Benjamin Stone Law & Order character, Michael Moriarty Biography, Age

Benjamin Stone (Law & Order character)

Benjamin “Ben” Stone is a fictional character portrayed by Michael Moriarty in the TV drama Law & Order. He was the Executive Assistant District Attorney for New York County until his resignation at the end of season four. He appeared in 88 episodes.

Character overview

The stone works in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office under Alfred Wentworth (in the pilot episode) and Adam Schiff. He was raised in an Irish Catholic family.

He was raised mostly by his Irish grandmother, his father having been an alcoholic. Stone is divorced and has a son, Peter Stone, who was the Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau in Chicago and is now the Chief ADA of the Sex Crimes Bureau in New York, and a daughter, Pamela.

Stone’s prosecutorial methods are portrayed as being grounded in moral principles stemming from his Catholic faith. He is shown to be pro-life and opposed to the death penalty. He also is a strong advocate of social justice, having marched in the civil rights movement.

It is implied that Stone, like actor Moriarty, is a Dartmouth College alumnus, with references to “fraternity row” and New Hampshire.

Benjamin Stone Family

Stone’s son is Peter Stone, formerly a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and lead character on Chicago Justice. Peter first appears on the Chicago P.D. episode “Justice”, which is the backdoor pilot for Chicago Justice.

Peter also appears in season 19 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and eventually becomes the titular sex crimes bureau’s ADA. In several episodes, Peter describes Ben as a distant father who neglected his family in favor of work.

Stone also had a daughter, Pamela, who is introduced in the SVU episode “Send in the Clowns”. Pamela has paranoid schizophrenia and has been hospitalized for most of her life.

According to Peter, their father would visit Pamela once a week, and Peter has continued the visits since their father’s death. She is murdered by sex traffickers in “Remember Me Too”.

Benjamin Stone A career within the show

Stone became Executive Assistant DA in 1985 after convicting con artist and murderer Philip Swann, who years later enters a civil suit against Stone when the validity of the conviction is called into question. (Swann is ultimately found guilty, however, and sent back to prison.) Stone’s assistants have been Paul Robinette and Claire Kincaid.

A strict, unyielding boss, Stone can be very difficult to work with; in the pilot episode, Sergeant Max Greevey and Detective Mike Logan, intimate that Stone “eats ADAs for lunch.” Nevertheless, Stone is usually rather soft-spoken and is fond of using harmless words like “sir” to convey his contempt for the people he prosecutes.

Stone makes his last appearance in the show in the episode “Old Friends,” the final episode of season four. The episode portrays a racketeering case in which the main witness Ann Madsen, whose testimony Stone had secured by threatening to send her to prison, is murdered by the Russian Mafia.

He feels responsible for her death and resigns from the DA’s office. He is succeeded by Jack McCoy as Executive ADA.

Benjamin Stone Post-departure

Stone is mentioned in the 1996 episode “Custody” as a possible witness against a judge. When his former assistant Paul Robinette, now a defense attorney, wants a judge to recuse himself for past comments showing bias against drug addicts and support for forced sterilization, Robinette threatens to subpoena Stone to testify about the comments, which both he and Stone heard the judge make.

Upon hearing of the threat, Schiff informs McCoy that Stone “is traveling in Europe, not available to testify at any hearing.” However, the judge by this time has already declared himself “unavailable” to hear the case.

The opening scene of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode “The Undiscovered Country” (aired in 2018) reveals that Stone has died. His successor, Jack McCoy, gives the eulogy at the funeral.

The SVU episode “Dear Ben” mentions Stone several times. The plot of the episode revolves around the cold case of a serial rapist whom Stone repeatedly attempted to track down and prosecute, to no avail. His son Peter later takes up the case brings the rapist to justice.

Benjamin Stone Reason for departure

Stone’s departure from the series stemmed from actor Michael Moriarty’s dispute with the network and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who in 1993 began promoting legislation to limit portrayals of violence on television.

Moriarty, who was outspoken against Reno and what he felt was government censorship, was scheduled to appear on NBC shows Today and Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric, but both ended up canceled.

Moriarty had already taped his segment for Now; for his Today show appearance, during which he was scheduled to debate Senator Kent Conrad, he was replaced by FCC chairman Reed Hundt.

Both appearances were scheduled to air on January 26, 1994. Moriarty submitted his resignation to producer Dick Wolf on January 25, 1994, and his departure was written into the series.

Michael Moriarty Biography

Michael Moriarty (born April 5, 1941) is an American-Canadian stage and screen actor and jazz musician. He received an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for his first acting role on American television as a Nazi SS officer in the 1978 mini-series Holocaust, and he played Executive Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Stone for the first four seasons (1990–1994) on the television show Law & Order.

Moriarty is also known for his roles in films such as Bang the Drum Slowly, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, Pale Rider, Troll, Courage Under Fire, and Shiloh.

Michael Moriarty Age

Michael Moriarty was born on April 5, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright. He is 78 years old as of 2019

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Michael Moriarty Early life

Michael Moriarty was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 5, 1941. He is the son of Elinor (née Paul) and George Moriarty, a surgeon. His grandfather George Moriarty was a third baseman, umpire, and manager in the major leagues for nearly 40 years.

Moriarty attended middle school at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills before transferring to the University of Detroit Jesuit High School for high school.

