Lawrence Tierney

Lawrence Tierney

  • Highest Rated: 94% City of Hope (1991)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Horror Show (1989)
  • Birthday: Mar 15, 1919
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A one-time model with a long rap sheet of less-than-ideal behavior, character actor Lawrence Tierney nevertheless managed to amass scores of film credits over a five-decade acting career before he passed away in 2002. Born in Brooklyn, NY, five years before actor/ brother Scott Brady, Tierney excelled in high school track, winning a scholarship to Manhattan College. Rather than stay in school, however, Tierney dropped out and became an itinerant laborer before his looks brought him a job as a catalogue model. In the early '40s, Tierney began acting in theater and was subsequently signed by RKO. Strengthening his skills with supporting roles in such films as Val Lewton's moody thriller The Ghost Ship (1943) and early teen drama Youth Runs Wild (1944), Tierney sealed his fame, and his image, with his performance as the eponymous gangster in the superb B-picture Dillinger (1945). Cashing in on Dillinger's success, RKO slotted Tierney into numerous tough guy roles, including two turns as archetypal Western outlaw Jesse James in Badman's Territory (1946) and Best of the Badmen (1950), a murderer in cult noir Born to Kill (1947), a sociopath in The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947), and a career criminal in The Hoodlum (1951). His B-movie stardom also garnered Tierney a typically villainous role in Cecil B. De Mille's Oscar-winner The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). Tierney became just as well known in this period, though, for his offscreen exploits involving copious booze and physical violence. Tierney was such a regular in the Los Angeles jail that cops assured fellow RKO star and hell-raiser Robert Mitchum after his famous 1948 drug arrest, "We're keeping Lawrence Tierney's cell warm for ya." By the mid-'50s, Tierney's roles were becoming smaller and scarcer. His professional situation unchanged despite appearing in John Cassavetes' praised mental hospital drama A Child Is Waiting (1963), Tierney moved to Europe but he continued to get in trouble with the law. After he returned to New York in the late '60s, Tierney supported himself with a variety of jobs, including bartending, and maintained his pugnacious, drunken ways; he was stabbed in a brawl in 1973 and questioned in connection with a woman's suicide in 1975. Still, Tierney managed to score the occasional acting gig, appearing in Otto Preminger's Such Good Friends (1971), Andy Warhol's Bad (1977), and the blockbuster comedy Arthur (1981). Dry by 1983, Tierney returned to Hollywood to resurrect his career in earnest, and soon landed regular work on TV as well as in movies. Along with a role on NBC's Hill Street Blues, Tierney also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation and played a sheriff in the TV movie Dillinger (1991). On film, Tierney was as comfortable in John Sayles' thoughtful drama City of Hope (1991) as in John Huston's esteemed Mafia black comedy Prizzi's Honor (1985) and the tastelessly hilarious The Naked Gun (1988); he drew attention for his vigorous turn as Ryan O'Neal's alcoholic father in Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987). Tierney's most memorable late-career performance, however, was his no-nonsense, dryly funny criminal mastermind Joe Cabot in Quentin Tarantino's heist film Reservoir Dogs (1992). His longevity assured by Dogs, Tierney remained active into the late '90s, appearing in the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Junior (1994) and stylish Tarantino rip-off 2 Days in the Valley (1996), as well as playing Joey Buttafuoco's father in the TV yarn Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" Story (1993). Following the crime drama Southie (1998) and playing hard-nosed oil driller Bruce Willis' gruff father in Armageddon (1998), Tierney's health began to fail. He died in his sleep in February 2002.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Evicted Actor 2004
No Score Yet Evicted Bob 2000
38% Armageddon Hollis Vernon `Grap' Stamper 1998
38% Southie Colie Powers 1998
59% 2 Days in the Valley Older Man 1996
36% Junior Mover 1994
No Score Yet Wizards of the Demon Sword Slave Master 1994
No Score Yet Fatal Passion Actor 1994
No Score Yet A Kiss Goodnight Sgt. Harwood 1994
No Score Yet Eddie Presley West 1992
91% Reservoir Dogs Joe Cabot 1992
94% City of Hope Kerrigan 1991
No Score Yet The Runestone Richardson 1991
No Score Yet Dillinger Sheriff Sarber 1991
No Score Yet The Death Merchant Actor 1991
86% Red Actor 1991
No Score Yet Why Me? Armenian Robber #1 1990
0% The Horror Show Warden 1989
40% Tough Guys Don't Dance Dougy Madden 1987
No Score Yet From a Whisper to a Scream Official at Execution 1987
No Score Yet Murphy's Law Cameron 1986
47% Stephen King's 'Silver Bullet' Owen Knopfler 1985
86% Prizzi's Honor Lt. Hanley 1985
No Score Yet Midnight (Backwoods Massacre) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Midnight Bert Johnson 1982
67% The Prowler Maj. Chatham 1981
88% Arthur Man in Coffee Shop 1981
No Score Yet Never Pick Up a Stranger Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Kirlian Witness Detective 1978
71% Andy Warhol's Bad O'Reilly/O'Crapface 1977
No Score Yet Abduction FBI Agent 1975
No Score Yet Naked Evil (Exorcism at Midnight ) Actor 1973
No Score Yet Such Good Friends Guard 1971
25% Custer of the West Gen. Philip Sheridan 1967
92% A Child Is Waiting Douglas Benham 1963
No Score Yet Female Jungle Det. Jack Stevens 1956
No Score Yet Singing In The Dark Biff 1956
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Henderson 1952
No Score Yet The Bushwhackers Actor 1952
No Score Yet The Bushwackers Sam Tobin 1952
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Vincent Lubeck 1951
No Score Yet Best of the Badmen Jesse James 1951
No Score Yet Hoodlum Actor 1951
No Score Yet Shakedown Coulton 1950
No Score Yet Bodyguard Michael C. 'Mike' Carter 1948
No Score Yet The Devil Thumbs a Ride Steve Morgan 1947
80% Born to Kill Sam Wild 1947
No Score Yet San Quentin Jim Roland 1946
No Score Yet Step by Step Johnny Christopher 1946
No Score Yet Badman's Territory Jesse James 1946
No Score Yet Back to Bataan Lt. Cmdr. Waite 1945
No Score Yet Dillinger John Dillinger 1945
No Score Yet Youth Runs Wild Duncan 1944
71% Ghost Ship Louie 1943
No Score Yet Mama Loves Papa Sharpe 1933

