Sunday, February 21, 2010
Remembering Peter Lee Lawrence
Born Karl Hyrenbach on February 21, 1944 in Lindau, Bavaria, Germany, we know him as Peter Lee Lawrence. He had been living with his mother in Nice, France and appearing in photo novels as Pierre Clément. His first role was in the flashback scene in Sergio Leone's “For a Few Dollars More” as Colonel Mortimer's sister's fiancé . He would go on to appear in over 15 Eurowesterns, among them “Fury of Johnny Kid”, “Killer Caliber .32”, “Days of Violence” and For a Few Bullets More” all 1967. “Killer Adios” (1968), “Garringo” (1969), “Another Dollar for the MacGregors” (1970). He was sometimes credited as Arthur Grant and was one of the stars of the Spaghetti Western era but also acted in other films such as his leading performance in “Black Beauty” (1971). His last film appearance was in 1974's “ Los Caballeros del Botón de Ancla”. He was married to actress Cristina Galbo from 1969-1974. There has been controversy about Lawrence's death at the age of 30 on April 20, 1974 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. The often told story was he died by suicide, but recently this story has been contradicted by people who knew him including actress Erika Blanc and his wife Cristina Galbo, who have said he died of a brain tumor in a hospital surrounded by family. Today we celebrate what would have been Peter Lee Lawrence's 66th birthday. I mistakenly had his birth year as 2010 so I will leave this post to correct the mis-information I had and you can read Cristina Galbo's reply.