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Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tierney Born on 15 Mar 1919
Died on 26 Feb 2002
Last modified 15 Mar 2004
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Biography
Strong-featured veteran character actor with a gravelly voice whose career has spanned fifty years in films, TV and theater beginning with "The Ghost Ship (1943)". Tierney broke into B-movie leads with his imposing performance in the title role of "Dillinger (1945)" and played other psychotic gangster types in the cult classics "Born to Kill (1947)" and "The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947)". Although he acted prominent supporting roles in occasional A-budget films including Cecil B. DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)", most of his activity was confined to smaller-scale crime dramas and Westerns. One of his last feature leads was in the lurid but enjoyable "Female Jungle (1954)", in which, as a tough cop, Tierney tussled with an up-and-coming Jayne Mansfield.

Usually cast as a heavy, Tierney has appeared in over 80 films, and has enjoyed a career renaissance since the mid-1980s with roles for directors including John Huston ("Prizzi's Honor (1985)"), John Sayles ("City of Hope (1991)") and Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs (1992)"). Tierney's extensive TV credits include guest spots in over 100 series, ranging from "Hunter (1984)" to Star Trek: The Next Generation and "Seinfeld (1990)". In 1991, he fittingly acted in the TV-movie "Dillinger (1991)" but this time appeared as a sheriff. Tierney was also Casper Buttafuoco, Joey's father, in one of the three TV-movies made about the Amy Fisher case, "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1993)".

Brother of actor Scott Brady, whom, not surprisingly, he very closely resembled.
Sci-Fi TV filmography:
Role Series Episode
Cyrus Redblock ST:TNG 1.12: The Big Goodbye
Regent of Palamar ST:DS9 5.18: Business as Usual