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Also Known As: Max Goldsmith Died: November 28, 2005
Born: February 17, 1910 Cause of Death: Heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A swarthy American character player of more than 120 films since 1932, Marc Lawrence survived the blacklist in Hollywood by appearing in films overseas. When he returned to the USA, his familiar pock-marked face could be seen portraying gangsters and toughs well into the 1990s. Lawrence was usually cast in support or opposition to major stars, particularly in gangster films. He worked alongside the creme of the screen toughs (i.e., Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Paul Muni) sometimes taking a bullet for them, but projecting menace and sleaze throughout.

A swarthy American character player of more than 120 films since 1932, Marc Lawrence survived the blacklist in Hollywood by appearing in films overseas. When he returned to the USA, his familiar pock-marked face could be seen portraying gangsters and toughs well into the 1990s. Lawrence was usually cast in support or opposition to major stars, particularly in gangster films. He worked alongside the creme of the screen toughs (i.e., Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Paul Muni) sometimes taking a bullet for them, but projecting menace and sleaze throughout.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Daddy's Deadly Darling (1972) Director
2.
  Nightmare in the Sun (1964) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Acme Vp, Stating The Obvious
2.
 Shipping News, The (2001) Cousin Nolan
3.
 End of Days (1999) Old Man
4.
 From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Old Timer
5.
 Gotti (1996) Carlo Gambino
6.
 Newsies (1992) Kloppman
7.
 Ruby (1992) Santos Alicante
8.
 Donor (1990) Ben Beloit
9.
 Blood Red (1989) Michael Fazio
10.
 Big Easy, The (1986) Vinnie "The Cannon" Dimoti
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Milestones close milestones

1932:
Made feature film debut in bit part, "If I Had A Million"
1951:
Moved to Europe, acted in Italian films and occasionally directed
1957:
Returned to Hollywood; began directing TV episodes
1964:
Directed and co-produced "Nightmare in the Sun"
1973:
Co-starred in TV-movie "Honor Thy Father"
1984:
Produced and directed "Daddy's Deadly Darling"
1996:
Appeared in feature "From Dusk Till Dawn"
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York - 1928 - 1930

Notes

Lawrence was a favorite peformer of gangsters. In 1951, while sitting with his wife in a restaurant in Naples, Italy, he was approached by a man whose demeanor was not unlike that played by Lawrence in scores of films--a mob soldier: "This little guy comes over to me and says, 'Charlie Lucky wants to talk to you. Then this other guy comes walking over, about Bogart's size. He had a little dog with him, named Bambi. He introduces himself and his dog and tells me, 'I want to hear New York talk.' So I talked New York to him for about a half-hour. Whaddya going to do?" --Marc Lawrence, who played a character perhaps based on Charles 'Lucky' Luciano in "Johnny Cool" (1963).

"Being a tough guy is easy. You just give them this hard look and yell, 'Hey, you, get over here!' and nobody bothers you." --Marc Lawrence

"I loved Eddie Robinson, but nobody was better than Jimmy Cagney. The bounce that Cagney had was special. It was a pleasure to watch him dancing through a scene as a tough guy." --Marc Lawrence

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Fanya Foss-Lawrence. Screenwriter, poet, novelist. Married from 1942 until her death on December 12, 1995 of natural causes.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Israel Simon Goldsmith.
mother:
Minerva Norma Goldsmith.
daughter:
Toni Lawrence. Actor. Appeared in "Daddy's Deadly Darling".

Bibliography close complete biography

"Long Time, No See: Confessions of a Hollywood Gangster" Ursus Press

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