Peter Lawford

Actor, Producer
A dashing and handsome English-American actor, Peter Lawford enjoyed a brief stint as a matinee idol in the 1940s before becoming better known as an in-law of the Kennedys and a member of "The Rat Pack" during the ... Read more »
Born: 09/07/1923 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (69)

Above Suspicion 2016 (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Where Is Parsifal? 1984 (Movie)

Montague Chippendale (Actor)

Body and Soul 1982 (Movie)

Big Man (Actor)

Highcliffe Manor 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Narrator

Rosebud 1974 (Movie)

Lord Carter (Actor)

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

They Only Kill Their Masters 1972 (Movie)

Campbell (Actor)

Clay Pigeon 1970 (Movie)

Government Agent (Actor)

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Hook, Line and Sinker 1969 (Movie)

Dr Scott Carter (Actor)

One More Time 1969 (Movie)

Christopher Pepper (Actor)

The April Fools 1969 (Movie)

Ted Gunther (Actor)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

Justin Young (Actor)

Salt and Pepper 1968 (Movie)

Christopher Pepper (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man Called Adam 1965 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Paul Bern (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Sylvia 1965 (Movie)

Frederick Summers (Actor)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Steve Marks (Actor)

Dead Ringer 1963 (Movie)

Tony Collins (Actor)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

Senator Lafe Smith (Actor)

Sergeants 3 1961 (Movie)

Sgt Larry Barrrett (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

Lord Lovat (Actor)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Major Caldwell (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

Jimmy Foster (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

Captain Grey Travis (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thin Man 1957 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruggles of Red Gap 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

Evan Adams III (Actor)

Just This Once 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

You For Me 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister (Actor)

Easter Parade 1948 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Little Women 1948 (Movie)

Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence (Actor)

Cluny Brown 1946 (Movie)

Andrew Carmel (Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

Lord Thornley (Actor)

The Canterville Ghost 1944 (Movie)

Anthony de Canterville (Actor)

A Step Out of Line (TV Show)

Actor

A Yank at Eton (Movie)

Ronnie Kenvill (Actor)

Corvette K-225 (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Flesh and Fantasy (Movie)

Pierrot (Actor)

Girl Crazy (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Good News (Movie)

Tommy Marlowe (Actor)

It Happened in Brooklyn (Movie)

Jamie Shellgrove (Actor)

Julia Misbehaves (Movie)

Ritchie Lorgan (Actor)

Lord Jeff (Movie)

Benny Potter (Actor)

My Brother Talks to Horses (Movie)

John S. Penrose (Actor)

On an Island with You (Movie)

Lt. Lawrence Y. Kingslee (Actor)

Random Harvest (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Royal Wedding (Movie)

Lord John Brindale (Actor)

Ruggles of Red Gap (Movie)

Lord George Vane-Brinstead (Performance)

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Son of Lassie (Movie)

Joe Curraclough (Actor)

The Deadly Hunt (TV Show)

Actor

The Phantom of Hollywood (TV Show)

Actor

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Movie)

David Stone (Actor)

The Sky's the Limit (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

John Ashwood II, at age 24 (Actor)

Thunder Birds (Movie)

British Cadet (Actor)

Two Sisters from Boston (Movie)

Lawrence Tyburt Patterson Jr (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Phone (Voice)
Producer (1)

Salt and Pepper 1968 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A dashing and handsome English-American actor, Peter Lawford enjoyed a brief stint as a matinee idol in the 1940s before becoming better known as an in-law of the Kennedys and a member of "The Rat Pack" during the 1960s. Benefitting greatly from the dearth of handsome male talent in Hollywood during World War II, Lawford gained notice for appearances in such films as "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) and "Son of Lassie" (1945). More roles followed throughout the 1950s, although it was his marriage to Patricia Kennedy - sister of John and Robert Kennedy - as well as his association with Frank Sinatra's iconic cadre of carousers that brought Lawford lasting fame. Years after JFK's assassination, rumors about Lawford's scandalous adventures with the president, his being the last person to speak to a despondent Marilyn Monroe before her tragic death, and a bitter falling out with Sinatra, became the stuff of legend. Less glamorous was Lawford's decline in the film industry, several failed marriages, and chronic alcoholism. With the halcyon years of "Ocean's Eleven" (1960) far behind him, the aging actor made due with the occasional film role and guest turns on such TV fare as "The Doris Day Show" (CBS, 1968-1973) and "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984). A bit player in a fascinating chapter of American pop-culture, Lawford would most likely be remembered less for his acting credentials than for the legacy encapsulated in author James Spada's unofficial biography, <i>Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets</i>.

