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"Love – a dangerous disease instantly cured by marriage" ― Briscoe's signature wit

Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe is a fictional character on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order. He is a tough, sarcastic police detective known for his dry wit and penchant for one-liners.

He is portrayed by the late Jerry Orbach.

Why He Rocks

  • He is easily the best character in the Law & Order franchise.
  • Orbach plays him as a throwback to the world-weary, wise-cracking gumshoes of the film noir era, such as Sam Spade.
  • He has the best one-liners of any character in the series, to the point that they have become his trademark.
  • The character includes elements of tragedy, such as his struggle with alcoholism and the murder of his daughter.
  • He has great chemistry with all of his onscreen partners.
  • Orbach, as Briscoe, is included in New York City's roster of "Living Landmarks".

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