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Lawrence Dobkin ACTOR


Lawrence Dobkin was born on September 16th, 1919 in New York City, New York.  His career in the industry lasted seven decades working not only as an actor but also a screenwriter as well as a director.
He began by working in radio to help pay for his college education at Yale University School of Drama.  He also took on some Broadway stage roles and later took a brief break from acting to serve with the United States Air Force during World War II.
After completing his military service he returned back to working on the radio and played, detective Archie on the radio program, "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" (1950-1951).  Over the course of his radio career he also appeared on the programs, "Escape", "Gunsmoke", "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" and "Lux Radio Theater". 

Some of his more well known film roles included, "Never Fear" (1949) co-starring Keefe Brasselle, Hugh O'Brian, Eve Miller and Sally Forrest, "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949) starring alongside Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Kenneth Tobey, Paul Picerni, Barry Jones, Harry Lauter, Richard Anderson, and Dean Jagger, the film noir "D.O.A." (1950) starring Edmond O'Brien, Beverly Garland, Pamela Britton and Luther Adler, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Frank Conroy and Hugh Marlowe, "Julius Caesar" (1953) starring Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O'Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, George Macready as Marullus, Alan Napier as Cicero, Michael Ansara as Pindarus, Rhys Williams as Lucilius, Douglass Dumbrille as Lepidus, John Doucette as a Citizen of Rome, John Lupton as Varro and Deborah Kerr as Portia among many others, "The Ten Commandments" (1956) starring an ensemble cast including Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, Frank DeKova, H. B. Warner, Henry Wilcoxon, Douglass Dumbrille, Woody Strode, Michael Ansara, Robert Vaughn, Clint Walker, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Edward Franz, Francis J. McDonald and John Carradine among a cast of thousands, "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957) starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Sam Levene, Barbara Nichols, Chico Hamilton and Martin Milner, "The Defiant Ones" (1958) starring Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Charles McGraw, and Lon Chaney Jr., Ivan Dixon, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, King Donovan and Claude Akins, Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" (1959) starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Landau, Edward Platt, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Philip Ober and James Mason., "The Gene Krupa Story" (1959) starring Sal Mineo, James Darren, Susan Kohner and Susan Oliver, "Geronimo" (1962) starring Chuck Connors, Kamala Davi, Adam West, Denver Pyle, John Anderson, Armando Silvestre, Ross Martin, Eduardo Noriega and Pat Conway, "Underground" (1970) with Robert Goulet and Daniele Gaubert, "The Midnight Man" (1974) starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell, Ed Lauter, Charles Tyner, Harris Yulin, Morgan Woodward, Joan Lorring and Catherine Bach, and his final film role in 1980 in, "Hotwire" starring Bruce Paul Barbour, Penny Bennett, Peggy Ann Byers, David S. Cass Sr., Kevin Cooney, Jim Danko, Lawrence Dobkin, Sandy Ellis.
Along with working as a film actor he appeared on numerous television series such as, "Naked City", "The Silent Service", "Mr. Adams and Eve", "The Dupont Show with June Allyson", "The Untouchables", "I Love Lucy", "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie", "Wagon Train", "Studio 57", "77 Sunset Strip", "Crossroads", "Telephone Time" and "Rawhide" among many others.

In addition to his work as an actor he wrote for the NBC series, "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams", "Klondike", "The Rifleman", "Passport to Danger", "Space Patrol", "The Loretta Young Show", "Mr. and Mrs. North", "The Lineup", "Man With a Camera", "The Ann Sothern Show" and "The Detectives".  He also directed for such series as, "The Munsters", "The Waltons", "Star Trek", "B.A.D. Cats", "Dynasty", "Fantasy Island", "The Fall Guy" and "Fame".
Lawrence Dobkin married a total of three different times.  First to Frances Hope Walker in 1942 and after having one child this marriage came to an end in 1960.  He then married Joanna Barnes in 1961 however by 1967, another marriage ended in divorce.  His third wife was Anne Collings whom he wed in 1972 and they had three children together and remained married until he passed away on October 28th, 2002 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from heart failure.  His remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.


