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Also Known As: Solomon Krakovsky Died:
Born: February 24, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, USA Profession: actor, real estate agent

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Consummate character player who first appeared on Broadway in the short-lived Ben Hecht drama "A Flag Is Born" (1946), opposite Paul Muni and Marlon Brando, and made his film debut in "A Lady Without Passport" (1950). A veteran of live TV drama (notably "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" 1958 and "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story" 1960), Hill has specialized in playing figures of moral authority. He played the father of Jill Clayburgh, in "It's My Turn" (1980); Meryl Streep, in "Heartburn" (1986); and Christine Lahti, in "Running on Empty" (1988). The actor excelled as Otto Berman, math wizard and mentor to the title character in "Billy Bathgate" (1991). Hill also spent ten years (1990-2000) as pragmatic D.A. Adam Schiff on the NBC TV series, "Law & Order".

Consummate character player who first appeared on Broadway in the short-lived Ben Hecht drama "A Flag Is Born" (1946), opposite Paul Muni and Marlon Brando, and made his film debut in "A Lady Without Passport" (1950). A veteran of live TV drama (notably "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" 1958 and "The Sacco-Vanzetti Story" 1960), Hill has specialized in playing figures of moral authority. He played the father of Jill Clayburgh, in "It's My Turn" (1980); Meryl Streep, in "Heartburn" (1986); and Christine Lahti, in "Running on Empty" (1988). The actor excelled as Otto Berman, math wizard and mentor to the title character in "Billy Bathgate" (1991). Hill also spent ten years (1990-2000) as pragmatic D.A. Adam Schiff on the NBC TV series, "Law & Order".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Where's the Money, Noreen? (1995) Brian Olmsted
2.
 Firm, The (1993) F Denton Voyles
3.
 Billy Bathgate (1991) Otto Berman
4.
 White Palace (1990) Sol Horowitz
5.
 Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989) Mr Morosco
6.
 Boost, The (1988) Max
7.
 Running on Empty (1988) Mr Patterson
8.
 Heartburn (1986) Harry
9.
 Between Two Women (1986) Teddy Petherton
10.
 Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Mr Stroheim
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1948:
TV acting debut, "Actor's Studio"
1950:
Feature acting debut, "A Lady Without Passport"
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Moved to New York to pursue acting career in the 1950s
1946:
Broadway debut as Marlon Brando's understudy (opposite Paul Muni) in Ben Hecht's "A Flag is Born"
:
Appeared on Broadway in the original productions of "Mr Roberts", "The Country Girl" and as Sigmund Freud in "A Far Country"
1965:
Formed own production company
1966:
Starred as Daniel Briggs, the original lead in the first season of the TV series "Mission Impossible"
:
Gave up acting; sold real estate, tried to write and went to live in a community of religious Jews in Rockland County NY where he studied the Bible and the psalms of David (date approximate)
1980:
Returned to film in "It's My Turn"
:
Starred as D.A. Adam Schiff on dramatic TV series, "Law & Order" (NBC)
2002:
Appeared in a series of TV and print commercials for TD Waterhouse Investor Services
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Notes

"I really don't seek to be center stage and pursue the spotlight. When the scene is mine, I know it's mine, and I'll play it. But for the most part, I love the give and take between actors. That's where the joy is to me."--Steven Hill on being a character actor in Entertainment Weekly, November 8, 1991.

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brother:
Charles Krakovsky. Younger.

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