’s “Law & Order,” has died, his son Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Hill confirmed to CNN. He was 94.

Hill died in Monsey, New York, according to The New York Times.

Hill was part of the “Law & Order” cast for 10 years until he left in 2000.

His character’s dry wit made him a fan favorite.

“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,” “Law & Order” creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement to CNN. “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 ‘Law & Order’ reruns.”

Previously, Hill was best known for his role in the “Mission: Impossible” TV series, which aired in 1966-67.

In the ’80s and ’90s he appeared in multiple films, including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl” and “The Firm.”