Monday, November 30, 2015

"The Fast and Furious" Actor Paul Walker 2013 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery

Paul William Walker IV[3] (September 12, 1973[4] – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming-of-age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in five of the next six installments. He also starred in films such as Eight Below, Timeline, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Running Scared.

Outside of acting, Walker was the face of The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men, and starred in the National Geographic Channel series, Expedition Great White. He also founded the charity "Reach Out Worldwide" (ROWW), an organization providing relief efforts for areas affected by natural disasters.

Walker died in a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013, alongside friend Roger Rodas. Three films that he was involved in at the time were released posthumously: Hours (2013), Brick Mansions (2014) and Furious 7 (2015). The song "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa, which appeared on the Furious 7 soundtrack, is a tribute to Walker.

Early life

Walker was born in Glendale, California, and was the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and a fighter who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion.[5][6][7] Paul’s paternal grandfather had a boxing career as “'Irish' Billie Walker”. Paul's ancestry was mostly English, with some German, Swiss,[8] and Irish.[9][10][11] One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s.[5] The oldest of five siblings, Walker was raised primarily in the Sunland community of Los Angeles and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley's Village Christian School in 1991.[12][13] He was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6] After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology.[14]


Walker began his small screen career as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who's the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, and Touched by an Angel. That same year, he starred in a commercial for Showbiz Pizza.[15] Walker's film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. In 1987 he appeared in The Retailiator (aka Programmed to Kill), a low budget cyborg action film, with Robert Ginty. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I'm Telling!; they finished in second place. In 1993 he played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. He and his co-star Heather Tom, who played Victoria Newman, were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a soap opera at the Youth in Film Awards. In 1998, Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She's All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000).

In 2001, Walker's breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious, the first film in the franchise. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Timeline (2003); he had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers (2006).

Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney Pictures' Eight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend.[16] During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that "[Walker] is that guy on some level"[17] when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he "loved working with [Walker] because as a director he's completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. And even better, he's completely game for it."[17]

Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast and Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009.[18] Walker then appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.[19]

The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011.[20] He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast and Furious 6 (2013). For this film, he won the 2014 MTV Movie Award as best on-screen duo, with Vin Diesel. He was part of an ensemble cast in Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), which was Walker's last film released before his death.

Shortly after his death, the Hurricane Katrina based film Hours, which he had completed earlier in 2013, was released on December 13, 2013. He had also completed the action film Brick Mansions, a remake of the French film District 13, which was released in April 2014. At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. The film was completed by using his brothers Caleb and Cody as his body doubles/stand-ins, and CGI, and was released in April 2015.[21][22][23] Walker was also set to play Agent 47 in the video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, but died before production began.[24]

Personal life

Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs.[6][25] He and Rebecca Soteros,[26] a one-time girlfriend, have a daughter named Meadow Walker,[27] who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011.[28] Her godfather is Vin Diesel after Paul's death. He previously dated Jasmine Gosnell.[29]

He held a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu[30] and was awarded with his black belt by Miller posthumously.[31]

Walker held an interest in marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006.[32] He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White (later retitled Shark Men), which premiered in June 2010.[33][34] He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging seven great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. Domeier to study migratory patterns, especially those associated with mating and birthing, over a five-year period of time.[35]

In March 2010, Walker went to Constitución, Chile to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He flew with his humanitarian aid team, Reach Out Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.[36]

An avid car enthusiast, he competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced an M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide.[37] Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.[38]

Roger Rodas became Walker's financial adviser in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide.[39] Rodas, a pro-am racer[40] who worked as Walker's financial adviser,[41] was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia high-end vehicle performance shop owned by Walker.[42]

Walker was close friends with his 2 Fast 2 Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson.[43][44][45] Vin Diesel considered Walker to be like a brother, both on and off screen, and affectionately called him "Pablo."[46] Walker's mother referred to her son as Diesel's "other half."[47]


On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and Roger Rodas, 38, left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan[48] in Rodas's red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street, in a 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames. The crash was caught on film by a security camera.[48][49][50][51][52] Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger.[53] The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene.[50][54] Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and Thermal trauma, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition.[53]

The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars.[55] The coroner's report stated that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was traveling at a speed possibly as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) before the crash. The coroner's report further stated that no alcohol or other drugs were found in the systems of either man.[56] Furthermore, it states that there were no hints of technical problems with the car and neither a damaged surface of the street nor parts on the street played a role in the accident.[57] Police investigated as to whether drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car's involvement.[58] A piece of the car was stolen off the tow truck as the wreckage was towed away on a flatbed. Two men, Jameson Brooks Witty and Anthony Janow,[59] were arrested for grand theft.[60] Walker's autopsy showed "scant soot" in his trachea, leading investigators to believe he died before the car was engulfed in fire, where Rodas was killed on or shortly after impact by head, neck, and chest trauma.[59][61]

In March 2014, further investigation revealed that the speed of the car was the main reason for the crash. The car was said to be traveling between 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) and 93 miles per hour (150 km/h), and had nine-year-old tires that were seldom driven on.[61]

With Furious 7 in the middle of filming at the time of Walker's death, Universal announced an indeterminate hiatus on the production, citing a desire to speak with his family before determining what to do with the film.[62]

Numerous friends and movie stars posted tributes to Walker on social media.[63] His body was cremated and his ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills.[64]

