Lawrence Tierney Overview:

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 .

MINI BIO:

Light-haired American "tough guy" actor, brother of Scott Brady. The title role in Dillinger was his biggest break, and he infused it with menace and sub-surface violence. But Tierney was unable to follow through to all-round stardom. He worked for minor studios, and still played small parts, bald but as threatening as ever, even in old age.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Lawrence Tierney Quotes:

Mrs. Lubeck: Take a breath, Vincent. Go ahead. Smell! You can smell fresh air here. Not like where we used to live by the city dump. Every time the wind changed... my!... the smell! And Papa running around all day yelling, 'Keep the windows closed! Keep the windows... '
Vincent Lubeck: Stop it, Ma! Keep the windows closed? What was the use? The stink came through them anyhow into all the corners of your lungs... your skin! Even if you took a bath every day, the stink would still stink! Our playground, where we picked up a few pieces of junk to get spending money. A rotten stink! Even now we're not too far away from it! But you wait! I've got ideas. I'll get plenty of money! Yeah, dough! That's the only thing that'll ever cover up the stink of the city dump!


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


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.


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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.

Elder brother and erstwhile mentor of actor Scott Brady

Never married but has a daughter Elizabeth.

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