The grim reaper, super busy this year, has struck once again and this time, it's one of the acting profession's most notably talented individuals. Steven Hill has died at age 94. A member of the Actor's Studio, he was a highly regarded thespian of stage, film, and television, notably becoming the first (throughout season 1's) leader of the latter's Mission Impossible (1966 - 1967) task force, the smooth and confident Dan Briggs. He also made a lasting impression as D.A. Adam Schiff on the immensely popular series Law & Order (1990 - 2000). Few actors were as convincing in their roles as Steven Hill. In films, Hill's uncanny ability to disappear into the parts he played often meant his "performance" would go unnoticed. His typically soft-spoken but assured demeanor suggested his characters' many years of dependable tried-and-true experience, and considerably enhanced the authenticity of Eyewitness, Rich and Famous, Yentl, Garbo Talks, Raw Deal, Legal Eagles, and Running on Empty, amongst others. From a scene-stealing point of view, Hill could blow even the best of his fellow actors off the screen: James Woods in The Boost, Dustin Hoffman in Billy Bathgate and Ed Harris in The Firm come to mind. He made his film debut in the Hedy Lamarr starring noir Lady Without Passport and afterward received larger parts in Storm Fear, The Goddess, and Kiss Her Goodbye. In 1963 Hill gave a stunning portrayal of deep conviction as the emotionally devastated father of an intellectually disabled boy in John Cassavetes' A Child is Waiting. This most challenging role required Hill to deplorably abandon his only child and yet still elicit considerable sympathetic support. Hill exceeded those expectations with consummate skill and aplomb, more than holding his own with Gena Rowlands as his wife, Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland, his son's institutional caretakers. This truly legendary actor of staggering professionalism will be sorely missed. Steven Hill (February 24, 1922 - August 23, 2016) R.I.P.