Ned Eisenberg, ‘Law and Order: SVU’ actor, dies at 65

Ned EisenbergDied, a theater and film actor who played defense attorney Roger Kressler in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Detective Hauser in Mary of Easttown. He was 65 years old.

His clients at Nicolosi & Co confirmed his death. Eisenberg’s wife, Patricia, said in a statement: “As Ned said, he was attacked by two very rare killers – cholangiocarcinoma and eye melanoma. For two years, he bravely fought the cancers in private while continuing to work on show business to make sure he was That his medical coverage paid for him and his family.”

Eisenberg has also acted in feature films, playing Sally Mendoza in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” and photographer Joe Rosenthal in Flags of Our Fathers.

Among his other featured roles are Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center”, “Without Borders”, “Will Not Back Down”, “Experimenter”, “Asher”, “The Exterminator”, “The Burning”, “Moving Violations”, “Air America and “Last Man Standing”, “Primary Colors” and “A Civil Action” by Stephen Zillian.

On television, he starred in the comedy “The Fanelli Boys” with co-stars Christopher Meloni and Joe Pantoliano.

He had recurring roles on HBO’s “Mare of Easttown”, “The Night Of”, “Little Voice”, “Person of Interest”, “The Black Donnellys” and “Law & Order”. He has also starred in shows including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Conspiracy Against America,” “The Black List,” “The Elementary,” “The Bull,” “White Collar,” “The Good Wife,” and “Madam Secretary,” 30 Rock”, “The Big C” and “New Amsterdam”.

Born in the Bronx, he began working in theater on Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” after attending High School of Music and Arts. His other Broadway roles came in “Green Bird” directed by Julie Taymour, “Wake up and sing!” “Golden Boy”, “Rocky” and most recently the “Six Degrees of Separation” revival.

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Eisenberg has had leading roles in theaters including Theater for a New Audience, New York City Centre, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Vineyard, Second Stage, and Ensemble Studio Theatre.

He also co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York in 1987.

Eisenberg is survived by his wife, actress Patricia Dunnock, and son, Leno Eisenberg.

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