In December 2014, Walker's father, Paul William Walker III, filed a lawsuit against Roger Rodas's estate seeking the return of, or "a proportionate share" of revenue generated by a group of automobiles that were jointly owned by both Walker and Roger Rodas.[65]

In September 2015, Walker's daughter filed a suit against Porsche for wrongful death of her father claiming that the sports car that her father was in had numerous design defects.[66]

On September 29, 2015, it was reported that according to Porsche Cars North America spokesperson Calvin Kim the manufacturer has not yet seen the lawsuit and would not comment on it. He stated: "As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed."[67]



Year Title Role Notes

1986 Monster in the Closet "Professor" Bennett 
1987 Programmed to Kill Jason Credited as Paul W. Walker 
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Michael 
1998 Meet the Deedles Phil Deedle 
1998 Pleasantville Skip Martin 
1999 Varsity Blues Lance Harbor 
1999 She's All That Dean Sampson 
1999 Brokedown Palace Jason 
2000 The Skulls Caleb Mandrake 
2001 The Fast and the Furious Brian O'Conner 
2001 Joy Ride Lewis Thomas 
2002 Life Makes Sense If You're Famous Mikey 
2003 Turbo-Charged Prelude Brian O'Conner 
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O'Conner 
2003 Timeline Chris Johnston 
2004 Noel Mike Riley 
2005 Into the Blue Jared Cole 
2006 Eight Below Jerry Shepard 
2006 Running Scared Joey Gazelle 
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Hank Hansen 
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tim Kearney 
2007 Stories USA Mikey 
2008 The Lazarus Project Ben Garvey 
2009 Fast and Furious Brian O'Conner 
2010 Takers John Rahway 
2011 Fast Five Brian O'Conner 
2013 Vehicle 19 Michael Woods 
2013 Fast and Furious 6 Brian O'Conner 
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Raw Dog 
2013 Hours Nolan Hayes Released two weeks after Walker's death 
2014 Brick Mansions Damien Collier Released five months after Walker's death 
2015 Furious 7 Brian O'Conner Finished posthumously; Walker's last performance in a film, released 1 year, 5 months after his death


Year Title Role Notes

1984–1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dill 
                   Episodes: "Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story" and "Love in the Dark Ages" 
1985–1986 Highway to Heaven Todd Bryant/Eric Travers 
                   Episodes: "Birds of a Feather" and "A Special Love" (Parts 1 and 2) 
1987 Throb Jeremy Beatty 23 episodes 
1990 Charles in Charge Russell Davis Episode: "Dead Puck Society" 
1991 Who's the Boss? Michael Haynes Episode: "You Can Go Home Again" 
1991 What a Dummy Rick Episode: "Bringing Up Baby" 
1992 The Young and the Restless Brandon Collins 
1996 Touched by an Angel Jonathan 
2010 Shark Men Himself 3 episodes, aka Expedition Great White 
2013 Shark Week Himself 1 episode 

Music videos 

Year Artist Song Notes 

1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Wrong Thing Right Then"
2003 Ludacris "Act a Fool" 
2013 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa "We Own It" 
2015 Wiz Khalifa "See You Again" Posthumous tribute including scenes by Walker from Furious 7