He then matriculated at Dartmouth College in the class of 1963, where he was a theatre college major. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, he left for London, England, where he enrolled in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship.

Michael Moriarty Acting career

Before gaining fame in films, Moriarty worked for several years as an actor at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. In 1973, Moriarty was cast as the egocentric Henry Wiggen in Bang the Drum Slowly, a film about the unlikely friendship between two baseball teammates – the second being Robert De Niro, a slow-thinking catcher who becomes terminally ill.

In the same year, Moriarty starred in a TV movie adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie with Katharine Hepburn. Coincidentally, the film also featured Sam Waterston, who later replaced Moriarty as the Executive Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order.

Moriarty’s role in The Glass Menagerie (as “Jim,” the Gentleman Caller; Waterston played the son “Tom”) won him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year. In 1974, Moriarty starred as rookie detective Bo Lockley in the acclaimed gritty police drama Report to the Commissioner.

Moriarty won a Tony Award in 1974 for his performance in the play Find Your Way Home. His career on the screen was slow to develop, while his theatre career was flourishing. He starred as a German SS officer in the television miniseries Holocaust, which earned him another Emmy.

Through the 1980s, Moriarty starred in such Larry Cohen movies as Q, The Stuff, It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive, and A Return to Salem’s Lot (much later, he appeared in Cohen’s Masters of Horror episode “Pick Me Up”), as well as Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider and The Hanoi Hilton.

In 1986, he starred in the fantasy science fiction movie Troll, playing the role of Harry Potter Sr. (unrelated to the 2001 Harry Potter series.)

In 1989, Michael Moriarty starred in the HBO production Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy, which dramatized the Soviet Union’s shoot-down of Korean Air Lines flight 007 in 1983.

He portrayed U.S. Air Force Major Hank Daniels, who was largely ignored if not ridiculed for showing how the ill-fated airliner had strayed off course into airspace known by the Soviets to be used by U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance planes as they approached Soviet airspace.

From 1990 to 1994, Moriarty starred as Ben Stone on Law & Order. He left the show in 1994, alleging that his departure was a result of his threatening a lawsuit against then-Attorney General Janet Reno, who had cited Law & Order as offensively violent. Moriarty criticized Reno’s comment and claimed that not only did she want to censor shows like Law & Order but also such fare as Murder, She Wrote.

He later accused Law & Order executive producer Dick Wolf of not taking his concerns seriously and claimed that Wolf and other network executives were “caving in” to Reno’s “demands” on the issue of TV violence. On September 20, 1994, on The Howard Stern Show, he made an offer to NBC, claiming that he would return to his role on the show if Dick Wolf was fired.

Moriarty published a full-page advertisement in a Hollywood trade magazine, calling upon fellow artists to stand up with him against attempts to censor TV show content.

He subsequently wrote and published The Gift of Stern Angels, his account of this time in his life. The February 7, 2018, episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit opens with Sam Waterston’s character of Jack McCoy delivering a eulogy at Ben Stone’s funeral.

Wolf and others working on Law & Order tell a different story, however. On November 18, 1993, Moriarty and Wolf, along with other television executives, met with Reno to dissuade her from supporting any law that would censor the show. Wolf said that Moriarty overreacted to any effect the law was likely to have on the show.

Law & Order producers claim they were forced to remove Moriarty from the series because of “erratic behavior”, an example of which reportedly happened during the filming of the episode “Breeder” when, according to the episode’s director, Arthur Forney, Moriarty was unable to deliver his lines with a straight face.

Series and network officials deny any connection between his departure and Janet Reno. Wolf also denies that the show has become less violent, graphics or controversial since 1994.

Moriarty acted in The Last Detail, Courage Under Fire, Along Came a Spider, Shiloh, Emily of New Moon and James Dean, for which he won his third Emmy.

In 2007 he debuted his first feature-length film as a screenwriter and performed the role of a man who thinks he is Adolf Hitler in Hitler Meets Christ.

Michael Moriarty Musical career

In addition to his acting career, Moriarty is a semi-professional jazz pianist and singer, as well as a classical composer. He has recorded three jazz albums (though the first, Reaching Out, went unreleased). He has performed live regularly in both New York and Vancouver with a jazz trio and quintet.

In a 1990 concert review, New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden called Moriarty “a jazz pianist of considerable skill, an oddball singer with more than one vocal personality, and a writer of eccentric, jivey jazz songs.”

Michael Moriarty Politics

Moriarty is politically active, describing himself as a “centrist”, and sometimes as a “realist”.

Moriarty announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2008 in an interview in the November 2005 issue of Northwest Jazz Profile, but he never formally declared his candidacy.

He later endorsed fellow former Law & Order actor Fred Thompson for the presidency during the 2008 Republican primaries, as well as Carly Fiorina during the 2016 primary election cycle. He has been a frequent contributor of numerous political columns to the ESR (Enter Stage Right) online Journal of Conservatism.

 Michael Moriarty Personal life

Shortly after leaving Law & Order, Moriarty moved to Canada, declaring himself a political exile. He lived for a time in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was granted Canadian citizenship, and Toronto, Ontario before settling in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Moriarty lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, where he still acts, writes and plays music. On the blog, Enter Stage Right Moriarty writes that he was a “very bad drunk”, but that as of February 1, 2004, he had been sober for three years.

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