Mostly Credited As: Marc Lawrence (1)
Sometimes Credited As: Marc Laurence
Marc C. Lawrence
Birth Name: Max Goldsmith
Date Of Birth: February 17, 1910 (Age 95)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York, NY
Date Of Death: November 27, 2005
Cause Of Death: Natural Causes
Marc Lawrence was born in New York on February 17, 1910. It was the classy sidekick, an actor of character specialized in roles of villain and of gangster. During the Witch Hunt he denounced his partners; regretful afterward he asked for pardon publicly in the 60's.
Actor Marc Lawrence died on November 27, 2005 at the age of 95, in the Californian city of Palm Springs, in the USA. Lawrence will be always remembered by his powerful and aggressive portrayals of crooked characters, especially gangsters, in that he made his trademark for more than seven decades.
Lawrence took part in more than 170 films, some of them very outstanding like "Sundown" (Henry Hathaway, 1941); "unconquered" (Cecil B. De Mille, 1947); "The Asphalt Jungle" (John Huston, 1950) , and Diamonds Are forever (Guy Hamilton, 1971), remembered for an appalling scene, where he, along with other henchmen, appears throwing actress Lana Wood over the terrace of a hotel towards a swimming pool. His career would remain marked in the year 1951, due to the detestable Witch Hunt that senator McCarthy unleashed in the Hollywood world, in his pertinacious search for actors, the directors, scriptwriters and technicians who belonged to the Communist Party.One of the most bloody episodes in the history of the mecca of cinema, which labeled dozens of professionals, victimized without decency for an industry that was stepping back to the caverns. Lawrence had to emigrate to Italy after being pointed at like leftist, although he denied it and, regrettably, denounced many of their friends; it is true as well that later he repented and asked for public pardon. He even would return to Hollywood at the end of the sixties to recapture his work and to take part again in innumerable productions and finally to write, in 1971, his autobiography, entitled "Confessions of a Hollywood Gangster". Marc Lawrence showed promptly his liking for the world of the acting, and he was already playing in school shows during his stay at the institute, before joining City College of New York; after two years of theatrical work in the company of Eva Le Galienne, his sharp eyes, his stony face and his imposing presence drew attention of Columbia Pictures, which offered him a cinematographic contract. In the following 60 years, in an uninterrupted way and regardless of his age, he was a real and inimitable " actor of character ", and portrayed without rest more and more characters, mostly evil, although occasionally he tried some comedy, as in "Hold that Ghost", along with the comedic duo of Abbott and Costello. Yet Lawrence was a pure blood actor, with other features, although few directors were offering him the opportunity to show it; one of them would be the master Henry Hathaway, under whose direction he played a memorable secondary character without trace of nastiness in the western "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1941). During his Italian exile, after his confession to the execrable Committee of Anti-American Activities, he could work in dozens of Italian movies, especially spaghetti-westerns and gangster movies. When Lawrence returned to Hollywood to live in 1957, he first found work as a director rather than actor as the McCarthy era was not yet over. He helmed episodes of such series as "Maverick" and "77 Sunset Strip". He began acting again around 1960, appearing in numerous episodes of such series as "The Detectives", "The Untouchables" and the Western, "The Rifleman". And after his return to Hollywood he still held an enormous interpretative power; movies as remarkable as "Krakatoa, East of Java" (1969) testify it and, in the seventies, two appearances in the series of James Bond movies, "Diamonds Are Forever", in 1971, and "The Man With the Golden Gun", in 1974. His labor activity was frantic until his last days, and he even went so far as to write and direct several low budget movies in the nineties. His last appearance on the big screen happened, as usual, in a secondary role in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" (2003). He made the occasional guest shot on series like "Shannon's Deal" and "Gabriel's Fire" into the 90s.