Relationships

June Allyson Actor

Companion
met while filming "Two Sisters From Boston (1946)

Geri Crane

Companion
together 1968-70 23 years Lawford's junior

Sharman Douglas

Companion
dated 1949 engaged 1950 he broke off engagement after four days daughter of American ambassador to the court of St. James in London

Ava Gardner Actor

Companion
dated in 1946

Deborah Gould Costume Supervisor

Wife
Married June 25, 1976; she was 27 years Lawford's junior

Judy Holliday Actor

Companion
met while filming "It Should Happen to You" (1953)

Patricia Kennedy

Wife
John F. Kennedy's sister

Sydney Lawford

Father
born November 16, 1865 died February 15, 1953 knighted for heroism in WWI appeared as character actor in 1940s films ("The Amazing Mr. Nordill", "The Suspect", "Kitty") married May Bunny Aylen September 11, 1924 after birth of their son was Ernest Aylen's commanding officer

May Lawford

Mother
born 1883, died January 23, 1972 married first husband Harry Cooper in 1902 (committed suicide) married second husband Ernest Vaughan Aylen (major in Royal Army Medical Corps) divorced Aylen in 1923 after birth of her son Peter fathered by Aylen's commanding officer Sir Sydney Lawford Aylen gave name to May's son married Lawford 1924 wrote column for London newspapers on her international travels in 1928 signed MGM contract in 1950 as an actor and consultant "on all things British" appea

Robin Lawford

Daughter
born July 2, 1961 mother Patricia Kennedy

Sydney Lawford

Daughter
born August 25, 1956 mother Patricia Kennedy

Victoria Lawford

Daughter
born November 4, 1958 TV coordinator for Very Special Arts (affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts for the disabled) mother Patricia Kennedy

Christopher Lawford

Son
born on March 29, 1955 mother Patricia Kennedy received a degree from Boston College Law School in 1983 has appeared on TV commercials and in films "Impulse" (1990), "Run" and "The Doors" (both 1991) and as a regular on the ABC daytime soap "All My Children"

Jean MacDonald

Companion
society reporter for "Honolulu Star Bulletin" met while Lawford on route to film "Kangaroo" in Australia (1951) engaged 1952

Mary Rowan

Wife
Met during 1971 taping of "Laugh In" on which Lawford was a guest

Patricia Seaton

Wife
Together from 1976 when Seaton was 17 Married July 1984 in hospital where Lawford was operated on for bleeding ulcer, until his death Dec. 24, 1984 She co-authored The Peter Lawford Story (1984)

Lana Turner Actor

Companion
had eight month relationship in 1944

EDUCATION

never attended school; privately tutored; spoke French, English, Spanish and some German from his travels

Milestones

1960

Became an American citizen in order to vote in 1960 election for brother-in-law John F. Kennedy

1960

Joined Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack"

1960

Formed Chrislaw production company with Milton Ebbins which produced "The Patty Duke Show" and the film, "Johnny Cool" (both 1963) (date approximate)

1957

Starred in TV series, "The Thin Man"

1956

Bought Louis B. Mayer's former Santa Monica beach front estate for $95,000

1954

Reportedly introduced John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to each other

1954

Starred in and produced first TV series, "Dear Phoebe"

1952

MGM contract not renewed

1951

First learned of scandal concerning his parents' divorce scandal and his own paternity

1942

Signed to MGM contract (for one year with second year option at $100 per week with 40 weeks guaranteed)

1941

Returned to Hollywood; disqualified from military service because of teenage injury to right arm; worked as usher in a Westwood, CA movie theater

1941

Played a pilot in "Mrs. Miniver"

1939

Worked as gas station attendant, then parked cars and became manager of the parking lot in West Palm Beach, FL

1938

US film debut (bit part), "Lord Jeff" at age 14

1937

Moved to Hollywood

1932

Returned to France where he appeared in several films

1931

Film debut in "Poor Old Bill" (as a result of mother's political association with Sir Thomas Paulson who owned major interest in Elstree Studios)

1930

Family returned to London because of worldwide Depression

1924

Moved with parents to Deauville at age one to avoid scandal of their divorces

Appeared briefly in 22 films from 1942-43

Had travelled three times around the world by age 15

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