Canadian actor Harvey Atkin of ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Cagney & Lacey’ fame dead at 74
Canadian actor Harvey Atkin, who was a regular on hit U.S. dramas “Law & Order’’ and “Cagney & Lacey,’’ died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 74.
His death was confirmed in a statement by his longtime friend and agent Larry Goldhar.
Atkin’s career first took flight in 1979 when Canadian filmmaker Ivan Reitman cast the actor in the summer camp comedy “Meatballs,’’ which costarred Bill Murray, Kate Lynch and Chris Makepeace. His performance as Morty Melnick earned Atkin a Genie nomination
He appeared regularly as staff sergeant Ronald Coleman in the ‘80s detective drama “Cagney & Lacey’’ opposite Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless and Al Waxman. Atkin was also a regular on “Law and Order’’ as Judge Ridenour.
The actor lent his voice talents to a number of animated TV shows, including “Jacob Two-Two,’’ and several Super Mario Bros. series.