1. Fahy, Colette. "Paul Walker leaves entire $25 million fortune to daughter Meadow, 15, with instructions to make his mother her legal guardian", Daily Mail, published 02-05-2014. 
2. Weisman, Aly. "Paul Walker Left His Entire $25 Million Estate To His 15-Year-Old Daughter — But Things Could Get Messy", Business Insider, published 02-04-2014. 
3. WGN News at Nine. November 30, 2013. 32 minutes in. WGN-TV/WGN America. 
4. "Paul Walker – Biography". The New York Times. 
5. Hobson, Louis B. (June 17, 2001). "Paul Walker kicks it into high gear". 
6. Keck, William (September 27, 2005). "Fame lets Paul Walker dive in". USA Today. 
7. Atkin, Hillary (June 6, 2003). "Walker's in the 'Fast' lane to film stardom". USA Today. 
8. "Paul William Walker ancestry". May 9, 2010. 
9. "Paul William Walker II". 
10. "Paul William Walker II 1930 United States Census". 
11. "Meet Paul Walker". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. March 29, 2006. 
12. "Stars React To Paul Walker's Death, Other Crash Victim Identified". CBS Los Angeles. December 1, 2013. 
13. Gazzar, Brenda (December 1, 2013). "‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker remembered as kind, carefree". Los Angeles Daily News. 
14. "Paul Walker Bio: Fast and Furious Actor". Tribute. Tribute Entertainment Media Group. 
15. Youtube. "Showbiz Pizza Commercial". 
16. "Eight Below (2006)". Box Office Mojo. 
17. Murray, Rebecca. "Interview with 'Running Scared' writer/director Wayne Kramer". 
18. "Apple – Movie Trailers – Fast and Furious". Apple. 
19. Fleming, Michael (September 9, 2008). "Screen Gems digs up 'Bone' cast". Variety. 
20. "Coty Prestige Announces Agreement with Paul Walker". PR Newswire. January 14, 2011. 
21. "Report: Paul Walkers death forces delay of Fast and Furious 7 shoot". HitFix. December 1, 2013. 
22. 'Fast and Furious 7' will shoot scenes with doubles and replace Paul Walker with CGI to keep him in the film – NY Daily News 
23. The Deadline Team. "Paul Walker’s Brothers Jumping In To Help Finish ‘Fast and Furious 7′ Action Scenes - Deadline". Deadline. 
24. Trumbore, Dave. "Paul Walker Leads HITMAN Reboot in AGENT 47". Collider. 
25. Koltnow, Barry (February 18, 2006). "Just chillin'". The Orange County Register. 
26. Gilbey, Ryan (December 1, 2013). "Paul Walker obituary". The Guardian. 
27. "Meadow Walker- Paul Walker's Daughter". Daily Entertainment News. November 30, 2013. 
28. Smith, Grady (December 1, 2013). "The sides of Paul Walker you may have missed". Entertainment Weekly. 
29. "Ibtimes". 
30. Duane, Daniel (September 6, 2005). "Paul Walker's Adventure Sports Workout Routine". Men's Health. 
31. "Paul Walker receives BJJ Black Belt at Memorial". December 9, 2013. 
32. "Paul Walker Joins The Billfish Foundation to Kick-Off 20th Anniversary Celebration". Sport Fishing. September 25, 2006. 
33. "Paul Walker Leads Shark Expedition". November 12, 2009. 
34. "Actor Paul Walker Joins National Geographic Shark Expedition". DiverWire. November 13, 2009. 
35. "Expedition Great White". National Geographic. 
36. "REACH OUT Worldwide". REACH OUT Worldwide. 
37. "AE Performance". Redline Time Attack. 
38. "Paul Walker, estrella de "Rápidos y furiosos" falleció en accidente de tránsito". El Comercio. 
39. "Call to Action". Merrill Lynch. 
40. "Rodas: Racer, manager, friend to Walker". December 3, 2013. 
41. "Walker and Rodas, you will be missed". Motor Sport. December 1, 2013. 
42. Smith, Perry (November 30, 2013). "Paul Walker, Santa Clarita CEO Reportedly Killed In Fatal Single-Car Crash". KHTS Radio. 
43. Tonks, Owen (January 4, 2014). "Paul Walker best friend Tyrese Gibson still struggling after actor's death". Daily Mirror.
44. Cook, Carlton (January 16, 2014). "Has Paul Walker's Co-Star Tyrese Gibson Converted from Christianity to Islam, After His Visit to Dubai?". The Christian Post. 
45. "Tyrese Gibson Heartbroken Over Paul Walker's Death". ABC News. December 4, 2013. 
46. "Vin Diesel Reacts to Paul Walker's Death: ‘I Will Always Love You’". The Wrap. 
47. "Paul Walker death: Vin Diesel's touching Facebook post about how he lost his 'other half'". The Mirror. 
48. Duke, Alan; Sutton, Joe (November 30, 2013). "'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker killed in car crash". CNN. 
49. "Officials: Paul Walker crash not part of street race". The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa CA). December 3, 2013. 
50. "Publicist: Fast and Furious Actor Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash". Time (New York). November 30, 2013. 
51. Schabner, Dean (November 30, 2013). 'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker Killed in Crash". ABC News. 
52. Landau, Joel (November 30, 2013). "Paul Walker dead at 40: 'Fast and Furious' star killed in fiery car crash". Daily News (New York). 
53. "Autopsy blames impact and fire for actor Paul Walker'stl death". CNN. December 4, 2013. 
54. "Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker dies in California car crash". BBC News. December 1, 2013. 
55. Wood, Daniel B. (December 4, 2013). "Paul Walker crash could 'romanticize' growing street racing culture". The Christian Science Monitor. 
56. "Speed may have been factor in Fast and Furious star Paul Walker's crash". Sunday Morning Herald. January 4, 2014. 
57. ""Fast and Furious"-Star : Walker-Auto war fast 100 Stundenkilometer zu schnell". Die Welt (in German). January 4, 2014. 
58. "Paul Walker death investigation: Police rule out second vehicle, focus on speed". CNN. 
59. Dillon, Nancy (January 4, 2014). "Paul Walker’s autopsy report reveals horrific final moments before ‘Fast and Furious’ star’s fatal crash; Porsche was traveling at more than 100 mph at impact". Daily News. 
60. "UPDATE: Two Charged with Theft from Paul Walker, Roger Rodas Porsche". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. December 9, 2013. 
61. Duke, Alan (March 26, 2014). "Investigators: Speed – not drugs, racing or mechanical failure – killed Paul Walker". CNN. 
62. Gonzalez, Maricela. "'Fast and Furious 7' production halted after Paul Walker's death". Entertainment Weekly. 
63. "'Speechless' Vin Diesel pays tribute to Paul Walker". The New Zealand Herald (Auckland). December 2, 2013. 
64. "Paul Walker has been Buried at The Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills Today". December 4, 2013. 
65. Zuckerman, Esther. "Paul Walker's dad files claim against estate of driver in fatal car crash". Entertainment Weekly. 
66. "Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche over father's fatal crash". Mashable. 

"Hart to Hart" Actor Lionel Stander 1994 Forest Lawn Glendale Cemetery

Lionel Jay Stander (January 11, 1908 – November 30, 1994) was an American actor in films, radio, theater and television.


