Steven Hill

Born Feb 24, 1922

Steven Hill is an American film and television actor. His two better-known roles are District Attorney Adam Schiff on the NBC TV drama series Law & Order, whom he portrayed for ten seasons (1990–2000), and Dan Briggs, the original team leader of the Impossible Missions Force on CBS's television series Mission: Impossible, whom he portrayed only in the initial season of the show (1966–67).… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on February 24, 1922.


1946 24 Years Old Hill made his first Broadway stage appearance in Ben Hecht's A Flag Is Born in 1946, which also featured a young Marlon Brando. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old In 1947, Hill joined Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Julie Harris, among others, as one of the 50 fortunate applicants (out of about 700 interviewed) to be accepted by the newly created Actors Studio.
1950 28 Years Old Hill made his film debut in 1950 in A Lady Without Passport.
1951 29 Years Old Hill and his first wife, Selma Stern, were married in 1951 and had four children before divorcing in 1964.


1952 30 Years Old He then re-enlisted in the Navy in 1952 for two years and, when he completed his service, resumed his acting in earnest. … Read More
1960 38 Years Old Hill was particularly busy in the so-called "Golden Age" of live TV drama, appearing in such offerings as The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1960, where he portrayed Bartolomeo Vanzetti. "When I first became an actor, there were two young actors in New York: Marlon Brando and Steven Hill," said Martin Landau. "A lot of people said that Steven would have been the one, not Marlon. … Read More
In 1961, Hill had an unusual experience when he appeared as Sigmund Freud on Broadway in Henry Denker's A Far Country, portraying Freud at the age of 35.


1966 44 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared in the original Robert Stack ABC/Desilu crime drama, The Untouchables episode "Jack 'Legs' Diamond", giving a compelling, cold, evil performance as the eponymous character, and a similar sinister role as a bedridden (following an accident), ruthlessly manipulative millionaire in "The White Knight", a 1966 black-and-white, third-season episode of The Fugitive, starring David Janssen. … Read More
However, he left the show in 1967 after the end of the first season. … Read More


1977 55 Years Old After 10 years, he was ready to begin acting again. "They say you can't quit show business," he said in 1977. "It took 10 years, but I couldn't get it out of my system. … Read More


1986 64 Years Old Hill played New York District Attorney Bower in Legal Eagles, a 1986 film, foreshadowing his appearance as Adam Schiff in Law & Order. … Read More
1997 75 Years Old Hill earned another Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1997.
2010 88 Years Old At the time of his departure from Law & Order, Hill was the longest-serving member of the original cast (his tenure was twice that of runner up Chris Noth); by the time the series was cancelled in 2010, Hill was the fourth-longest serving cast member altogether (behind S. … Read More
2016 95 Years Old Hill died in New York, New York on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at the age of 94. … Read More
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