Laurence Luckinbill

Actor, Acting teacher, Director
A character lead and supporting player who has had more endurance on the stage than in TV or films, Laurence Luckinbill first came to attention playing Hank, the "bisexual with a preference" member of "The Boys in the ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1934 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1988, 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1985 - 1988, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

Sybok (Actor)

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

Mr Mooney (Actor)

Messenger of Death 1988 (Movie)

Homer Foxx (Actor)

Voices & Visions 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lyndon Johnson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Narrator

Not For Publication 1984 (Movie)

Mayor Claud Franklyn (Actor)

One More Try 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Momma the Detective 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mating Season 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Promise 1979 (Movie)

Dr Gregson (Actor)

Death Sentence 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Panic on the 5:22 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The November Plan 1975 (Movie)

Noel Crossman Jr (Actor)

Winner Take All 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Money 1974 (Movie)

Banks (Actor)

The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Heart Is 1969 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Light's Out 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delphi Bureau 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Corky 1971 (Movie)

Wayne Nesbitt (Actor)

Such Good Friends 1971 (Movie)

Richard Messenger (Actor)

The Boys in the Band 1970 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Moonwalk One 1969 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Dash and Lilly (TV Show)

Actor

One Terrific Guy (TV Show)

Actor

The Delphi Bureau (TV Show)

Actor

The Exonerated (TV Show)

Actor

The Mating Season (Movie)

Harry McClain (Actor)

To Heal a Nation (TV Show)

Actor

Winner Take All (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (2)

Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (TV Show)

Director

Biography

A character lead and supporting player who has had more endurance on the stage than in TV or films, Laurence Luckinbill first came to attention playing Hank, the "bisexual with a preference" member of "The Boys in the Band". He reprised the role in Mart Crowley's landmark play both the London production and William Friedkin's 1970 screen adaptation. Luckinbill has had a long career performing in everything from soap operas to features to plays.

After serving as a first lieutenant in the US Army Chemical Corps in the mid-1950s, the Arkansas native earned an MFA from Catholic University before migrating to New York to study with Uta Hagen. He made his off-Broadway debut playing the Old Shepherd in a Carnegie Playhouse production of "Oedipus Rex" in 1959. In 1963, he made his Broadway debut as Will Roper, the would-be son-in-law of Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons". In addition to appearing in the US national tour of that show, Luckinbill spent many years working around the country at several prestigious theater companies. Among his more notable roles were the title role of "Galileo" at the McCarter Theatre in 1965 and Biff in a 1965 American Conservatory Theatre production of "Death of a Salesman". Among the actors better-known Broadway appearances are as the bisexual Brian in Michael Cristofer's award-winning "The Shadow Box" (1977) and George Schneider, a widower playwright based on Neil Simon in Simon's "Chapter Two" (1979).

Like many New York-based actors, Luckinbill broke into TV with roles on soap operas. From 1967-68, he was Frank Carver on "The Secret Storm" (CBS), and later appeared as Steve Prescott on "Where the Heart Is" (CBS, 1969-70). He began making guest appearances on primetime in 1968 with an episode of "NYPD" (CBS) and earned his own series with "The Delphi Bureau" (ABC, 1972-73), in which he was the head of a super-secret government agency. His more memorable guest stints include an episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1975), as Mary's current beau whose son she just can't stand. Luckinbill made his longform debut with "Murder Impossible" (ABC, 1974). That same year, he played Cloris Leachman's husband in "Death Sentence" (ABC), the story of a woman called to jury duty who, in hearing the evidence in a murder case, begins to realize her own husband is the killer. He was the governor of New Jersey in "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (NBC, 1976) and Senator Bob Matthias, leading the congressional support for a Vietnam War Memorial in "To Heal a Nation" (NBC, 1988). He also won praise for his one-man show "Lyndon Johnson" (PBS, 1988), in which he later toured onstage. In miniseries, Luckinbill was Major Richard Arnold in support of "Ike" (ABC, 1979) and narrated "Space" (CBS, 1985).

Luckinbill's feature film work has been infrequent and somewhat clustered. After his debut in "The Boys in the Band", he was the husband whose little black book is discovered by Dyan Cannon when he has to go to the hospital in "Such Good Friends" (1971). In the late 70s, Luckinbill played the plastic surgeon who interferes in the relationship between Stephen Collin and Kathleen Quinlan in the soap opera "The Promise" (1979). Concentrating on his stage work, Luckinbill returned in the late 1980s, playing father to Elisabeth Shue in "Cocktail" (1988) and the messianic Vulcan Sybok in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989). He also frequently does voice-over work in TV commercials and provides narrations for documentaries. Luckinbill has also been an instructor of acting for the State Department in Khartoum, Sudan, and the University of Rome, and at Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York.

Formerly married to actress Robin Strasser, Luckinbill married singer-actress Lucie Arnaz. He and Arnaz have frequently appeared together on stage and together produced the Emmy-winning special "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" (NBC, 1993).

Relationships

Laurence Benedict Luckinbill

Father

Agnes Luckinbill

Mother

Lucie Arnaz

Wife
married June 22, 1980

Katherine Luckinbill

Daughter
mother Lucie Arnaz born c. 1985

Benjamin Luckinbill

Son
mother, Robin Strasser born c. 1975

Joseph Luckinbill

Son
mother Lucie Arnaz born c. 1983

Laurence Luckinbill

Son
mother, Robin Strasser born c. 1968

Simon Luckinbill

Son
mother, Lucie Arnaz born c. 1981

Robin Strasser

Wife
married November 19, 1966 divorced

EDUCATION

Fort Smith Junior College

Fort Smith , Arkansas 1951 - 1952

Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C. 1957

New York University

New York , New York 1980
did postgraduate work

University of Arkansas

Little Rock , Arkansas 1955

HB Studio

New York , New York
trained with Uta Hagen

Milestones

1993

Executive produced (with wife, Lucie Arnaz), "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" (NBC)

1989

Played Sybok in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"

1987

Played President Lyndon Johnson in one-man special on PBS; later toured with stage version entitled "Lyndon Johnson"

1985

Narrated miniseries "Space" (CBS)

1978

Was founding director, New York Actors Theatre

1974

Made TV-movie debut, "Murder, Impossible"

1969

Made film debut as Hank in William Friedkin's film version of "The Boys in the Band"

1968

Made London debut reprising role of Hank in "The Boys in the Band"

1968

Played Hank in Mart Crowley's off-Broadway play "The Boys in the Band"

1963

Made Broadway debut as Will Roper in "A Man for All Seasons"; also appeared in the role in national tour

1962

Named visiting lecturer at University of Rome; also directed Italian production of "Our Town"

1961

Was drama advisor to the US State Department in Khartoum, Sudan; directed "Macbeth"

1959

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Oedipus Rex"

1957

Was actor and stage manager with National Players, Inc.

1956

Served in US Army

Taught acting at Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY

Appeared on CBS soap opera "The Secret Storm"

Had first primetime series, "The Delphi Bureau" (ABC)

Appeared on CBS soap opera "Where the Heart Is"

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