Marc  Lawrence

Marc Lawrence

Male 1910 - Yes, date unknown    Has no ancestors but one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name Marc Lawrence 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 17 Feb 1910 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I373862  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2002 

    Family Fanya Foss 
    Married
    • 2 children
    Children 
     1. Toni Lawrence
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F148416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • American character actor who specialized in underworld types, despite a far greater range. A native of the Bronx, Lawrence participated in plays in school, then attended the City College of New York. In 1930, he was accepted into 'Eva Le Galliene''s company, where he became friendly with another young actor, one day to be known as John Garfield. The two appeared in a number of plays, both with Le Galliene's company and with the highly-politicized Group Theatre, before Lawrence was given a film contract with Columbia Pictures. His scarred complexion and brooding appearance made him a natural for heavies, and he played scores of gangsters and mob bosses over the next six decades. Nevertheless, he could turn in fine performances in very different kinds of roles as well, such as his bewildered mountain boy in Shepherd of the Hills, The (1941). Following the Second World War, as anti-Communist fervor gripped America, Lawrence found himself under scrutiny for his political leanings. When called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, he admitted he had once been a member of the Communist Party. The Committee broke down his resolve and he named the names of other Party members. He was blacklisted and departed for Europe, where he continued to make films, often in leading roles. Following the demise of the blacklist, he returned to America and resumed his position as a familiar and talented purveyor of gangland types. A writer and director as well, Lawrence has remained active in his ninth decade.


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