Steven Hill Biography

Birthday: 1922-02-24
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington USA
Height: 5' 11½" (1.82 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1922, as Solomon Krakovsky, to Russian immigrants, Hill became interested in the theater as a little boy. After graduation from high school, he served in the Naval Reserve (1940-44). From there, he worked alongside a young, unknown star Marlon Brando in "A Flag is Born." His real acting debut came about in 1950, when he co-starred opposite Hedy Lamarr in A Lady Without Passport (1950), and his career took off from there. For the rest of the 1950s and 1960s, he co-starred in B-movies such as: The Goddess (1958), Kiss Her Goodbye (1959), A Child Is Waiting (1963), The Slender Thread (1965). Hill also became a leading character actor guest-starring in a wide variety of shows such as: "Schlitz Playhouse" (1951), "Danger" (1950), "Playwrights '56" (1955), "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948), "Playhouse 90" (1956), "Naked City" (1958), "Espionage" (1963), "Dr. Kildare" (1961), "Ben Casey" (1961), among many others. Another guest-starring role on "Rawhide" (1959), led him to starring on "Mission: Impossible" (1966). Though the series lasted seven seasons, Hill was not pleased with his role, all because he refused to abide by the production schedule, despite being an Orthodox Jew. Hill was fired after 1 season, and was replaced in the series by Peter Graves. After his firing, he went on a sabbatical from acting, to focus on selling homes in real estate, hence he moved to New York. After his long absence from acting, he returned to the small screen with the TV mini-series, "King" (1978). The 1980s saw Hill returning to the box office, co-starring in such blockbuster films such as: It's My Turn (1980), opposite Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas, Eyewitness (1981), Yentl (1983), Garbo Talks (1984), opposite Anne Bancroft and Carrie Fisher, On Valentine's Day (1986), and it's sequel, Courtship (1987), he played a Mafia Don in Arnold Schwarzenegger's another blockbuster film, Raw Deal (1986), then, in a blockbuster ten movie Running on Empty (1988), followed by The Boost (1988), White Palace (1990), and one of the last films, Billy Bathgate (1991). In the 1990s, at 68, after a 23-year-absence from the small screen, he reestablished his career, as the last minute replacement for a starring role in "Law & Order" (1990), where he played the role of a pragmatic District Attorney, Adam Schiff, a character whom everyone grew to love. Despite not appearing in the pilot episode of the series, he quickly became one of Hollywood's likable and bankable stars, where he often had scenes, that were filmed, only in court. His co-stars on the show consisted of actors who have also made bankable names like Hill himself like Chris Noth, former "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986) alumnae, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, and newcomers Jill Hennessey and Benjamin Bratt. On "Law & Order" (1990) he was also nominated for Emmies twice, but did not win. The entire cast was shock, when in 2000, he left his role, to enjoy his retirement. Before then, the entire cast appeared with Hill on "Larry King Live" (1985), to say goodbye to a legendary star. Today, he lives in retirement.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Playwrights 56 Stobin / ... 1955 Comedy
Between Two Women 1986 Drama
The Real World Himself 1992 -
The Firm F. Denton Voyles 1993 Thriller
Teachers Sloan 2018 - 2019
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
A Child Is Waiting 1965 Drama
Rich and Famous 1981
Yentl 1983 0, 0
Garbo Talks 1984 Comedy, Drama
Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 0, 0
On Valentine's Day George Tyler 1986 Drama
Raw Deal 1986 Action, Crime, Thriller
Legal Eagles 1986 Comedy, Crime, Romance
Heartburn Harry Samstat 1986 Comedy, Drama
Running on Empty 1988 Comedy, Biography
The Boost 1988 Drama, Romance
White Palace 1990 Drama, Romance
Billy Bathgate 1991 Comedy, 0, 0
The Firm F. Denton Voyles 1993 0
Assata aka Joanne Chesimard Sundiata Acoli 2008 Drama