Lawrence Tierney (1919–2002)

Down 1,324 this week
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 for his frequent, well-publicized barroom brawls and the like, including being stabbed in 1973. In his later years, he continued as a screen actor ... See full bio »

Radical On-Screen Transformations

Blonde ambition, mega muscles, and more!

See the gallery

The Best Movies Coming This Summer

Plan your summer of movies with IMDb's Summer Movie Guide, featuring all the best films coming to theaters and streaming this season.

See the full list

Related News

On Prime Video

Watch on TV

Reservoir Dogs
Tue, Jul 05 12:32 PM PDT on ACMAX (533)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Wed, Jul 06 8:30 AM PDT on SHOW (559)

Editorial Lists

Related lists from IMDb editors

a list of 10 images
updated 26 Oct 2017

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 people
created 12 Jun 2018
list image
a list of 31 images
created 18 Jul 2016
a list of 35 people
created 11 Apr 2015
a list of 44 people
created 27 Feb 2017
a list of 34 people
created 16 Apr 2019

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDb page

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Lawrence Tierney's work have you seen?

User Polls


Known For

Reservoir Dogs Joe Cabot
Bodyguard Mike Carter
Junior Mover


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (102 credits)
 1999 Evicted
 1998 Armageddon
Eddie 'Gramp' Stamper (uncredited)
 1998 Southie
Colie Powers
 1997 American Hero
Captain Roads
 1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
- 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
 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
 1994 French Intensive (Short)
Uncle Larry
 1993 The Route (Short)
 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 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 City of Hope
 1991 Dillinger (TV Movie)
Sheriff Sarber
 1990 Why Me?
Armenian Robber #1
 1989 The Horror Show
 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
John Doyle
- The Black Dahlia (1988) ... John 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
 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)
 1982 Midnight
Bert Johnson
 1981 Arthur
Man in Coffee Shop
 1981 The Prowler
Major Chatham
 1980 Gloria
Broadway Bartender
 1980 Bloodrage
 1978 The Kirlian Witness
 1977 Bad
 1975 Abduction
FBI Agent 1
 1971 Such Good Friends
Hospital Guard
 1968 Killer Without a Face
Il muto (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)
- A Pair of Boots (1962) ... Jim (as Laurence Tierney)
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
- 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)
- 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)
- Walk Through the Night (1960) ... Gorn
 1960 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
- Hot Ice Cream (1960) ... Barney
 1959 New York Confidential (TV Series)
- Massacre (1959) ... Phil
 1959 The Detectives (TV Series)
- Masquerade (1959) ... Terrazi
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
Mike Jensen
- One to Get Lost (1959) ... Mike Jensen
 1956 Singing in the Dark
Biff Lamont
 1955 Female Jungle
Det. Sgt. Jack Stevens
 1954 The Steel Cage
Chet Harmon - 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
 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
 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 (as Larry Tierney)
 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)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (10 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Larry Tierney | Laurence Tierney


6' 1" (1.85 m)


Edward Tierney (sibling) | See more »

Did You Know?

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."


Became a seven decade actor with a sole credit in a 2000 film appearance. See more »


Often played criminals See more »

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed