Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Remembering Marc Lawrence
Born Max Goldstein on February 17, 1910 in the Bronx, New York. He attended New York City College where he appeared in a number of stage plays. He then was accepted into Eva Le Gallienne's theater company along with another actor named John Garfield. He was then signed to a contract at Columbia Studios. His scarred complexion and brooding manner made him a perfect for roles as heavies. He found himself under suspicion by the McCarthy committee and admitted he once belonged to the Communist Party. He was blacklisted and moved to Europe where he appeared in a number of Italian productions during the 1960s. Among them were two Eurowestern “Custer of the West” (1967) and "The 5-Man Army" (1969). He returned to the United States and became a TV director. He was married to screenwriter Fanya Foss from 1942 until her death in 1992 and is the father of actress Toni Lawrence. Marc died on November 28, 2005 in Palm Springs, California. Today we remember him on what would have been his 100th birthday.