Early life and career

Lionel Stander was born in The Bronx, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrants, the first of three children. According to newspaper interviews with Stander, as a teenager he appeared in the silent film Men of Steel (1926), perhaps as an extra, since he is not listed in the credits. During his one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he appeared in a student production of "The Muse and the Movies: A Comedy of Greenwich Village."

Stander's professional acting career began in 1928, as Cop and First Fairy in "Him" by e.e. cummings, at the Provincetown Playhouse. He claimed that he got the roles because one of them required shooting craps, which he did well, and a friend in the company volunteered him. He appeared in a series of short-lived plays through the early 1930s, including The House Beautiful, which Dorothy Parker famously derided as "the play lousy."

Early film roles

In 1932, Stander landed his first credited film role in the Warner-Vitaphone short feature In the Dough (1932), with Fatty Arbuckle and Shemp Howard. He made several other shorts, the last being The Old Grey Mayor (1935) with Bob Hope in 1935. That same year, he was cast in a feature, Ben Hecht's The Scoundrel (1935), with Noël Coward. He moved to Hollywood and signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Stander was in a string of films over the next three years, appearing most notably in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) with Gary Cooper, playing Archie Goodwin in Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) and The League of Frightened Men (1937), and in A Star Is Born (1937) with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.

Radio roles

Stander's distinctive rumbling voice, tough-guy demeanor, and talent with accents made him a popular radio actor. In the 1930s and 1940s, he was on The Eddie Cantor Show, Bing Crosby's KMH show, the Lux Radio Theater production of A Star Is Born, The Fred Allen Show,[1] the Mayor of the Town series with Lionel Barrymore and Agnes Moorehead, Kraft Music Hall on NBC, Stage Door Canteen on CBS, the Lincoln Highway Radio Show on NBC, and The Jack Paar Show, among others.

In 1941, he starred in a short-lived radio show called The Life of Riley on CBS, no relation to the radio, film, and television character later made famous by William Bendix. Stander played the role of Spider Schultz in both Harold Lloyd's film The Milky Way (1936) and its remake ten years later, The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), starring Danny Kaye. He was a regular on Danny Kaye's zany comedy-variety radio show on CBS (1946–1947), playing himself as "just the elevator operator" amidst the antics of Kaye, future Our Miss Brooks star Eve Arden, and bandleader Harry James.

Also during the 1940s, he played several characters on The Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda animated theatrical shorts, produced by Walter Lantz. For Woody Woodpecker, he provided the voice of Buzz Buzzard.


Strongly liberal and pro-labor, Stander espoused a variety of social and political causes, and was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. At a SAG meeting held during a 1937 studio technicians' strike, he told the assemblage of 2000 members: "With the eyes of the whole world on this meeting, will it not give the Guild a black eye if its members continue to cross picket lines?" (The NYT reported: "Cheers mingled with boos greeted the question.") Stander also supported the Conference of Studio Unions in its fight against the Mob-influenced International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Also in 1937, Ivan F. Cox, a deposed officer of the San Francisco longshoremen's union, sued Stander and a host of others, including union leader Harry Bridges, actors Fredric March, Franchot Tone, Mary Astor, James Cagney, Jean Muir, and director William Dieterle. The charge, according to Time magazine, was "conspiring to propagate Communism on the Pacific Coast, causing Mr. Cox to lose his job."

In 1938, Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohn allegedly called Stander "a Red son of a bitch" and threatened a US$100,000 fine against any studio that renewed his contract. Despite critical acclaim for his performances, Stander's film work dropped off drastically. After appearing in 15 films in 1935 and 1936, he was in only six in 1937 and 1938. This was followed by just six films from 1939 through 1943, none made by major studios, the most notable being Guadalcanal Diary (1943).

Stander and HUAC

Stander was among the first group of Hollywood actors to be subpoenaed before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1940 for supposed Communist activities. At a grand jury hearing in Los Angeles in August 1940—the transcript of which was shortly released to the press—John R. Leech, the self-described former "chief functionary" of the Communist Party in Los Angeles, named Stander as a CP member, along with more than 15 other Hollywood notables, including Franchot Tone, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Clifford Odets and Budd Schulberg. Stander subsequently forced himself into the grand jury hearing, and the district attorney cleared him of the allegations.

Stander appeared in no films between 1944 and 1945. Then, with HUAC's attentions focused elsewhere due to World War II, he played in a number of mostly second-rate pictures from independent studios through the late 1940s. These include Ben Hecht's Specter of the Rose (1946), the Preston Sturges comedies The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) with Harold Lloyd and Trouble Makers (1948) with The Bowery Boys. One classic emerged from this period of his career, the Preston Sturges comedy Unfaithfully Yours (1948) with Rex Harrison.

In 1947, HUAC turned its attention once again to Hollywood. That October, Howard Rushmore, who had belonged to the CPUSA in the 1930s and written film reviews for the Daily Worker, testified that writer John Howard Lawson, whom he named as a Communist, had "referred to Lionel Stander as a perfect example of how a Communist should not act in Hollywood." Stander was again blacklisted from films, though he played on TV, radio, and in the theater.

In March 1951, actor Larry Parks, after pleading with HUAC investigators not to force him to "crawl through the mud" as an informer, named several people as Communists in a "closed-door session," which made the newspapers two days later. He testified that he knew Stander, but didn't recall attending any CP meetings with him.

