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Also Known As: Died: February 26, 2002
Born: March 15, 1919 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, steel worker, horse-drawn carriage driver, bartender, crane operator

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"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. ...

"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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Southie (1998) Collie Powers
2.
 Armageddon (1998) Hollis Vernon "Grap" Stamper
3.
 Artist, The (1997) Pearlman
4.
 Portrait in Red (1997)
5.
 2 Days in the Valley (1996) Older Man
7.
 Kiss Goodnight, A (1994) Sgt Harwood
8.
 Junior (1994) Mover
9.
10.
 Reservoir Dogs (1992) Joe Cabot
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Milestones close milestones

1943:
First speaking role in the Val Lewton-produced noir, "The Ghost Ship"
1945:
Played first leading role in features when he was cast in the title role of "Dillinger"
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Hollywood film career declined in the late 1950s
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Appeared in stage productions of "That Championship Season", "Death of a Salesman" and "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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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)
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Guested in over 100 TV series
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Education

Manhattan College: Bronx , New York -

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brother:
Scott Brady. Actor. Died in 1985.
daughter:
Elizabeth Tierney. Survived him.

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