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Also Known As: Chris Lawford, Christopher Kennedy Lawford Died:
Born: March 29, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, record producer, model, studio executive

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The son of Rat Packer Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, John F Kennedy's elder sister, hazel-eyed, brown-haired Christopher Lawford took a most circuitous route before realizing acting was his true calling. He obtained a law degree form Boston College and then, while lecturing in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, earned $100 for his first modeling gig, which led him to TV commercials and eventually theater. The Lawford name helped him get his foot in the Hollywood door, and he debuted in James Bruce's feature "The Suicide Club" (1987), followed by Danny Huston's "Mr. North" (1988). His greatest exposure came as Charlie Brent in the ABC daytime serial "All My Children", a role he played for a little more than three years. Lawford worked his way up the cast list in features like Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (1991) and Mike Binder's "Blankman" (1994) before executive producing and co-starring as a gay theater director in Tony Vitale's critically-acclaimed "Kiss Me, Guido" (1997). Among his TV credits, Lawford acted for fellow Kennedy clansman turned director Arnold Schwarzenegger (married to cousin Maria Shriver) in "The Switch", a 1990 episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt". ...

The son of Rat Packer Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy, John F Kennedy's elder sister, hazel-eyed, brown-haired Christopher Lawford took a most circuitous route before realizing acting was his true calling. He obtained a law degree form Boston College and then, while lecturing in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, earned $100 for his first modeling gig, which led him to TV commercials and eventually theater. The Lawford name helped him get his foot in the Hollywood door, and he debuted in James Bruce's feature "The Suicide Club" (1987), followed by Danny Huston's "Mr. North" (1988). His greatest exposure came as Charlie Brent in the ABC daytime serial "All My Children", a role he played for a little more than three years. Lawford worked his way up the cast list in features like Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (1991) and Mike Binder's "Blankman" (1994) before executive producing and co-starring as a gay theater director in Tony Vitale's critically-acclaimed "Kiss Me, Guido" (1997). Among his TV credits, Lawford acted for fellow Kennedy clansman turned director Arnold Schwarzenegger (married to cousin Maria Shriver) in "The Switch", a 1990 episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Slipstream (2007)
2.
 Dead Broke (2006)
4.
 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Brewster'S Aide
5.
 Counterstrike (2002) Vice President Chet Ridgeway
6.
 Exit Wounds (2001) Vice President
7.
 Ocean's Eleven (2001)
9.
 6th Day, The (2000) Police Lieutenant
10.
 Dark Tides (2000) Quinlan
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1988:
Made feature debut as Anne Lange's boyfriend in James Bruce's "The Suicide Club"
1990:
TV-movie debut in the NBC teenage, adventure drama "Exile"
1990:
Directed by cousin Maria Shriver's husband Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Switch", an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
1991:
Played a New York journalist in Oliver Stone's "The Doors"
1992:
Assumed role of Charlie Brent, former cosmetics model and ex-boyfriend of Erica Kane, on the ABC daytime serial "All My Children" in July; remained a little over three years
1994:
Portrayed Vince Buccini in "Jack the Bear"
1996:
Starred alongside Victoria Principal and Robert Hays in the Lifetime movie "The Abduction"
1997:
Executive produced and co-starred in "Kiss Me, Guido"
2000:
Cast as an Air Force pilot in the based-on-fact "Thirteen Days", about the Cuban Missile Crisis; uncles John and Robert are lead characters in drama
2001:
'Portrayed' actor William Haines (mostly in voiceovers) in the documentary "Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines"
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Education

Tufts University: Medford , Massachusetts -
Tufts University: Medford , Massachusetts -
Harvard Medical School: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
Boston College: Boston , Massachusetts - 1983

Notes

Lawford helps his cousin Robert F Kennedy Jr on the Hudson Riverkeeper Fund, dedicated to cleaning up the waterways. He also is involved in Very Special Arts, which conducts workshops and plays for handicapped people.

"[Acting] just made me very nervous. I remember doing a play in high school, a very minor role in 'Twelfth Night', I think, and it was terrifying.

But I admit there were times when I'd see my dad on a film set and think it looked like a pretty good thing to do. I remember when he was making 'Sergeants 3' (1962) and I saw him and Sinatra running around as cavalry and jumping on and off horses and thinking, 'Now this would be a great way to make a living.'

But Later on I just thought acting was too plain scary." --Christopher Lawford to DAILY NEWS, January 14, 1996

"I had an amazingly good time with my father. I got what I needed all along the way. I wouldn't change one thing.

My only regret is that our experience wasn't longer and more full, and to have him alive today to see his grandkids." --Lawford in NEW YORK POST, July 15, 1997

When he got the script for "Thirteen Days", the new movie about his Kennedy uncles, actor Chris Lawford says, he "fully intended to hate it. I knew the story. I wasn't convinced it could be a feature (film). But I couldn't put it down. It was literally one of the most exciting movies I had read."

He adds, "The other thing, frankly, was it really showed President Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy to be American heroes, and they were during that crisis." --from Jeannie Williams' column in USA Today, January 17, 2001.

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wife:
Jeannie Lawford. Married in 1984; together since 1979.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Lawford. Actor. Born on September 7, 1923; died on December 24, 1984 of cardiac arrest.
mother:
Patricia Lawford. Married Peter Lawford in 1954; divorced in 1966; sister of US President John F Kennedy, US Attorney General Robert F Kennedy and Massachusetts Senator Edward M Kennedy.
sister:
Sydney Lawford. Born on August 25, 1956; mother, Patricia Lawford.
sister:
Victoria Frances Lawford. TV coordinator for Very Special Artists; born on November 4, 1958.
sister:
Robin Elizabeth Lawford. Born on July 2, 1961.
son:
David Christopher Kennedy Lawford. Born c. 1987.
son:
Savannah Rose Lawford. Born on February 13, 1990; named for his maternal grandmother.
son:
Matthew Peter Lawford. Born c. 1995; named after paternal grandfather.
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