At a HUAC hearing in April 1951, actor Marc Lawrence named Stander as a member of his Hollywood Communist "cell," along with screenwriter Lester Cole and screenwriter Gordon Kahn. Lawrence testified that Stander "was the guy who introduced me to the party line," and that Stander said that by joining the CP, he'd "get to know the dames more"—which Lawrence, who didn't enjoy film-star looks, thought a good idea. Upon hearing of this, Stander shot off a telegram to HUAC chair John S. Wood, calling Lawrence's testimony that he was a Communist "ridiculous" and asking to appear before the Committee, so he could swear to that under oath. The telegram concluded: "I respectfully request an opportunity to appear before you at your earliest possible convenience. Be assured of my cooperation." Two days later, Stander sued Lawrence for $500,000 for slander. Lawrence left the country ("fled," according to Stander) for Europe.

After that, Stander was blacklisted from TV and radio. He continued to act in the theater roles, and played Ludlow Lowell in the 1952-53 revival of Pal Joey on Broadway and on tour.


Two years passed before Stander was issued the requested subpoena. Finally, in May 1953, he testified at a HUAC hearing in New York, where he made front-page headlines nationwide by being uproariously uncooperative, memorialized in the Eric Bentley play, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been. The New York Times headline was "Stander Lectures House Red Inquiry." In a dig at bandleader Artie Shaw, who had tearfully claimed in a Committee hearing that he had been "duped" by the Communist Party, Stander testified,

"I am not a dupe, or a dope, or a moe, or a schmoe...I was absolutely conscious of what I was doing, and I am not ashamed of anything I said in public or private."

An excerpt from that statement was engraved in stone for "The First Amendment Blacklist Memorial" by Jenny Holzer at the University of Southern California.

Other notable statements during Stander's 1953 HUAC testimony:

"[Testifying before HUAC] is like the Spanish Inquisition. You may not be burned, but you can't help coming away a little singed." 

"I don't know about the overthrow of the government. This committee has been investigating 15 years so far, and hasn't found one act of violence." 

"I know of a group of fanatics who are desperately trying to undermine the Constitution of the United States by depriving artists and others of life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness without due process of law ... I can tell names and cite instances and I am one of the first victims of it. And if you are interested in that and also a group of ex-fascists and America-Firsters and anti-Semites, people who hate everybody including Negroes, minority groups and most likely themselves ... and these people are engaged in a conspiracy outside all the legal processes to undermine the very fundamental American concepts upon which our entire system of democracy exists."[2] 

"...I don't want to be responsible for a whole stable of informers, stool pigeons, and psychopaths and ex-political heretics, who come in here beating their breast and say, 'I am awfully sorry; I didn't know what I was doing. Please--I want absolution; get me back into pictures.'" 

"My estimation of this committee is that this committee arrogates judicial and punitive powers which it does not possess."

Stander was blacklisted from the late 1940s until 1965; perhaps the longest period.[2]

Career in independent films in Europe

After that, Stander's acting career went into a free fall. He worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street, a journeyman stage actor, a corporate spokesman—even a New Orleans Mardi Gras king. He didn't return to Broadway until 1961 (and then only briefly in a flop) and to film in 1963, in the low-budget The Moving Finger (although he did provide, uncredited, the voice-over narration for the 1961 noir thriller Blast of Silence.)

Life improved for Stander when he moved to London in 1964 to act in Bertolt Brecht's Saint Joan of the Stockyards, directed by Tony Richardson, for whom he'd acted on Broadway, along with Christopher Plummer, in a stillborn 1963 production of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. In 1965, he was featured in the film Promise Her Anything. That same year Richardson cast him in the black comedy about the funeral industry, The Loved One, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh, with an all-star cast including Jonathan Winters, Robert Morse, Liberace, Rod Steiger, Paul Williams and many others. In 1966, Roman Polanski cast Stander in his only starring role, as the thug Dickie in Cul-de-sac, opposite Françoise Dorléac and Donald Pleasence.

Stander stayed in Europe and eventually settled in Rome, where he appeared in many spaghetti Westerns, most notably playing a bartender named Max in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West. In Rome he connected with Robert Wagner, who cast him in an episode of It Takes a Thief that was shot there. 

Stander's few English-language films in the 1970s include The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight with Robert De Niro and Jerry Orbach, Steven Spielberg's 1941, and Martin Scorsese's New York, New York, which also starred De Niro and Liza Minnelli.

Stander played a supporting role in the TV film Revenge Is My Destiny with Chris Robinson. He played a lounge comic modeled after the real-life Las Vegas comic Joe E. Lewis, who used to begin his act by announcing "Post Time" as he sipped his ever-present drink.

Hart to Hart

After 15 years abroad, Stander moved back to the U.S. for the role he is now most famous for: Max, the loyal butler, cook, and chauffeur to the wealthy, amateur detectives played by Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers on the 1979–1984 television series Hart to Hart (and a subsequent series of Hart to Hart made-for-television films). In 1983, Stander won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV."

In 1986, he became the voice of Kup in The Transformers: The Movie. In 1991 he was a guest star in the television series Dream On, playing "Uncle Pat" in the episode "Toby or Not Toby". His final theatrical film role was as a dying hospital patient in The Last Good Time (1994), with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Olivia d'Abo, directed by Bob Balaban.


Stander died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, in 1994 at age 86. He was buried in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Personal life

Stander's personal life was as tumultuous as his professional one. He was married six times. The first time in 1932 and the last in 1972. All but the last marriage ended in divorce. He fathered six daughters (one wife had no children; one had twins).


