NEW YORK – Somewhere, beloved "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach (search) is smiling.
Orbach, who died last month, picked up a posthumous SAG (search) nod yesterday for his final season of the hit crime-and-punishment show.
The Bronx-born acting legend died on Dec. 29 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan — just four weeks after publicly revealing he had prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment. His agent, Robert Malcolm, said Orbach actually had been fighting the disease for the past decade.
Orbach recently exited "Law & Order" (search) after 12 seasons to work on a spinoff, "Law & Order: Trial By Jury," as lovable, hangdog-faced Detective Lennie Briscoe.
But he was also well known for his many roles on stage, including originating the role of El Gallo in "The Fantasticks" in Greenwich Village. As that character, he introduced the smash song "Try to Remember" to raves.
The day of Orbach's death, Marquee lights along Broadway were dimmed for one minute .