Marc Lawrence

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Marc Lawrence , born as Max Goldsmith, (born February 17, 1910 in New York , NY , USA ; † November 28, 2005 in Palm Springs , California ) was an American actor who, in his 70-year film career, was mainly played shady characters.


Marc Lawrence studied at the City College of New York and made his acting debut in 1931. With John Garfield he became a member of the theater company of Eva Le Gallienne and then received a contract with Columbia Pictures . In 1932 he made his film debut in a small role; his scarred face and brooding manner made him a perfect gangster cast. In the 1950s he admitted to the Committee on Un-American Activities that he had once been a member of the US Communist Party . Because he was blacklisted because of this, he filmed for some time in Europe, where he returned again and again later. In the late 1960s he also began working as a television director.

The actor starred in classic Hollywood films such as Trek to Utah (1940) alongside Tyrone Power , Ritt zum Ox-Bow (1943) alongside Henry Fonda and Gangster in Key Largo (1948) alongside Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson . He was also in the James Bond films James Bond 007 - Diamond Fever (1971) and James Bond 007 - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). He also appeared in comedies by Bud Spencer and Terence Hill : as “Mr. Torpedo "in The Supercop (1980) and as" Mr. Salvatore Licuti ”in Bud, the Ganovenschreck (1982). In old age he stood for a supporting role in the gangster film From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) alongside Harvey Keitel , George Clooney and Salma Hayek in front of the camera. One of his last roles was in 1999 in the role of Mr. Zeemo in the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine (episode "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang"). In old age, Lawrence played his last role in the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Private life

Marc Lawrence was married to Fanya Foss from 1942 until her death in 1995 and had two children from this marriage. In 2003 he married Alicia Lawrence, which lasted until his death two years later. Marc Lawrence died of natural causes in November 2005 at the age of 95. In 1991 he published his biography Long Time No See: Confessions of a Hollywood Gangster .

Filmography (selection)


  • Long Time No See: Confessions of a Hollywood Gangster . Autobiography. Ursus Press, Palm Springs 1991, ISBN 0-9636700-0-X .

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