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Longtime Dobbs Ferry Resident Ed Sherin, 'Law & Order' Director, 87

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Longtime Dobbs Ferry resident and "Law & Order" director Ed Sherin, died Thursday, May 4, in Nova Scotia. He was 87.

Sherin, who received eight Emmy nominations and won one Emmy for directing “Law & Order,” was also known for his directing work on “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “L.A. Law,” and “Homicide: Life on the Street."

Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, said in a statement, Sherin was "a vital contributor to the success of 'Law & Order'" and "a consummate professional."

Married to actress Jane Alexander, Sherin was also active in the Directors Guild of America where he served three terms as National Vice President and was instrumental in establishing the DGA Honors and helping to establish a health care and pension plan for actors.

Sherin was born on Jan 15, 1930, in Harrisburg, Pa. He attended Brown University, before joining the armed forces and serving in the Korean War. After the war, he began acting in both theater and television before he discovered the directing bug.

Known for hiring New York actors, Sherin had 13 directing credits on Broadway, including "The Great White Hope," which won Tony Awards for best play, best actor for James Earl Jones and best-featured actress for his wife.

His last Broadway show was 2004's "Prymate," by Tony-winner Mark Medoff.

Sherin is survived by his wife; sons Anthony and Jonathan; step-son Jace Alexander; grandchildren Isabelle, Mac and Finn Alexander, Evan, and Vita Sherin and Hazel Sherin. He was predeceased by his son, Geoffrey, and sister, Edith Markson

A living memorial ceremony was held in Novia Scotia two years ago to mark his 85th birthday and was attended by everyone who knew and loved him.

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