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Lawrence Tierney (1919–2002)


Legendary Hollywood "tough guy", on screen and off. Remembered as the title character in Dillinger (1945) and as the consummately brutal lover of Claire Trevor in Born to Kill (1947). Notorious also for his frequent, well-publicized past involvements in public altercations - like barroom brawls - and other real-life manifestations of rowdiness. (... See full bio »

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Known For

Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs Joe Cabot
(1992)
Born to Kill
(1947)
Bodyguard
Bodyguard Mike Carter
(1948)
Junior
Junior Mover
(1994)

Filmography

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 2000 Evicted
Bob
 1998 Armageddon
Hollis Vernon Grap Stamper (uncredited)
 1998 Southie
Colie Powers
 1997 American Hero
Captain Roads
 1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
Regent
- Business as Usual (1997) ... Regent
 1997 EZ Streets (TV Series)
Frankie Balls
- A Terrible Beauty (1997) ... Frankie Balls
 1996 Christmas in Oz (Video short)
Rick (voice)
 1996 Who Stole Santa? (Video)
Rick (voice)
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Jack Johnson
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell (1996) ... Jack Johnson
 1996 Toto Lost in New York (Video)
Rick (voice)
 1996 2 Days in the Valley
Older Man
 1995 American Hero (Video Game)
Captain Roads
 1995 Fatal Passion
Robert Pearlman
 1995 Starstruck
Patron
 1995 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Don Brodka
- Marge Be Not Proud (1995) ... Don Brodka (voice)
 1995 Pointman (TV Series)
Il Senor Marzon Consiglieri
- That's Amore (1995) ... Il Senor Marzon Consiglieri
 1994 A Kiss Goodnight (TV Movie)
Sergeant Harwood
 1994 Junior
Mover
 1994 French Intensive (Short)
Uncle Larry
 1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Peter Manzo
- Where There's a Will (1993) ... Peter Manzo
 1993 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Scotty O'Donnell
- Jasmine (1993) ... Scotty O'Donnell
 1993 Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (TV Movie)
Joey Buttafuoco's Father
 1993 Red (Short)
Louis 'Red' Deutsch
 1992 Eddie Presley
Joe West
 1992 Reservoir Dogs
Joe Cabot
 1991 The Death Merchant
Ivan Yates
 1991 City of Hope
Kerrigan
 1991 The Runestone
Chief Richardson
 1991 Wizards of the Demon Sword
Slave Master
 1991 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Harold Barrett
- The Big Game and Other Crimes (1991) ... Harold Barrett
 1991 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Alton Benes
- The Jacket (1991) ... Alton Benes
 1991 Dillinger (TV Movie)
Sheriff Sarber
 1990 Why Me?
Armenian Robber #1
 1989 The Horror Show
Warden
 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
Detective Doyle
- The Black Dahlia (1988) ... Detective Doyle
 1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Cyrus Redblock
- The Big Goodbye (1988) ... Cyrus Redblock
 1987 The Slap Maxwell Story (TV Series)
Arlen Porterfield
- Episode #1.8 (1987) ... Arlen Porterfield
 1987 Tough Guys Don't Dance
Dougy Madden
 1985-1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Sergeant Jenkins
- It Ain't Over Till It's Over (1987) ... Sergeant Jenkins
- A Pound of Flesh (1987) ... Sergeant Jenkins
- The Runner Falls on His Kisser (1987) ... Sergeant Jenkins
- The Cookie Crumbles (1987) ... Sergeant Jenkins
- A Case of Klapp (1986) ... Sergeant Jenkins
 1986 Murphy's Law
Cameron
 1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Jack Mills
- The Trouble with Mary Jane (1985) ... Jack Mills
 1985 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Al Molinski
- Grappling Steele (1985) ... Al Molinski
 1985 Silver Bullet
Owen Knopfler
 1985 Prizzi's Honor
Lt. Hanley
 1984 Nothing Lasts Forever
Carriage Driver
 1984 Fame (TV Series)
Mr. Berg
- The Deal (1984) ... Mr. Berg
 1984 Terrible Joe Moran (TV Movie)
Pico
 1982 Midnight
Bert Johnson
 1981 The Prowler
Major Chatham
 1981 Arthur
Man in Coffee Shop
 1980 Gloria
Broadway Bartender
 1980 Bloodrage
Malone
 1979 The Kirlian Witness
Detective
 1977 Bad
O'Reilly-O'Crapface
 1975 Abduction
FBI Agent I
 1971 Such Good Friends
Hospital Guard
 1968 Killer Without a Face (as Laurence Tierney)
 1967 Custer of the West
Gen. Philip Sheridan
 1966 Naked Evil
The Doctor - U.S. Version
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Herbie Lane
- Death of a Cop (1963) ... Herbie Lane
 1963 A Child Is Waiting
Douglas Benham
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Jim
- A Pair of Boots (1962) ... Jim (as Laurence Tierney)
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Swede
- The Ordeal of Kevin Brooke (1962) ... Swede
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Monte Donovan
- Night Song (1961) ... Monte Donovan
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Detective
- Big Jake (1961)
- The Assassin (1961) ... Detective
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Carl Braden
- A Tender Touch (1960) ... Carl Braden
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Gorn
- Walk Through the Night (1960) ... Gorn
 1960 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
Barney
- Hot Ice Cream (1960) ... Barney
 1959 The Detectives (TV Series)
Terrazi
- Masquerade (1959) ... Terrazi
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
Mike Jensen
- One to Get Lost (1959) ... Mike Jensen
 1959 New York Confidential (TV Series)
Phil
- Massacre (1959) ... Phil
 1956 Female Jungle
Det. Sgt. Jack Stevens
 1956 Singing in the Dark
Biff Lamont
 1954 The Steel Cage
Chet Harmon, a Ringleader (segment "The Hostages")
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
Mr. Henderson
 1951 The Bushwhackers
Sam Tobin
 1951 Best of the Badmen
Jesse James
 1951 The Hoodlum
Vincent Lubeck
 1950 Shakedown
Harry Colton
 1950 Kill or Be Killed
Robert Warren
 1948 Bodyguard
Mike Carter
 1947 Born to Kill
Sam
 1947 The Devil Thumbs a Ride
Steve Morgan
 1946 San Quentin
Jim Roland
 1946 Step by Step
Johnny Christopher
 1946 Badman's Territory
Jesse James
 1945 Sing Your Way Home
Reporter in Paris (uncredited)
 1945 Mama Loves Papa
Sharpe
 1945 Back to Bataan
Lt. Cmdr. Waite
 1945 Those Endearing Young Charms
Lt. Ted Brewster
 1945 Dillinger
John Dillinger
 1945 Birthday Blues (Short)
Tom Williams - Neighbor
 1944 Youth Runs Wild
Larry Duncan
 1944 Seven Days Ashore
Crewman (uncredited)
 1944 The Falcon Out West
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
 1943 The Ghost Ship
Louie Parker - Seaman (uncredited)
 1943 Government Girl
FBI Man (uncredited)
 1943 Gildersleeve on Broadway
Cab Driver (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Laurence Tierney

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[during a 1987 interview] "I haven't had a drink in, oh, five years now. I finally wised up. I'd say it was about time. Heck, I threw away about seven careers through drink."

Trivia:

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. See more »

Trademark:

Known for being immensely difficult and intimidating to those he worked with See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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