2001         Popular
2001         Judging Amy 
2001         NYPD Blue 
1999         Rogue Spear 
1994-1998     Melrose Place 
1998         The Practice
1997         Profiler 
1994         Roswell 
1990-1994     L.A. Law 
1992         Civil Wars
1992         At Night the Sun Shines
1991         The Rape of Doctor Willis 
1991         Star Trek: The Next Generation 
1991         Night Court 
1991         Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time
1991         Matlock
1990         Curiosity Kills 
1990         Rock Hudson 
1989         War and Remembrance 
1989         Almost Grown 
1988         The Charmings 
1986-1987     MacGyver 
1987         Buck James 
1987         Scarecrow and Mrs. King
1985         Cover Up 
1982         Knight Rider 
1982         Voyagers!
1981         Bret Maverick 
1980         Hotwire
1979         In Search of Historic Jesus 
1979         Hawaii Five-O 
1977         Space Academy 
1974         The Waltons 
1974         The Midnight Man
1974         The F.B.I. 
1972         The Streets of San Francisco 
1971         O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
1971         Mission: Impossible 
1970         Underground
1970         Patton
1968         The Big Valley 
1968         Judd for the Defense
1967         CBS Playhouse 
1967         Felony Squad 
1966         Johnny Yuma
1961-1965     Rawhide 
1964         Kraft Suspense Theatre 
1964         Destry 
1964         Grindl 
1958-1964     77 Sunset Strip 
1964         Insight 
1963         Arrest and Trial
1960-1963     Naked City
1963         Empire
1962-1963     The Dick Powell Theatre
1963         Going My Way 
1957-1962     Have Gun - Will Travel
1962         Sam Benedict
1962         Kraft Mystery Theater
1962         The Cabinet of Caligari
1962         Geronimo
1958-1962     The Rifleman 
1961-1962     Target: The Corruptors 
1962         Adventures in Paradise 
1961         Hawaiian Eye 
1961         Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 
1960-1961     The Roaring Twenties 
1961         Cain's Hundred
1961         Bachelor Father
1961         Stagecoach West 
1961         Hong Kong 
1961         The Tab Hunter Show 
1961         Klondike
1961         Las Vegas Beat 
1960         The Best of the Post
1956-1960     Gunsmoke 
1959-1960     The Untouchables 
1959-1960     Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 
1960         Bronco 
1960         Perry Mason
1960         Law of the Plainsman 
1960         The DuPont Show with June Allyson 
1960         Cheyenne
1959         The Gene Krupa Story
1959         Wanted: Dead or Alive 
1959         Riverboat 
1959         The Lineup 
1959         The Detectives 
1959         Man with a Camera
1957-1959     M Squad
1959         Markham 
1959         Captain David Grief 
1959         The Big Operator
1959         North by Northwest
1959         Man Without a Gun 
1959         Peck's Bad Girl
1959         Lawman 
1956-1959     Playhouse 90 
1959         The Ann Sothern Show 
1959         Behind Closed Doors
1957-1959     Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1959         Tokyo After Dark
1959         G.E. True Theater 
1959         The Grand Jury 
1958         The Lost Missile
1958         Wagon Train 
1958         The Donna Reed Show 
1958         Studio One in Hollywood 
1958         Wild Heritage
1958         The Defiant Ones
1958         Mike Hammer
1957-1958     The Adventures of Jim Bowie 
1958         Alcoa Theatre 
1957-1958     Trackdown 
1957-1958     Mr. Adams and Eve
1958         Official Detective
1956-1958     The Millionaire
1957         Telephone Time
1957         Raiders of Old California
1955-1957     Navy Log 
1956-1957     Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 
1957         Undercurrent
1957         Portland Exposé
1956-1957     Matinee Theatre 
1957         The Silent Service 
1957         Sweet Smell of Success
1957         Panic
1957         The Loretta Young Show 
1957         Code 3
1957         The Badge of Marshal Brennan
1957         Whirlybirds 
1954-1956     The Ford Television Theatre 
1956         The 20th Century-Fox Hour 
1956         Wire Service 
1956         The Ten Commandments
1953-1956     Schlitz Playhouse
1955-1956     Soldiers of Fortune
1955-1956     Crossroads
1956         That Certain Feeling
1953-1956     You Are There 
1955-1956     Star Stage
1954-1956     Studio 57
1956         The Killer Is Loose
1953-1956     I Love Lucy 
1956         Crusader 
1956         Chevron Hall of Stars 
1955         Illegal
1955         Passport to Danger 
1955         Kiss of Fire
1955         Jump Into Hell
1955         TV Reader's Digest
1955         Stage 7 
1953-1955     Four Star Playhouse 
1953-1955     Space Patrol 
1955         African Manhunt
1954         Day of Triumph
1954         The Silver Chalice
1953-1954     City Detective 
1954         Sabaka
1954         The Adventures of Falcon 
1954         The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 
1954         Them!
1954         The Long Wait
1953-1954     Mr. & Mrs. North
1954         Riders to the Stars
1953         Adventures of Superman 
1953         The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
1953         I'm the Law 
1953         Julius Caesar
1953         Remains to Be Seen
1953         Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
1953         Biff Baker, U.S.A. 
1952         Above and Beyond
1952         Washington Story
1952         Diplomatic Courier
1952         Loan Shark
1952         Young Man with Ideas
1952         Deadline - U.S.A.
1952         5 Fingers
1952         The First Time
1952         Red Skies of Montana
1952         Dangerous Assignment
1951         Bannerline
1951         On the Loose
1951         The Day the Earth Stood Still
1951         The Mob
1951         Angels in the Outfield
1951         People Will Talk
1951         Chain of Circumstance
1951         The Living Christ Series 
1950         Frenchie
1950         D.O.A.
1949         Never Fear
1949         Twelve O'Clock High
1949         Whirlpool
1949         Not Wanted
1949         Family Theatre
1946         Laughter in Paris

Matinee Classics - Frontier Gentleman Radio Show starring John Dehner, Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Virginia Gregg, Stacy Harris, Johnny Jacobs, Joseph Kearns, Jack Kruschen, Jack Moyles, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin and Barney Phillips
Matinee Classics - Night Beat Radio Show starring Frank Lovejoy, Joan Banks, Parley Baer, William Conrad, Jeff Corey, Lawrence Dobkin, Paul Frees, Jack Kruschen, Peter Leeds, Howard McNear, Lurene Tuttle, Martha Wentworth and Ben Wright
Matinee Classics - The Naked City starring Paul Burke, Nancy Malone, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, John McIntyre, James Franciscus and Suzanne Storrs
Matinee Classics - The Defiant Ones starring Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw, Lon Chaney Jr., King Donovan, Claude Akins, Lawrence Dobkin, Whit Bissell, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Kevin Coughlin and Cara Williams
Matinee Classics - The Gene Krupa Story starring Sal Mineo, Susan Kohner, James Darren, Susan Oliver, Yvonne Craig, Lawrence Dobkin, Celia Lovsky, Red Nichols, Bobby Troup, Anita O'Day, Shelly Manne and Buddy Lester

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