'Law and Order' Actor Tony Lo Bianco Dead at 87

The world of Law & Order lost one of their own after actor Tony Lo Bianco passed away on Tuesday, June 11.

His representative shared a statement confirming the sad news, noting that he died of prostate cancer at his horse farm located in Maryland, adding in an email to Fox News, "His wife, Alyse, was by his side."

The Italian-American actor was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936, and raised by parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. He was encouraged to explore acting at a young age thanks to teachers at school, and after high school, he attended the Dramatic Workshop to study the arts.

Lo Bianco started his acting career in theater and found great success early on, appearing on Broadway in various productions in the '60s after founding the Triangle Theatre in 1963.

He reportedly made his screen debut around the same time with his first credited role on IMDb as Sal Gardella in The Doctors. His film debut occurred in 1965 in the movie The Sex Perils of Paulette, but soon enough, he secured roles in memorable movies like The Honeymoon Killers in 1970 and William Friedkin's The French Connection in 1971, which co-starred Gene Hackman and went on to with the Oscar for Best Picture.

Throughout his illustrious career, Lo Bianco also acted in a number of well-known television series, including Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

He appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, Murder, She Wrote, Palace Guard and Police Story, among other notable shows and films. In more recent years, the actor took on fewer roles, and his last screen appearance was in the film Somewhere in Queens in 2022.

Regarding Lo Bianco's personal life, the late actor is reportedly survived by his wife Alyse and his daughters Miriamne and Nina, whom he shares with his first wife, Dora Landey. The former couple also share a third daughter named Anna, who passed away from cancer years ago, as Lo Bianco revealed in a past interview.

He was also previously married to Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, his second wife, between 2002 and 2008. Lo Bianco and Alyse tied the knot in 2015.

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