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Regent
  • 1997
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Johnson Mr. Johnson
  • 1996
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1995
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Alton Benes
  • 1991
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Cyrus Redblock
  • 1988
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Molinski
  • 1985

QUOTES FROM Lawrence Tierney CHARACTERS

Mr. Brown
Let me tell you what "Like a Virgin" is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks.
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
No, no. It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been fucked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive...
Mr. Brown
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... Time out Greenbay. Tell that fucking bullshit to the tourists.
Joe Cabot
Toby... Who the fuck is Toby? Toby...
Mr. Brown
"Like a Virgin" is not about this sensitive girl who meets a nice fella. That's what "True Blue" is about, now, granted, no argument about that.
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Which one is "True Blue"?
Nice Guy Eddie
"True Blue" was a big ass hit for Madonna. I don't even follow this Tops In Pops shit, and I've at least heard of "True Blue".
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Look, asshole, I didn't say I ain't heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world's biggest Madonna fan.
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
Personally, I can do without her.
Mr. Blue
I like her early stuff. You know, "Lucky Star", "Borderline" - but once she got into her "Papa Don't Preach" phase, I don't know, I tuned out.
Mr. Brown
Hey, you guys are making me lose my... train of thought here. I was saying something, what was it?
Joe Cabot
Oh, Toby was this Chinese girl, what was her last name?
Mr. White/Larry
What's that?
Joe Cabot
I found this old address book in a jacket I ain't worn in a coon's age. What was that name?
Mr. Brown
What the fuck was I talking about?
Mr. Pink
You said "True Blue" was about a nice girl, a sensitive girl who meets a nice guy, and that "Like a Virgin" was a metaphor for big dicks.
Mr. Brown
Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular fuck machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
Mr. Blue
How many dicks is that?
Mr. White/Larry
A lot.
Mr. Brown
Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherfucker and it's like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in "The Great Escape", he's digging tunnels. Now, she's gettin' the serious dick action and she's feeling something she ain't felt since forever. Pain. Pain.
Joe Cabot
Chew? Toby Chew?
Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega
It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat fucks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a fuck machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence - "Like a Virgin".
Joe Cabot
Wong?
Joe Cabot
Wait a minute, who didn't throw in?
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Mr. Pink.
Joe Cabot
Mr. Pink? Why didn't you throw in?
Mr. Orange/Freddy
He don't tip.
Joe Cabot
He don't tip? What do you mean you don't tip?
Mr. Orange/Freddy
He don't believe in it.
Joe Cabot
Shut up.
Joe Cabot
Hey, who didn't throw in?
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Mr Pink
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Mr Pink.
Mr. Orange/Freddy
Mr. Pink.
Joe Cabot
All right ramblers, let's get ramblin'
Joe Cabot
All right ramblers, let's get ramblin'.
Mr. Brown
[after Joe assigns names] Yeah, yeah, but "Mr. Brown"? That's little too close to "Mr. Shit".
Mr. Brown
[after Joe assigns names] Yeah, yeah, but 'Mr. Brown'? That's little too close to "Mr. Shit".
Mr. Pink
Yeah, "Mr. Pink" sounds like "Mr. Pussy". Tell you what, let me be Mr. Purple. That sounds good to me. I'm Mr. Purple.
