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Marc Lawrence
Marc Lawrence - Dillinger trailer (1945).jpg
Lawrence in Dillinger (1945)
Max Goldsmith

(1910-02-17)February 17, 1910
New York City, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 2005(2005-11-28) (aged 95)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Other namesF. A. Foss
Marc Laurence
Marc C. Lawrence
Years active1930–2003
(m. 1942; died 1995)

Alicia Lawrence
(m. 2003)

Marc Lawrence (born Max Goldsmith; February 17, 1910 – November 28, 2005) was an American character actor who specialized in underworld types. He has also been credited as F. A. Foss, Marc Laurence and Marc C. Lawrence.[1]

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Early life

Lawrence was born in New York City, the son of a Polish Jewish mother, Minerva Norma (née Sugarman), and a Russian Jewish father, Israel Simon Goldsmith.[2][3][4] He participated in plays in school, then attended the City College of New York. In 1930, he received a two-year scholarship to the repertory theater operated by Eva Le Gallienne.[5]


In 1930, Lawrence befriended another young actor, John Garfield. The two appeared in a number of plays before Lawrence was given a film contract with Columbia Pictures. Lawrence appeared in films beginning in 1931.[citation needed] Lawrence's film debut came in 1933.[5] Garfield followed, starting his film career in 1938.[citation needed]

Lawrence's pock-marked complexion, brooding appearance and New York street-guy accent made him a natural for heavies, and he played scores of gangsters and mob bosses over the next six decades. Later, 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. He named Sterling Hayden, Lionel Stander, Anne Revere, Larry Parks, Karen Morley and Jeff Corey as Communists.[6] He was blacklisted[citation needed] and departed for Europe, where he continued to make films.

Following the demise of the blacklist, he returned to America and resumed his position as a familiar and talented purveyor of gangland types. He played gangsters in two James Bond movies: 1971's Diamonds Are Forever opposite Sean Connery, and 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun opposite Roger Moore. He also portrayed a henchman opposite Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man (1976) and a stereotypical Miami mob boss alongside Jerry Reed and Dom DeLuise in the comedy Hot Stuff (1979).

Lawrence played the Volnoth, a member of the Gatherers, in the 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Vengeance Factor". He subsequently returned to the Star Trek franchise when he played Mr. Zeemo in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang", which aired in February 1999.

His final film role was in Looney Tunes Back in Action (2003), appearing as an Acme Corporation vice president.

Lawrence directed Nightmare in the Sun (1965) and Pigs (1973).[5][7]


In 1991 Lawrence's autobiography was published entitled Long Time No See: Confessions of a Hollywood Gangster (ISBN 0-9636700-0-X). Lawrence was also the subject of a novel, The Beautiful and the Profane (ISBN 978-1-4107-0292-0) (published in 2002).

Personal life and death

For much of his adult life Lawrence lived in Palm Springs, California (1971–2005).[8] Lawrence married Odessa-born novelist and screenwriter Fanya Foss. She died on December 12, 1995. They had two children, Michael and Toni.[citation needed]

Lawrence died of heart failure on November 28, 2005, at the age of 95. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Westwood, California.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Marc Lawrence, 95, Actor Whose Specialty Was Tough Guys, Dies". New York Times. Associated Press. December 3, 2005. Retrieved December 8, 2011. Marc Lawrence, whose pockmarked face and brooding mannerisms made him a natural for roles as the tough guy, gangster and undertaker in dozens of movies beginning in the 1930s, died on Monday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 95. ...
  2. ^ "Marc Lawrence Biography (1910-2005)".
  3. ^ Vallance, Tom (December 3, 2005). "Marc Lawrence". The Independent. Archived from the original on March 18, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2007.
  4. ^ "Marc Lawrence". Telegraph. December 3, 2005. Archived from the original on March 17, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c Dellagatta, Steve (July 16, 1998). "Valley resident Marc Lawrence has had a long career as well-known character actor". Palm Desert Post. California, Palm Desert. p. 16. Retrieved November 20, 2018 – via open access
  6. ^ Bergan, Ronald (December 6, 2005). "Obituary: Marc Lawrence". the Guardian.
  7. ^ Willis, Donald C. (1984). Horror and Science Fiction Films III. Scarecrow Press p. 258. ISBN 978-0-8108-1723-4.
  8. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2014) [2012]. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 16. ISBN 978-1479328598.

Further reading

  • Humphreys, Justin (2006). "Marc Lawrence". Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget : Interviews with the Movies' Character Actors (softcover) (First ed.). Albany, GA: BearManor Media. pp. 218–242. ISBN 978-1-62933-094-5.

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