Lawrence Tierney

Actor, Bartender, Steel worker
"There is absolutely no light in his eyes," wrote author and poet Barry Gifford about actor Lawrence Tierney, an imposing lead and character actor in features from the dawn of film noir in the 1940s through the 1990s ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1919 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Juan-A-Be.com 2014 (Movie)

Viejo (Actor)

Southie 1999 (Movie)

Collie Powers (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Hollis Vernon "Grap" Stamper (Actor)

EZ Streets 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Older Man (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Artist 1996 (Movie)

Pearlman (Actor)

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

Mover (Actor)

A Kiss Goodnight 1993 (Movie)

Sgt Harwood (Actor)

L.A. Law 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Joe Cabot (Actor)

The Runestone 1992 (Movie)

Chief Richardson (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

Kerrigan (Actor)

Dillinger 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie Presley 1991 (Movie)

West (Actor)

Wizards of the Demon Sword 1991 (Movie)

Slave Master (Actor)

Why Me? 1990 (Movie)

1st Armenian Thief (Actor)

The Horror Show 1989 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

Angel Manager (Actor)

The Offspring 1987 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

Dougy Madden (Actor)

Murphy's Law 1986 (Movie)

Cameron (Actor)

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

Lieutenant Hanley (Actor)

Silver Bullet 1985 (Movie)

Owen Knopfler (Actor)

Abduction 1981 (Movie)

FBI Agent (Actor)

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

Man in Coffee Shop (Actor)

Gloria 1980 (Movie)

Broadway Bartender (Actor)

Midnight 1979 (Movie)

Bert Johnson (Actor)

The Kirlian Witness 1977 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Andy Warhol's Bad 1975 (Movie)

O'Reilly (Actor)

Such Good Friends 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Custer of the West 1968 (Movie)

General Philip Sheridan (Actor)

Female Jungle 1956 (Movie)

Stevens (Actor)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Henderson (Actor)

Bodyguard 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Born to Kill 1947 (Movie)

Sam Wild (Actor)

Back to Bataan 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dillinger 1945 (Movie)

John Dillinger (Actor)

Badman's Territory (Movie)

Jesse James (Actor)

Best of the Badmen (Movie)

Jesse James (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

FBI Man (Actor)

Mama Loves Papa (Movie)

Sharpe (Actor)

Terrible Joe Moran (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil Thumbs a Ride (Movie)

Steve Morgan (Actor)

The Falcon out West (Movie)

Orchestra Leader (Actor)

The Ghost Ship (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Youth Runs Wild (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

Biography

"There is absolutely no light in his eyes," wrote author and poet Barry Gifford about actor Lawrence Tierney, an imposing lead and character actor in features from the dawn of film noir in the 1940s through the 1990s with gruff turns in "Reservoir Dogs" (1991), among countless other projects. In crime films like "Dillinger" (1945), "The Devil Thumbs a Ride" (1947) and "Born to Kill" (1947), Tierney possessed an air of implacable menace behind pale, narrow eyes, and fittingly, his characters seemed capable of the most senseless violence for purely sadistic reasons. Offscreen, Tierney cultivated a reputation for reckless behavior, including numerous run-ins with the law that torpedoed his career in the 1950s. By the early 1970s, he was driving a hansom cab in New York, but after gaining sobriety in the 1980s, he made an astonishing number of character turns in features and television, often as elderly but still dangerous criminals, cops and other streetwise types, most notably as the crusty crime boss in Quentin Tarantino's "Dogs." Still capable of making headlines for his irascibility in his seventh decade, Tierney remained one of Hollywood's most enduring tough guys simply by being himself.

Relationships

Scott Brady

Brother
died in 1985

Elizabeth Tierney

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Manhattan College

Bronx , New York

Milestones

1944

Played first leading role in features when he was cast in the title role of "Dillinger"

1942

First speaking role in the Val Lewton-produced noir, "The Ghost Ship"

Feature film work picked up in the late 1960s with films including Robert Siodmak's "Custer of the West" (1967) and Otto Preminger's "Such Good Friends" (1971)

Hollywood film career declined in the late 1950s

Appeared in stage productions of "That Championship Season", "Death of a Salesman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Guested in over 100 TV series

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