Mr. Pink
Yeah, 'Mr. Pink' sounds like 'Mr. Pussy'. Tell you what, let me be Mr. Purple. That sounds good to me. I'm Mr. Purple.
Joe Cabot
You're *not* Mr. Purple. Somebody from another job's Mr. Purple. You're Mr. Pink!
Mr. Pink
And why am I Mr. Pink?
Joe Cabot
Because you're a faggot, alright?!
Mr. Pink
Why can't we pick our own colors?
Joe Cabot
No way, no way. I tried it once and it doesn't work. You get four guys, all fighting over who is going to be Mr. Black. But they don't know each other, so no one wants to back down. No way! I pick! You're Mr. Pink. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.
Mr. Brown
Yeah, but Mr. Brown, that's a little too close to Mr. Shit.
Mr. Pink
And Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy! How about Mr. Purple? That sounds good to me, I'll be Mr. Purple.
Joe Cabot
You're not Mr. Purple. Some guy on some other job is Mr. Purple! You're Mr. Pink!
Mr. White/Larry
Who cares what your name is?
Mr. Pink
Yeah, that's easy for you to say: you're Mr. White. You have a cool sounding name. Look if it's no big deal for you to be Mr. Pink you wanna trade?
Joe Cabot
Hey, nobody's trading with anybody. This ain't a goddamn city counsel meeting you know. Now listen up Mr. Pink. There is two ways you can go on the job: my way or the highway. Now what's it gonna be Mr. Pink?
Mr. Pink
Jesus Christ Joe, forget about it. It's beneath me you know. I'm Mr. Pink. Let's move on.
Joe Cabot
You have no idea what you're talking about. These people bust their ass. This is a hard job.
Mr. White
You have no idea what you're talking about. These people bust their ass. This is a hard job.
Mr. Pink
So is working at McDonalds but you don't feel the need to tip them do you? Why not? They're serving you food but no society says "no", don't tip these guys over there but tip these guys over here. Thats bullshit
Mr. Pink
So is working at McDonalds but you don't feel the need to tip them do you? Why not? They're serving you food but no society says 'no', don't tip these guys over there but tip these guys over here. Thats bullshit.
Joe Cabot
Waitressing is the number one job for female non-college graduates. Its the one job basically any woman can get and make a living on. Reason is because of tips.
Mr. White
Waitressing is the number one job for female non-college graduates. Its the one job basically any woman can get and make a living on. Reason is because of tips.
Mr. Pink
Fuck all that.
Mr. White/Larry
Give me that fucking thing
Mr. White/Larry
Give me that fucking thing.
Joe Cabot
Hey what the hell do you think your'e dong?
Mr. White/Larry
I sick of fucking hearing it I'll give it back when we leave
Mr. White/Larry
I'm sick of fucking hearing it. I'll give it back when we leave.
Joe Cabot
What do you mean when we leave? Give it back to me now
Joe Cabot
What do you mean when we leave? Give it back to me now.
Mr. White/Larry
For the past 15 minutes you have been droing on about names Toby Toby Toby Toby Wong Toby Wong Toby Wong Toby Chung fucking Charlie Chan I've got Maddonna's big dick coming out of my left ear and Toby the Jap I-don't-know-what coming out of my right
Mr. White/Larry
For the past fifteen minutes, you've been droning on about names. Toby. Toby? [flips pages in book]
Mr. White/Larry
Toby? Toby Wong. Toby Wong? Toby Wong. Toby Chung? Fucking Charlie Chan. I got Madonna's big dick coming out of my left ear, and Toby the Jap... I don't know what - comin' out of my right.
Nice Guy Eddie
Cummon, throw in a buck
Nice Guy Eddie
C'mon, throw in a buck!
Joe Cabot
C'mon, throw in a buck!
Mr. Pink
uh-uh....i dont tip.
Mr. Pink
Uh-uh, I don't tip.
Nice Guy Eddie
Whaddaya mean you don't tip?
Joe Cabot
Whaddaya mean you don't tip?
Mr. Pink
I don't believe in it.
Mr. Orange/Freddy
He don't believe in it.
Joe Cabot
Toby...who the fuck is Toby? Toby...Toby...think...think...think...
Joe Cabot
Toby, who the fuck is Toby? Toby. Toby. Think, think, think.