Lawrence Taylor

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was one of the most talented and feared pass rushers to ever play professional football. Born on Feb. 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, VA, Taylor began his athletic career ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Good Chemistry 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

LT: The Life and Times 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dancing With the Stars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Comebacks 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Las Vegas 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Hell 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Body & Soul 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Toughman World Championship Series 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Coach 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... With Children 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy Streets 2000 (Movie)

Father Dan (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Lamont (Actor)

The Jamie Foxx Show 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Luther 'Shark' Lavay (Actor)

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Square One TV 1986 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & Ten: In Your Face! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & Ten: Do It Again 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & Ten: The Bulls Mean Business 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was one of the most talented and feared pass rushers to ever play professional football. Born on Feb. 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, VA, Taylor began his athletic career playing baseball in his youth. He eventually segued to football while a junior at Lafayette High School and took to the sport immediately. Though not heavily drafted after graduating high school in 1977, Taylor played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he started as a defensive lineman before switching to linebacker. Right away he displayed a relentlessness on field that sometimes translated into outright recklessness, often going to great lengths to put as much pressure and pain on anyone in his way. After graduating UNC in 1980 with Player of the Year honors, he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Giants.

Excited to be playing in New York, Taylor made his presence felt from the start - usually on opposing quarterbacks - most notoriously J Theismann, whose career with the Washington Redskins was ended in 1985 when Taylor shattered his right leg in what became one of the most gruesome sacks in football history. With his gangbusters style of rushing the passer, Taylor transformed how the game was played - coaches completely changed offensive blocking schemes to accommodate his pass-rushing prowess - an often futile effort. Over the course of his 13 seasons, Taylor made the Pro Bowl 10 times, won two Super Bowl rings and was named the National Football League Defensive Player of the Year three times, including in 1986 - largely considered to be the greatest season by a defensive player in NFL history.

Despite his success on the field, Taylor had numerous problems and controversies in his private life. As early as his second year in the league, he began abusing alcohol and cocaine. By the time he reached his career peak, Taylor was spending thousands of dollars a day on his habit. Taylor failed two drug tests in 1987 and 1988, leading to a 30-day suspension and kicking the habit for the next five years. By the time he retired in 1993, Taylor had submitted again to his addictions, spending most of his time holed up in his house with sheets covering the windows and hanging out with other drug abusers. After two failed stints in rehab in 1995, Taylor was arrested the following year in South Carolina for attempted possession of crack cocaine. In 1998, Taylor eventually became clean and sober, and the following year, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, Taylor embarked on an acting career, which began with appearances as himself on shows like "Married With Children" (Fox, 1987-1997), "Coach" (ABC, 1989-1997), "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996-2003) and "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). Taylor made his feature debut in "The Waterboy" (1998), before playing a fictionalized football player in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" (1999). After appearing in "Shaft" (2000) and "Mercy Streets" (2000), he had a cameo on "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08), then had more substantial roles in independent thrillers like "In Hell" (2003) and "Good Chemistry" (2008). In early 2009, Taylor was named a one of 13 contestants for the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

Relationships

Lynette

Husband
Married in 2007

Maritza Cruz

Wife

Deborah Taylor

Wife

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1978 - 1981

Lafayette High School

1977

Milestones

2009

Competed in the 8th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" with professional partner Edyta Śliwińska; eliminated in seventh week of competition

2003

Acted opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the action thriller "In Hell"

2000

Appeared opposite Samuel L. Jackson in John Singleton's feature film remake "Shaft"

1999

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

1999

Played Luther "Shark" Lavay in the Oliver Stone sports drama "Any Given Sunday"

1998

Made feature film debut, as himself, in "The Waterboy"

1994

The Giants retired his number 56 during the 1994 season

1981

Played linebacker for the National Football League's New York Giants, 1981-1993; was selected to 10 straight NFL Pro Bowls, 1981-90; widely regarded as the best linebacker in NFL history

Bonus Trivia

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Taylor was arrested in May 2010 in New York for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute; in June 2010, a grand jury indicted him on the following charges: rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and patronizing a prostitute

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