In the Dough (1932) 
The Scoundrel (1935) 
Page Miss Glory (1935) 
The Gay Deception (1935) 
If You Could Only Cook (1935) 
I Loved a Soldier (1936) (unfinished) 
The Milky Way (1936) 
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) 
Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) 
More Than a Secretary (1936) 
They Met in a Taxi (1936) 
A Star Is Born (1937) 
The League of Frightened Men (1937) 
The Last Gangster (1937) 
The Crowd Roars (1938) 
No Time to Marry (1938) 
What a Life (1939) 
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) 
The Bride Wore Crutches (1941) 
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) 
Guadalcanal Diary (1943) 
Tahiti Honey (1943) 
Fish Fry (1944) (uncredited voice) 
The Big Show-Off (1945) 
The Loose Nut (1945) (uncredited voice) 
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) 
Who's Cookin' Who? (1946) (uncredited voice) 
Specter of the Rose (1946) 
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) 
Call Northside 777 (1948) 
Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948) 
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) 
Wet Blanket Policy (1948) (uncredited voice) 
Trouble Makers (1948) 
Wild and Woody! (1948) (uncredited voice) 
Drooler's Delight (1949) (uncredited voice) 
Puny Express (1951) (voice) 
St. Benny the Dip (1951) 
Two Gals and a Guy (1951) 
Blast of Silence (1961) (uncredited narrator) 
The Loved One (1965) 
Promise Her Anything (1965) 
Cul-de-sac (1966) 
Seven Times Seven (1968) 
Beyond the Law (Al di là della legge) (1968) 
A Dandy in Aspic (1968) 
Gates to Paradise (1968) 
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 
Boot Hill (1969) 
Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence (1969) 
How Did a Nice Girl Like You Get Into This Business? (1970) 
Between Miracles (1971) 
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) 
We Are All in Temporary Liberty (1971) 
The Eroticist (1972) 
Pulp (1972) 
Sting of the West (1972) 
Treasure Island (1972) 
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1972) 
Dirty Weekend (1973) 
Father Jackleg (1973) 
The Black Hand (The Birth of the Mafia) (1973) 
Halleluja to Vera Cruz (1973) 
The Sensual Man (1974) 
La via dei babbuini (1974) 
Innocence and Desire (1974) 
Cormack of the Mounties (1974) 
La novizia (1975) 
Mark of Zorro (1976) 
The Cassandra Crossing (1976) 
The Rip-Off (1977) 
New York, New York (1977) 
Matilda (1978) 
Cyclone (1978) 1941 (1979) 
The Transformers: The Movie (1986) (voice) 
Wicked Stepmother (1989) 
Cookie (1989) 
The Last Good Time (1994)

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source

1937 Lux Radio Theatre Mr. Deeds Goes to Town[3]


1. Fred Allen's Radio Comedy 
2. Belton, John. A Theory of Justice. 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2013, p. 309f. 
3. "Those Were The Days". Nostalgia Digest 40 (1): 32–39. Winter 2014.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"Bosum Buddies" Actress Wendy Jo Sperber 2005 Mt. Sinai Cemetery

Wendie Jo Sperber (September 15, 1958 – November 29, 2005) was an American actress, known for her performances in the films I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Bachelor Party (1984), and Back to the Future (1985) and as well as the television sitcoms Bosom Buddies (1980–1982) and Private Benjamin (1982–1983).

Early life and career

Sperber was born in Hollywood and aimed for a performing-arts career from high school onward. She attended the summer Teenage Drama Workshop at California State University, Northridge, during the 1970s, and began her screen career at a young age when she was cast in the small role of "Kuchinsky," in Matthew Robbins' 1978 teen comedy Corvette Summer, alongside Mark Hamill and Annie Potts. 

She appeared in Robert Zemeckis' period comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand, as the irrepressible "Rosie Petrofsky." Sperber was overweight, but was able to move quickly on screen (Entertainment Weekly described Rosie Petrofsky as "a screaming Beatlemaniac who, among other things, climbed through elevator shafts"),[1] and her “girl-next-door” appearance helped her to overcome the stigma of her weight. Leslie Hoffman, stuntwoman, did the leap from the car.

She played the title role in the ABC Afterschool Special feature Dinky Hocker, which dealt with a teenager's attempts to hide her feelings by eating, and engaged in physical comedy in Steven Spielberg's 1941. Zemeckis, who also worked on 1941, brought Sperber back to the big screen in 1980 with a role in his comedy Used Cars, but it was on television that year that Sperber finally began to receive more serious attention. She was cast in the role of "Amy Cassidy;" a character that was funny, romantic, and exuberant— in the series Bosom Buddies, starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. Following its cancellation in 1982, Sperber appeared in the comedy The First Time, and worked a year on the series Private Benjamin.[2] 

She then resumed her feature work in the Tom Hanks theatrical vehicle Bachelor Party, directed by Neal Israel. Israel used her again in Moving Violations in 1985. That same year, she appeared as Linda McFly in Zemeckis' highly successful Back to the Future.

