Harvey Atkin, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey’ Actor, Dies at 74

Actor is also known for appearing on the “Law & Order” franchise

Harvey Atkin, an actor known for his roles in “Cagney & Lacey” and the “Law & Order” franchise has died at the age of 74, TheWrap has learned.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved friend, husband, father and grandfather, Harvey passed away peacefully last night following his battle with cancer,” Atkins’ agent Larry Goldhar said in a statement on Tuesday.

Atkin died early Tuesday morning in his home city of Toronto, Canada, after a long illness.

He is best known for his recurring role as Sergeant Ronald Coleman in the CBS police drama “Cagney & Lacey” from 1982 to 1988. He also appeared as Judge Alan Ridenour on Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order,” as well as on spinoffs “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

On the film side, he’s known for co-starring alongside Bill Murray, Kate Lynch and Chris Makepeace in the 1979 comedy “Meatballs.” His other credits include “Atlantic City,” “Beetlejuice” and “Jacob Two-Two.”

Atkin is survived by his wife Celia, daughter Lisa and son Danny, three sisters and five grandchildren.