Steven Hill

Biography: After a four-year hitch with the Naval Reserve, actor Steven Hill made his first New York stage appearance in Ben Hecht's A Flag is Born (1946), which also featured a young Marlon Brando. Hill made his film debut in 1950, then returned to the Navy for two more years before settling down to acting on a permanent basis. He was particularly busy in the so-called Golden Age of live TV drama, appearing in such prestigious video offerings as The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti (1959). In 1966, he was cast as Daniel Briggs--as in "Good morning, Mr. Briggs"--on the hit TV adventure series Mission: Impossible. He left this lucrative assignment in 1967, reportedly because his Orthodox Jewish faith prevented him from filming on weekends; his replacement was Peter Graves as "Mr. Phelps" (in 1989, Hill guest-starred on the short-lived Mission: Impossible revival). Hill remained very much in demand throughout the 1980s and 1990s playing parental and authority-figure roles in such films as YentlAfter a four-year hitch with the Naval Reserve, actor Steven Hill made his first New York stage appearance in Ben Hecht's A Flag is Born (1946), which also featured a young Marlon Brando. Hill made his film debut in 1950, then returned to the Navy for two more years before settling down to acting on a permanent basis. He was particularly busy in the so-called Golden Age of live TV drama, appearing in such prestigious video offerings as The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti (1959). In 1966, he was cast as Daniel Briggs--as in "Good morning, Mr. Briggs"--on the hit TV adventure series Mission: Impossible. He left this lucrative assignment in 1967, reportedly because his Orthodox Jewish faith prevented him from filming on weekends; his replacement was Peter Graves as "Mr. Phelps" (in 1989, Hill guest-starred on the short-lived Mission: Impossible revival). Hill remained very much in demand throughout the 1980s and 1990s playing parental and authority-figure roles in such films as Yentl (1983) Heartburn (1986) and Billy Bathgate (1991). Contemporary TV viewers are most familiar with Steven Hill for his work as Michael Steadman's father on thirtysomething (1987-91) and DA Adam Schiff on the weekly TVer Law and Order, a role he stayed with from 1990 to 2000. Hill died in 2016, at age 94. Expand

Steven Hill's Scores

Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 68 Yentl
Lowest Metascore: 39 Teachers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
11 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
58 The Firm Jun 30, 1993 F. Denton Voyles 8.5
66 White Palace Oct 19, 1990 Sol Horowitz tbd
67 Running on Empty Sep 9, 1988 Donald Patterson 8.6
54 Brighton Beach Memoirs Dec 25, 1986 Mr. Stroheim tbd
49 Heartburn Jul 25, 1986 Harry Samstat tbd
57 Legal Eagles Jun 20, 1986 Bower tbd
44 Raw Deal Jun 6, 1986 Martin Lamanski 6.9
39 Teachers Oct 5, 1984 Sloan tbd
68 Yentl Jan 6, 1984 Reb Alter Vishkower tbd
52 Rich and Famous Oct 9, 1981 Jules Levi tbd
61 Eyewitness Feb 13, 1981 Lt. Jacobs tbd