Sperber's roles grew larger in the wake of Back to the Future, and over the next decade she starred in the series Babes (a comedy about three zaftig women; her costar Susan Peretz also lost her fight with breast cancer a year earlier). In 1994, Sperber was cast in a major supporting part in the CBS-TV series Hearts Afire. By this time, she had lost a lot of weight. As far as acting roles were concerned, she preferred comedy. As she told TV Guide in 1990, “I'm an actress who likes to say something funny—everybody laughs and your job is done.”

Involvement in social issues

In addition to her work on TV and movies, Sperber also was the founder of weSPARK Cancer Support Center, an independent organization formed in 2001 to advance and help support individuals and their families fighting various forms of cancer through free emotional support, information and social events/activities. In addition to being the founder, Sperber also served on the board of directors and wrote the quarterly newsletter. According to one of the last known interviews with Sperber by Terra Wellington,[3] the weSPARK organization was her key cause and effort in the last year of her life with her stating "The whole idea of weSPARK's programming was that I didn't want people to walk into a room and have a therapist ask how they feel. I wanted peer support."[4]

Each year, weSPARK has put on an extravagant benefit show called weSPARKLE to raise funds for the organization. The event has been attended by many of Sperber's friends and colleagues, including Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, John Ritter, and Eric McCormack. In 1998, Sperber also helped the United States Postal Service unveil and promote a breast-cancer stamp.

Personal life

In 1983, Sperber married Richard Velasquez and had a son, Preston, in 1986, and a daughter, Pearl, in 1990. Pearl also goes by the name "Daphne." The marriage ended in divorce in 1994.


In 1997, Sperber was diagnosed with breast cancer, which seemed to go into remission following treatment. She revealed in April of 2002 that the cancer had reappeared and spread throughout her body, and by mid-2004 she had undergone experimental brain radiation therapy.[4] She continued to work in television and movies during this period, including episodes of Unhappily Ever After, Home Improvement, Will and Grace, Grounded for Life, and the movies Desperate But Not Serious (1999) and Sorority Boys (2002).

She died on November 29, 2005 at the age of 47.[5] Her last work was lending her voice to "Roger 'n' Me," an episode of American Dad! in 2006, which aired after her death. The producers of the show renamed her character as Wendie Jo in honor of the actress.

Documentary film

Sperber is the subject of the documentary The Show Must Go On, directed by Beth Murphy. The film follows the actress through her treatments to battle breast cancer during the production of the 2004 weSPARKLE event.



Year Title Role Notes

1978 Corvette Summer Kuchinsky 
         I Wanna Hold Your Hand Rosie Petrofsky 
1979 1941 Maxine Dexheimer Dinky 
         Hocker Susan 'Dinky' Hocker Television Movie 
1980 Used Cars Nervous Nona 
1983 The First Time Eileen 
1984 Bachelor Party Dr. Tina Gassko 
1985 Back to the Future Linda McFly 
         Moving Violations Joan Pudillo 
1986 Stewardess School Jolean Winters 
1987 Delta Fever Claire 
1990 Back to the Future Part III Linda McFly 
         The Image Anita Cox Television Movie 
1994 Mr. Write Roz Love Affair Helen 
1995 Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie Woman With Kitten 
         The Return of Hunter Lucille Television Movie 
1996 Big Packages 
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Landlady 
2000 Pissed Wendy 
2002 Sorority Boys Professor Bendler 
2003 My Dinner with Jimi Louella 
2010 Take 22: Behind the Scenes of Sequestered Cece


Year Title Role Notes

1980 - 1982 Bosom Buddies Amy Cassidy 
1982 - 1983 Private Benjamin Pvt. Stacy Kouchalakas 
1987 - 1988 Women in Prison Pam 
1989 Designing Women Estelle Rhinehart Episode - The Women of Atlanta 
1990 - 1991 Babes Charlene Gilbert 
1991 Married... with Children Sandy (Al's old girlfriend from high school) 
          Episode - I Who Have Nothing 
1992 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Carol 2 Episodes 
1992 - 1993 Hearts Afire Mavis Davis 
1998 Murphy Brown Ann Episode - Bad Hair Day 
1999 Will and Grace April Episode - My Fair Maid-y 
2002 8 Simple Rules Alice 4 Episodes 
2003 Touched by an Angel Tricia Episode - And A Nightingale Sang 
2005 Grounded for Life Mrs. Robinson Episode - The Letter(s) 
2006 American Dad! Old Lady/Wendie Jo (Voice) Episode - Roger and Me


As is often the case in Hollywood, Sperber's age was a matter of contention at the time of her death. Some reports stated she "died in her 40s." According to an Associated Press report on December 1, 2006: "Her publicist first said that Sperber was 46, but later said she was 43 based on an Internet resource. The Associated Press reported in September that Sperber was 47." Her year of birth was widely published as 1962, but her California birth record shows her birthdate as September 15, 1958, thus she was in fact 47 at the time of her death. In the Director's commentary of the DVD release of I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Robert Zemeckis states that Sperber lied about her age claiming to be 18 when she was 17.


1. "One Fun Babe". Entertainment Weekly. 1990-10-12. 
2. IMDb at 
3. "Terra Wellington Biography". 
4. Wellington, Terra (September–October 2004), Bosom Buddy Transforms Pain Into Hope, REAL Magazine, pp. 29–31 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sixties Activist Jerry Rubin Jaywalks Wilshire Blvd. to His Death 1994

Jerry Rubin (July 14, 1938 – November 28, 1994) was an American radical social activist during the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s, he became a successful businessman.

