Marc Lawrence Overview:

Character actor, Marc Lawrence, was born Max Goldsmith on Feb 17, 1910 in New York City, NY. Lawrence died at the age of 95 on Nov 27, 2005 in Palm Springs, CA .


Marc Lawrence was a former singer and stage actor who devoted himself almost exclusively to films from 1936. With his narrow head, hooded eyes and tight, humorless smile, Lawrence was a natural for gangsters, and very efficient at it too. As he grew older, his pock-marked face took on a mottled appearance, making him look like an ancient, but still very deadly cobra.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Cobby: Here's to the drink habit. It's the only one I got that don't get me into trouble.

Judge: It is the judgment of this court that you are hereby sentenced to the punishment of death to be executed upon you at Sing Sing Prison during the week of December 9th.
Steve McBirney: [Sarcastically] December 9th? Thanks, Judge. I won't have to do any Christmas shopping.

Albert Muller: [to Burt Dawson] You're an excellent specimen of the human race - strong, clever, brave. That's why I've chosen you for my first experiment on a human being. You'll have the honor of being the first man to become my slave.

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Father of Toni Lawrence.

Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn once told Lawrence that Johnny Roselli, a notorious gangster, had said that he was the best hood in films. Lawrence himself was often told by Italian hoods in his native New York that he played them better than anyone else; ironically, Lawrence is Jewish.

Interviewed in "Actors on Red Alert: Career Interviews with Five Actors and Actresses Affected by the Blacklist", by Anthony Slide, 1999.

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