Jerry Orbach: Jennifer Graylock/AP
Mickey O'Connor
December 01, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Veteran actor Jerry Orbach has prostate cancer, according to a statement from his manager. Orbach played Det. Lennie Briscoe on the original Law & Order since 1992, but left at the end of last season to headline Law & Order: Trial by Jury, a new spinoff that debuts in January on NBC.

According to Trial by Jury producer Dick Wolf, Orbach’s treatment thus far has not interrupted the new show’s prodction schedule. ”We expect he’ll be fine. He’s been playing golf, shooting his episodes and doing real well,” manager Robert Malcolm told the New York Daily News.

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