Rubin played an instrumental role in the anti-war demonstrations that accompanied the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago by helping to organize the Yippie "Festival of Life" in Lincoln Park and speaking at an anti-war rally at the Grant Park bandshell on August 28, 1968. Violence between Chicago police and demonstrators (which an official government report called a "police riot") eventually led to the indictment of Rubin and seven others (Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis, John Froines, David Dellinger, Lee Weiner, Tom Hayden, and Bobby Seale) on several charges of conspiracy and incitement to riot.

The defendants were commonly referred to as the "Chicago Eight." Seale's trial, however, was severed from the others after he demanded the right to serve as his own lawyer and was sentenced to four years in prison for contempt of court, making the Chicago Eight the Chicago Seven. Rubin, along with the six other defendants, was found not guilty on the charge of conspiracy but guilty (with four other defendants) on the charge of incitement. He was also sentenced by the judge to more than three years in prison for contempt of court. All the convictions for incitement were later thrown out by an appeals court, who cited judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. Most of the contempt of court citations were also overturned on appeal.

After the Vietnam War ended, Rubin became an entrepreneur and businessman. He was an early investor in Apple Computer.

On November 14, 1994, Rubin jaywalked on Wilshire Boulevard, near UCLA in Los Angeles, California. It was a weekday evening and traffic was heavy, with three lanes in each direction. A car swerved to miss Rubin but a second car, immediately behind the first, was unable to avoid him. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center, where he died 14 days later. He is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Character Actor Marc Lawrence 2005 Westwood Village Cemetery

Marc Lawrence (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]

Personal life

Lawrence was born as Max Goldsmith 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. He married Odessa-born novelist and screenwriter Fanya Foss, with whom he had two children; she died on December 12, 1995. Lawrence died of heart failure on November 28, 2005 at the age of 95. He was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.[5] 

His son, Michael Lawrence, is a writer and artist based on the Greek island of Hydra, whose book, My Voyage In Art, details his meetings with various of his father's actor friends; while at UCLA he befriended the singer-songwriter James Douglas "Jim" Morrison. His daughter, actress Toni Lawrence, was once married to actor Billy Bob Thornton and starred in his film Daddy's Girl.


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. Garfield followed, starting his film career in 1938. 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 was blacklisted 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).

One of his last roles was as Mr. Zeemo in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang." Previously he played the elderly Gatherer Volnoth in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Vengeance Factor."

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).

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

Partial filmography

White Woman (1933) 
Night Waitress (1934) 
Little Big Shot (1935) 
The Final Hour (1936) 
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) 
Counsel for Crime (1937) 
Racketeers in Exile (1937) 
Murder in Greenwich Village (1937) 
Motor Madness (1937) 
I Promise to Pay (1937) 
A Dangerous Adventure (1937) 
The Spider's Web (1938 serial) 
Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938) 
Adventure in Sahara (1938) 
Sergeant Madden (1939) 
Blind Alley (1939) 
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939) 
Invisible Stripes (1939) 
Johnny Apollo (1940) 
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940) 
The Monster and the Girl (1941) 
The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) 
Hold That Ghost (1941) 
Sundown (1941) 
Nazi Agent (1942) 
This Gun for Hire (1942) 
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942) 
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 
Submarine Alert (1943) 
Tampico (1944) 
The Princess and the Pirate (1944) 
Dillinger (1945) 
Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) 
Don't Fence Me In (1945) 
Cloak and Dagger (1946) 
Inside Job (1946) 
Captain from Castile (1947) 
I Walk Alone (1948) 
Key Largo (1948) 
Jigsaw (1949) 
Tough Assignment (1949) 
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) 
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 
The Desert Hawk (1950) 
Black Hand (1950) 
My Favorite Spy (1951) 
Vacation with a Gangster (1951) 
La Tratta delle bianche (1952) 
Funniest Show on Earth (1953) 
Noi peccatori (1953) 
New Moon (1955) 
Helen of Troy (1956) 
Kill Her Gently (1957) 
Johnny Cool (1963) 
Al Capone (1966) 
Johnny Tiger (1966) 
Savage Pampas (1966) 
Custer of the West (1967) 
Kong Island (1968) 
Krakatoa, East of Java (1969) 
The Kremlin Letter (1970) 
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 
Pigs (1972) 
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) 
Marathon Man (1976) 
A Piece of the Action (1977) 
Foul Play (1978) 
Hot Stuff (1979) 
Super Fuzz (1980) 
Cat and Dog (1982) 
Night Train to Terror (1985) 
The Big Easy (1987) 
Blood Red (1989) 
Ruby (1992) 
Newsies (1992) 
Four Rooms (1995) 
From Dusk till Dawn (1996) 
Gotti (1996) 
End of Days (1999) 
The Shipping News (2001) 
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)


1. "Marc Lawrence, 95, Actor Whose Specialty Was Tough Guys, Dies". New York Times. Associated Press. 2005-12-03. 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 1930's, died on Monday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 95. ... 
2. Marc Lawrence Biography (1910-2005) 
3. Vallance, Tom (2005-12-03). "Marc Lawrence". The Independent. 
4. "Marc Lawrence". Telegraph. 2005-12-03. 
5. Marc Lawrence at Find a Grave

Further reading

Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget, by Justin Humphreys. BearManor Media, Albany, 2006. ISBN 1-59393-041-0.