Marc Lawrence

After attending City College of New York, Marc Lawrence studied acting with Eva Le Gallienne. Among the many stage productions in which Lawrence appeared were Sour Mountain and Waiting for Lefty. First signed for films ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1910 in Bronx, New York City, NY

Filmography

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Blind Alley

Actor

Blood Red

Actor

Calaboose

Actor

Cataclysm

Actor

Club Havana

Actor

Convicted

Actor

Counterfeit

Actor

Daddy's Deadly Darling

Screenwriter

David and Lisa

Composer (Music Score)

Desire

Actor

Dillinger

Actor

Donor

Actor

Dr. Socrates

Actor

Ex-Champ

Actor

Family Ties Vacation

Screenwriter

Foul Play

Actor

Four Rooms

Actor

G-Men

Actor

Hit the Ice

Actor

Hot Stuff

Actor

I Am the Law

Actor

I Walk Alone

Actor

Jigsaw

Actor

Johnny Cool

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Johnny Tiger

Actor

Key Largo

Actor

Kong Island

Actor

Marathon Man

Actor

Nazi Agent

Actor

Newsies

Actor

Nightmare in the Sun

Screenwriter

Penitentiary

Actor

Pigs

Actor

Pigs

Director

Road Gang

Actor

Ruby

Actor

San Quentin

Actor

Spider's Web

Actor

Sundown

Actor

Super Fuzz

Actor

Tampico

Actor

The Big Easy

Actor

The Shadow

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Unconquered

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Vengeance

Actor

White Woman

Actor

Yankee Fakir

Actor

Yokel Boy

Actor

Yolanda

Actor

Biography

After attending City College of New York, Marc Lawrence studied acting with Eva Le Gallienne. Among the many stage productions in which Lawrence appeared were Sour Mountain and Waiting for Lefty. First signed for films by Columbia in 1932, Lawrence's scarred face and growly voice made him indispensable for gangster parts, though he generally displayed an intelligence far higher than the average goon or gunman. Though usually limited to villainy, Lawrence was not always confined to urban roles, as witness his successful portrayals of a mountaineer in Shepherd of the Hills (1942) and a western saddle tramp in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). The actor's own favorite role was Corio in 1947's Captain from Castille. During the House UnAmerican Activities Committee investigations of the 1950s, Lawrence reluctantly offered testimony implicating several of his coworkers as alleged communist sympathizers; the experience virtually destroyed his American career and left him embittered and defensive (he would always refuse to be interviewed by historians of the "Blacklist" era, referring to them as "ghouls"). Lawrence was forced to seek out work in Europe, where he'd emerge in the early 1960s as a director of crime films and spaghetti westerns. Back in the U.S. in the 1980s, Lawrence made several TV appearances and showed up in such films as The Big Easy (1987) and Newsies (1992), typecast once more as gangsters. In 1993, Lawrence privately published his memoirs, in which for the first time in print he addressed his dark days as an HUAC "friendly witness." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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