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Character actor, Lawrence Tierney, was born on Mar 15, 1919 in Brooklyn, NY. Tierney died at the age of 83 on Feb 26, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA .

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was once likened to the renowned fictional character Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde. ?When he?s sober, he serious, thoughtful, ambitious,? the 1951 newspaper account revealed. ?When he?s drunk, he?s close to crazy.? With his portrayal of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger in the late 1940s... Read full article


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Lawrence Tierney Quotes:

Sam Wild: Oh, I see. You cross the tracks on May Day with a basket of goodies for the poor slum kid, but back you scoot - and fast - to your own neck o' the woods. Don't you?
Helen Brent: I wouldn't say that.
Sam Wild: No, you wouldn't *say* it... but that's the way it is.


Eileen: You handle the truth carelessly, don't you, Vincent?
Vincent Lubeck: That's what I like about you - class! Never come out and call a man a liar.


Sam Wild: I've got a dame on my mind - and she's dead. That's plenty for me.


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Never married but has a daughter Elizabeth.

After writer/director Rick McKay published a magazine article "Lawrence Tierney: Crack-Up - The True Story of a Hollywood Tough Guy", Tierney called and asked him to collaborate on an autobiography of the screen legend. After a tumultuous, chaotic week in Los Angeles with Tierney, McKay bowed out, exhausted. The book was never written, McKay is now a successful TV/film producer/director and Tierney passed away in February of 2002.

Was offered the role of Charlie "The Gent" Malloy, the mob lawyer, in Elia Kazan's classic On the Waterfront (1954). Tierney lost out on the part when he demanded more money than was offered. Subsequently, Rod Steiger played Charlie, and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Accepting the part likely would have revitalized Tierney's career, at least in the short-term.

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